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Rev. Lawrence G. Lovasik, S. V. D.

This full-color illustrated children's book from the collection of St. Joseph Picture Books tells the story of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, from her birth through her death and resulting sainthood.


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0899422977
9780899422978
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7 1/4"  (18.4 cm) x 5 1/2"  (13.9 cm)
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1981

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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 01/04
Tridentine Calendar - 01/04


Patron Of: Death Of Children, Death Of Parents, Widows, people ridiculed for their piety, Apostleship of the Sea, In-law Problems, Opposition of Church Authorities, Diocese of Shreveport, Louisiana

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Born into a wealthy and influential Episcopalian family, the daughter of a Dr Richard Bayley, Elizabeth was raised in the New York high society of the late 18th century. Her mother died when Elizabeth was three years old, her baby sister a year later. She married the wealthy businessman William Magee Seton in 1794 at age 19, and was the mother of five.

About ten years into the marriage, William's business failed, and soon after he died of tuberculosis, leaving Elizabeth an impoverished widow with five small children. For years Elizabeth had felt drawn to Catholicism, believing in the Real Presence in the Eucharist and in the lineage of the Church going back to Christ and the Apostles. She converted to Catholicism, entering the Church on 14 March 1805, alienating many of her strict Episcopalian family in the process.

To support her family, and insure the proper education of her children, she opened a school in Boston. Though a private and secular institution, from the beginning she ran it along the lines of a religious community. At the invitation of the archbishop, she established a Catholic girl's school in Baltimore, Maryland which initiated the parochial school system in America. To run the system she founded the Sisters of Charity in 1809, the first native American religious community for women.

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4 January 1821 in Emmitsburg, Maryland of natural causes



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