Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774–1821)

First American-born saint

Born Elizabeth Bayley in New York, she married businessman William Seton in 1794. In 1805 she was received into the Catholic Church, the ceremony occurring at St. Peter's Church. Already a practitioner of charitable work, she expanded her efforts and soon attracted a following, which would become the nucleus of the Sisters of Charity in the United States. Mother Seton and her sisters established their motherhouse at Emmitsburg, Maryland, from whence their work in Catholic education spread widely.


Catholic Encyclopedia * National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton * Catholic Forum * Emmitsburg Area Historical Society


Young Adult J. Waters, Elizabeth Ann Seton, Saint for a New Nation

Children's J. Grunwell, Saint Elizabath Ann Seton: Daughter of America



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