Arthur Sheehan was born in 1908 in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada and was educated at local schools there and at St. Mary's College, Halifax. As an adult he moved from Canada to the United States. In New York City, Arthur Sheehan would become a good friend of the Catholic Worker Movement and of its founders Peter Maurin and Dorothy Day. Meanwhile Mr. Sheehan had experience working for the Associated Press and as director of publicity for CARE, Inc.
Elizabeth Odell Sheehan, born in Watertown, New York, received her B.A. degree at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York and took graduate courses at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Before her marriage to Arthur, Elizabeth was on the public relations staff of the national Catholic Community Service in Washington and edited its monthly bulletin.
As a married couple, the Sheehans frequently acted as a writing team. Together they turned out numerous articles for newspapers and magazines and had a number of books published, including an earlier adult biography of Pierre Toussaint. When Cardinal Terence Cooke opened an official investigation into Pierre Toussaint's heroic virtue as a man of God, the Sheehans were able to supply important documentary information for this Cause. Toussaint is now recognized by the Church as "Venerable."
Together the Sheehans wrote two other books for young people, Father Damien and the Bells and Rose Hawthorne: the Pilgrimage of Nathaniel's Daughter. Elizabeth was also the sole author of several more Vision Books for children. The Sheehans, living in New York City, raised two daughters. Arthur Sheehan died in 1975. Elizabeth lived until 2003.