Sisters of Charity to Release Archivist Book In October
Archives of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill announce the upcoming publication of Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill for Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America Series.
Featuring over 200 historic images, the book will delve deep into the history of the Sisters of Charity and their work in education, (including Seton Hill University and parish schools), healthcare, social service, and pastoral ministry in Western Pennsylvania, Arizona, Korea, and more.
Copies will be available for purchase through the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, on Amazon, in regional Barnes & Noble bookstores, and elsewhere. If purchased directly through the Sisters of Charity, a larger portion of the proceeds will return to the sisters.
Highlights of the Book
- A portion of the profits will go to support the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill
- Images feature Catholic schools, parishes, and local neighborhoods throughout the Dioceses of Pittsburgh (PA), Greensburg (PA), Tucson (AZ), and Phoenix (AZ).
- The book highlights the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill’s work with vulnerable populations, including orphaned children at Roselia Foundling and Maternity Hospital, deaf and hard-of-hearing students at DePaul Institute in Pittsburgh, and the poor through various social service ministries.
About the Authors
Casey Bowser, 29, is a native of Latrobe, Pennsylvania. As the first lay archivist of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, she is responsible for the historic documents, photographs, and objects related to the congregation and its ministries.
A 2012 graduate of Saint Vincent College, Casey studied history and public history before pursuing a graduate degree in museum studies. After five years at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Casey became the archivist for the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in 2017. Bowser is an active member of the Society of American Archivists and serves on the board for the Archivists for Congregations of Women Religious (ACWR). In addition to her professional pursuits, Bowser enjoys spending time with her spunky threeyear-old, Eleanor.
With the sesquicentennial of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in 2020, Bowser hopes that this book will
illuminate the exceptional historic legacy of the congregation for the general public. Additionally, she believes
the images will spark warm memories and inspire others to emulate the good work of the Sisters of Charity.
Sister Louise Grundish is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Sister Louise has been a member of the Sisters of Charity since 1951. She became archivist of the Sisters of Charity in 2004 and assumed the title of archivist emeritus in 2017.
During her early ministerial years, Sister Louise practiced and taught nursing in schools in the Pittsburgh area. She received a diploma in nursing from Pittsburgh Hospital School of Nursing, a BSN from Duquesne University, and Master’s in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh.
An active member of the Society of American Archivists and the Archivists for Congregations of Women Religious (ACWR), Sister Louise served as a former President and Board member of ACWR. In addition to her professional pursuits, Sister Louise enjoys reading, cooking for friends, and volunteer work.
Sister Louise enjoyed gathering the pictures and information for this book and working with her co-author to share the wonderful history of the congregation. She hopes the story of her sisters inspire others to go out to the world and do whatever is needed to bring life, healing and comfort to others .