St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Elizabeth Ann was born of the distinguished Bayley family in New York City in 1774 and died 47 years later in 1821 at Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Love of God and her neighbor served as the spiritual force that motivated her as a loving wife, a caring mother of five and, following the death of her husband, William Magee Seton, a much concerned widow.

Against fierce opposition, Elizabeth Ann Seton became a Catholic in 1805. During the last sixteen years of her life, she devoted herself to the education of young ladies, entered religious life, founded the American Sisters of Charity and cooperated in laying the foundation of the American Catholic parochial school system, finding time also to minister to the poor and the sick. As the beloved and saintly Mother Seton, she died on January 4, 1821.

She was canonized in 1975, the first native-born North American so honored.

You are invited to join in the two Special Novenas of Masses and Prayers.