Sarah Worthington King Peter

Sarah Worthington King Peter (1800-1877), a wealthy widow and Catholic convert, was instrumental in bringing the Order to Cincinnati.   

Sarah Peter was the daughter of Thomas Worthington, the sixth governor of Ohio and its first senator; and the widow of Edward King, a prominent lawyer, and, later, of William Peter, the British consul to Philadelphia.  She traveled frequently to Europe, where she first met the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Rome and often stayed at their motherhouse in Angers, France.  She convinced three other orders to establish convents in Cincinnati, as well: the Sisters of Mercy, the Little Sisters of the Poor, and the Franciscan Sisters.


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King, M. R. (1889). Memoirs of the Life of Mrs. Sarah Peter, 2 v. (Cincinnati, R. Clarke & Co.,1889).