Marie Celeste papers
Scope and Contents
The Sister Marie Celeste papers consist of documents pertaining to the life of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. The materials were donated to the university by Sister Marie Celeste in 2001. The collection is divided into three series: Personal papers, Professional papers, and Research materials. Included in the Research materials are source documents, note cards, academic texts, correspondence, magazines and photographs. The collection does not contain original documents of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. The information in the collection is in English and French.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection includes audio-visual materials. Access copies of audiotapes, audio cassette tapes, video cassette tapes, film reels, or other audio-visual materials may need to be ordered prior to on-site research. Please contact us to inquire about access to audio-visual materials.
Otherwise, materials are available for research at the Msgr. William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center. Advance appointments are required for the use of archival materials.
Conditions Governing Use
All materials available in this collection (unless otherwise noted) are the property of the Monsignor William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center and Seton Hall University, which reserves the right to limit access to or reproduction of these materials. Reproduction of materials or content is subject to United States copyright restrictions and may be subject to federal or state privacy regulations. Permission to publish exact reproductions must be obtained from the Director of the Archives and Special Collections Center.
Biographical / Historical
Sister Marie Celeste is a noted author, Sister of Charity, and professor of French Studies at Loyola University. She has been involved in higher education, specifically the study of foreign language, for the majority of her life. Sister Marie Celeste received her Master's Degree in French Studies in 1956 and her Doctorate in French Language and Literature in 1959 from Laval University. She has served as professor of French Studies at the University of Ottawa, Seton Hill College, and Loyola University. From 1971-1973, she served as Director of Foreign Languages in the Illinois State Office of the Superintendent. During her time as director, Sister Marie Celeste changed the requirements and the way in which foreign language would be taught in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools throughout Illinois.
In 1975, after traveling to Rome for the canonization ceremonies for Elizabeth Ann Seton, Sister Marie Celeste was encouraged to write a book on the spirituality of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton by Monsignor Pasquale and Pope Paul VI. Sister Marie Celeste devoted the next ten years to researching the life and spirituality of Elizabeth Ann Seton through her personal letters and diaries. In 1984, Elizabeth Ann Seton: A Self Portrait; A Story of Her Spirituality in Her Own Words was published. Sister Marie Celeste has gone on to write The Intimate Friendships of Elizabeth Anne Bayley Seton, Elizabeth Ann Seton: A Woman of Prayer, and developed the script for Elizabeth Anne Seton: A Citizen of the World; From Dawn to Sunset Glow.
6 Linear Feet (19 boxes.)
Language of Materials
Sister Marie Celeste is a noted author, Sister of Charity, and professor of French Studies at Loyola University. She has written several books on the life of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. The Marie Celeste papers consist of documents pertaining to the life of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton as well as some other professional and some personal papers.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection was the gift of Sister Marie Celeste, 2001.
The collection was processed Spring 2008 by Courtney Bryson.
Finding aid updated by Patrick Tobias and Tracy M. Jackson as part of the Overhaul Project, 2013-2014.
- Marie Celeste papers, 1958-1998
- Finding aid prepared by Courtney Bryson.
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- Finding aid written in English.