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Responding to the call of discipleship.

Seton Family is a lay-centered program answering the call of Vatican II for the renewal of the whole church, a church in which the laity have an indispensable role.


The Setonian-Vincentian spiritual tradition in the Church began with Saints Vincent de Paul and Louise de Marillac in 17th century France. This spirituality calls us to honor our Lord Jesus Christ as the  source and model of all charity. It compels a profound concern for all people, their dignity, their rights, their holy humanity, and their eternal destiny. Elizabeth Ann Seton embraced the Vincentian pattern of life, prayer and service to guide her as she established the Sisters of Charity in 19th century America. This spirituality is especially  devoted to the poor and vulnerable among us.


In 2001, the U.S. Province of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill responded with this new initiative to the mandates of Vatican II.

The Seton Family supports lay women and men in their desire to grow to maturity in the Body of Christ. Within the Seton Family, the spirit and example of St. Elizabeth Seton, St. Vincent de Paul, and St. Louise de Marillac provide a simple spiritual way to all who desire to live out their baptism with insight and energy in their everyday 21st century lives.

Seton Family is a way of growing and maturing in the Spirit through learning, prayer, community, and service with other lay women and men attracted by the spiritual tradition inherited from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Vincent de Paul, and St. Louise de Marillac.


Local Seton Family groups gather at numerous locations throughout the United States. Local groups meet regularly on a schedule decided by each local group and its facilitator. Local group facilitators may be Sisters of Charity or laity. Facilitators gather regularly with the Seton Family Coordinator at least twice a year for ongoing education and training.


  • Greensburg, PA
  • Pittsburgh, PA (Brookline and Bethel Park)
  • Pittsfield, MA
  • Jacksonville, NC
  • Tucson, AZ

Be the guest of a group to see if Seton Family is right for you. If you are not close to any of these locations, think about becoming part of a group that will meet by Zoom or Skype.

Seton Family Organizers

Sister Gertrude Foley, SC
Sister Edith Strong, SC