Faith & Life

ELIZABETH ANN SETON

1/7/2015

C. 1774 – 1821

Feast – January 4

The first American-born 
saint was a married mother
 of five. Following the death
of her husband in 1803, 
Elizabeth became a 
Catholic and formed a
 community of women in 
Maryland. She spent her 
life helping the poor and
 the sick and dedicated her years as a religious sister to education. She established the Sisters of Charity in the United States. They are considered founders of the parochial school system. Seton was canonized in 1975. A shrine in her name is located in Maryland.

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