Newsnote: New book published on the history of Saint-Lazare and its surrounding neighborhood

Du clos Saint-Lazare à la gare du Nord

Histoire d’un quartier de Paris

La léproserie Saint-Lazare devint en 1632 le berceau de la congrégation de la Mission que Saint Vincent de Paul avait fondée quelques années auparavant. Cet espace subit d’importantes transformations au cours des XIXe et XXe siècles. C’est l’histoire de la maison Saint-Lazare et de son clos que ce livre tente d’éclaircir, non pas tant la prison pour femmes, que l’économie de la maison mère d’une des principales congrégations de la France de l’Ancien Régime et son adaptation successive à différents usages.

Avec le soutien de l’université Paris-Est Créteil Val-de-Marne (UPEC).

Coédition Comité d’histoire de la Ville de Paris.


Frédéric Jiméno, Karen Bowie et Florence Bourillon (dir.)


Domaine : Histoire | Histoire longue durée

Collection : Histoire


Presses Universitaire de Rennes

Format : 16,5 x 24 cm
Nombre de pages : 256 p.

Illustrations : Couleurs et N & B

ISBN : 978-2-7535-6612-5

Disponibilité : en librairie
Prix : 25,00 €

Newsnote: Abbe J. Chevalier Soeur Apolline Andriveau and the Red Scapular

Apolline Andriveau naît le 7 mai 1810 à Saint Pourçain dans l’Allier. Après de brillantes études, elle quitte le monde à 23 ans et entre dans la Compagnie des Filles de la Charité à Troyes où tous les témoignages concordent pour louer sa piété, sa douceur, sa charité. Dès 1846, elle reçut des faveurs de Notre Seigneur au sujet de Sa Passion et elle fut appelée par la Providence à remplir une mission toute surnaturelle concernant la propagation du Scapulaire de la Passion de Jésus et de la Compassion de la Très sainte Vierge Marie. Ce livre révèle les sentiments de l’âme de S ur Apolline, embrasée de l’amour de Jésus crucifié. Elle est une gloire pour la Compagnie des Filles de la Charité et un exemple pour tous ceux qui veulent se joindre à elle pour ranimer la dévotion aux mystères douloureux de la Passion.

  • Broché: 318 pages
  • Editeur : Rassemblement à Son Image Editions (27 octobre 2016)
  • Langue : Français
  • ISBN-10: 2364634644
  • ISBN-13: 978-2364634640
  • Dimensions du produit: 20 x 2,3 x 14 cm

Newsnote: Important Document acquired concerning Vincent de Paul’s canonization

The Vincentiana Collection at DePaul University’s Archives and Special Collections has recently acquired a copy of a 1738 decree of King Louis XV of France ordering the publication of the June 1737 bull of canonization for Vincent de Paul. The Jansenist and Gallican members of the Parlement of Paris had tried to stop the publication because of the strong anti-Jansenist language used by Clement XII in the bull. After the Lazarist superior general appealed to the King on behalf of the Congregation of the Mission the king ordered Parlement to register the papal bull as law of the kingdom. For more details of this canonization controversy see my book on Henri de Maupas’ funeral oration for Vincent de Paul.

Newsnote: New Louise de Marillac book published by New City Press

Louise de Marillac, born out of wedlock into an aristocratic family, young widow and mother of a son, fully committed her life to all those who were suffering, regardless of who they were. In Paris together with St. Vincent de Paul she founded a community of Sisters, who dedicated themselves to care for the sick and for the poor. The Daughters of Charity, one of the largest Catholic women religious communities are active today in more than 100 countries. Available from

Newsnote: “Elizabeth Seton’s New York: A Guidebook.”

New from the Sisters of Charity of New York Elizabeth Seton’s New York—A Guidebook 200th Anniversary Edition Adapted by Regina Bechtle, SC 20-Page Booklet, Illustrations in Color Visit sites where Elizabeth Seton lived and prayed in downtown Manhattan, Staten Island, and New Rochelle. Follow in the footsteps of this intrepid woman of New York and first native-born saint of the United States. COST 1 to 4 copies $ 8 per copy (includes shipping) 5 to 9 copies $ 7 per copy (additional shipping costs will be added when order is received) For 10 copies or more, please call Sr. Regina Bechtle at 718.549.9200 Please make check payable to Sisters of Charity, New York. Send payment & order to: Sisters of Charity Center EAS Guidebook 6301 Riverdale Ave Bronx, NY 10471 ATTN: Sr. Regina Bechtle

Publication news. History of Daughters of Charity in Britain 1847-2017

Leaving God for God: Daughters of Charity in Britain 1847-2017

Leaving God for God is a study of five generations of Catholic Sisters in Britain from 1847 to 2017 and of their wide-ranging ministries to people in poverty.

Written with full access to the Daughters of Charity’s archives in London and Paris, this study assesses how the Sisters lived out their undertaking to serve the most marginalised in society in the modern era, coming up to the present day. Themes explored in the book include: the nature of the Daughters’ community culture; the development of Marian devotional life in Britain; the influence of lay and religious status and gender on the Church’s mission at home and overseas; the Sisters’ engagement in civil society and with the State; their response to the Second Vatican Council; and the interplay of national identities in Catholic Britain.

The history of Catholicism in England and Scotland is seen in fresh perspective through the lens of this singular transnational community of women. Their history, it is argued, challenges both the mainstream narrative about the nature of philanthropy and charity in Britain and the Church’s narrative about Catholic Sisters in the twentieth century.

Published in hardback by Darton, Longman and Todd Leaving God for God (448pp) is fully referenced and indexed and includes 64 pages of full-colour visual essays and a Gazetteer providing details on every House opened and closed by the Sisters since 1847.

Susan O’Brien is currently a senior member of St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge and former Principal of the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology in Cambridge.

On sale from the Daughters of Charity in Britain through their website ; for £20 plus £3 packing and postage

or via Darton Longman and Todd and Amazon for £25 (UK)

Forthcoming Publication Announcement “In Missouri’s Wilds St. Mary of the Barrens and the American Catholic Church, 1818 to the present.”

From the publisher Truman State University Press
“In 1818, a small group of Catholic clerics established a religious community in southeastern Missouri and opened a school, grounded in its European Vincentian roots but influenced by the isolation of its rural location. St. Mary’s of the Barrens because the first American institution of higher learning west of the Mississippi River and only the fourth Catholic seminary in the United States. Over the years, St. Mary’s emerged as a significant institution whose early leaders played an important role in the development of the Catholic Church on the American frontier. The school’s subsequent history reflected the changing status of the growing American Catholic community. In this history of “the Barrens,” Rick Janet demonstrates how its story reflects the broader sweep of the American Catholic experience.”

Richard J. Janet currently serves as professor of history at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, where he has taught since 1985. He received the PhD in modern European history from the University of Notre Dame. Janet is the author of numerous articles, essays, and reviews (both scholarly and popular). His work on the history of the Congregation of the Mission in the United States is supported by the Vincentian Studies Institute of DePaul University.

ISBN: 978161281982
Available as an ebook and paperback edition.

Newsnote: Revised edition of “Praying with Elizabeth Ann Seton” is published by the V.S.I.

By Margaret Alderman and Josephine Burns, D.C.

New edition edited by Betty Ann McNeil, D.C.



As the first saint to grow from the soil of the United States, Elizabeth Ann Seton holds a special place in the story of the Catholic church in America. A wife and widow, mother of five children, founder of a new community of religious women, teacher and administrator, Elizabeth was remarkable by any standard. Most importantly, Elizabeth Seton was a holy person who companioned other people to a greater love of God and of their sisters and brothers.



Praise for Praying with Elizabeth Ann Seton:


Elizabeth Seton has great name recognition among many around the world. Some know the basic outline of her life, but few know with any depth the beauty and profundity of her spiritual life. Sister Betty Ann McNeil, D.C., has provided a great service by overseeing the revised republication of Praying with Elizabeth Ann Seton. It is one of the few books available that offer an in-depth look at important aspects of the saint’s spirituality. For those who use it to truly PRAY with Elizabeth Seton, it can be an opportunity, not only to appreciate Elizabeth’s spiritual journey, but to open the door to one’s own journey into a deeper relationship with God.


Sister Judith Metz, S.C.

Archivist and Historian

Sisters of Charity, Cincinnati, OH


117 pages

ISBN: 978-1-936696-10-9

Retail price: $16.99

Available from the Seton Shrine Book Shop:

Bearing Hate, Living With Hope

No matter what I do right before I go to bed my brain keeps locking on things that are really disturbing, he said.    Me too!  I say. Happens to me.

Especially if I am reading people’s alarming Facebook posts or the news late into the evening.  But you can’t be stuck there, I tell him.  You can say a mantra like “God, replace my fear with faith” or just something like “Hope hope hope hope hope…”

Hope.  At the CPAC conference tonight it seems like many are brimming with hope, while that which gives them hope troubles others.  Every day headlines are so demoralizing – bomb threats and Jewish cemetery vandalism. Mass deportations planned. Rising Islamophobic acts. Troubling racism. Environmental threats.  Political scandals.  Communication breakdowns.

I recently saw someone flash the headlines from a 1968 paper and the unrest looked eerily close to what we are experiencing now.  How does one respond?  How do you sustain yourself to act for justice?  The Center for Religion, Culture and Community hosted a panel on January 24th called “Bearing Hate, Living with Hope” that looked at these kinds of questions and asked: what do religious activist and religion have to tell us about community building in a fractured world?

I invite you to watch the panel via the link at the end of this piece.  In the meantime, here are a few nuggets and questions (in my own words) I gratefully latched on to from Moderator Dr. David Wellman of DePaul’s Religious Studies and the panelists — alumna and current Associate Dean of the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel at Howard University Rev. Waltrina Middleton, DePaul Muslim Chaplain Abdul-Malik Ryan, and Rabbi Cantor Michael Davis.

A framing question from David Wellman: What resources can religious traditions offer — such as the spiritual assumption that all human beings have equal worth regardless of identity or social status,  that people living on the margins have a tremendous amount to offer society and that inclusive communities are achievable?

Wisdom from Rabbi Davis:
Religious community can be a place outside of politics, a place to reconnect.

“We need the Other to keep us who we are.”  When you extend a hand in solidarity, a hand reaches back, sustains you. …What sustains you?

Have a spirit of inquiry!  Be curious about divisive issues – don’t jump into talking about right and wrong.  Ask “What is your story?  Why do you hold these beliefs?”  Get past the politeness of avoiding landmines in order to build community.

Money has strings!  Faculty and staff more constrained than students because money is involved!  So students – act! Act Now!

Wisdom from Rev. Middleton:
Faith leaders must challenge the status quo- introduce revolution!  Christ honored the tradition and was revolutionary.  As a clergy humanist womanist activist – I want to help all cross the freedom line!

God is showing up now – are WE?  Standing up is a risk.  We must be prophetic in speaking truth to power!  Christ showed that we must be concerned about social justice and get involved in social/political movements.

I don’t really like terms like “right” or “left” – we all share common values of love, for justice.

Waltrina told a story about her family demonstrating against the Confederate flag in South Carolina for 40 years.  It is powerful and I invite you to watch it on the video.  Year in, and year out they took action.   Her grandmother did not see the flag come down – but she had a part in it.  Waltrina said, “My work is not for me.”  I may never see the fruits of my labors – but future generations will witness to them.  If you depend on results for encouragement, this is a problem.  Do the action and give the results to God.

Whether or not it makes a difference, it makes sense for us to be in the struggle! You need something to give you hope in the struggle – what gives you hope?

Wisdom from Abdul-Malik Ryan:

No one wishes for them, but struggle and persecution can increase community support.  It can bring out positives.  It’s also lonely to struggle — and loneliness leads you to God.

Theologically in Islam, God is in control. There is wisdom in this — this is not the end. Your story will continue. You need to believe God is in this, and face reality and problems head on.  Platitudes will not do, but you can acknowledge problems in a real way and point people to hope and the greater reality that God is with us.

You should read the second inaugural address of Abraham Lincoln!  We need to claim some universal figures despite their flaws and look at what they actually said.

“Defeating the enemy” is not the end goal – reconciling with them is.  Do you have the courage to forgive after the struggle for justice?

Abdul-Malik contended that people late to a movement or the struggle are still trying to help, so why be overly critical and hard on them?  Make it easy for people to join you and do what you’d like them to do.  Waltrina pushed back. She said lots of people on the margins have their cries for solidarity ignored.  We said, “Come to Ferguson to honor a murdered son” and White women did not come.  When they ask me to march in DC for their issues I ask, “Will you also come be with me?  Share my burden?” Why did there even have to be push back on the Women’s March to increase inclusion? We need to demand to honor the narrative of all!    Make space to listen and honor the narrative – Ask where does it hurtUbuntu – I am because we are (because God calls us…).

At one point, Rabbi Davis said it was a big deal to share spiritual space with fellow activists, to generate ideas and hope.  I agree with him, and was glad to be there for it.  If you’d like to view the entire program by linking here – please do!

Katie Brick, MDiv, is the Director of the Office of Religious Diversity (ORD)
at DePaul University. ORD co-sponsored the panel with the CRCC.