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Elizabeth Ann Seton - Saint for a New Nation

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Elizabeth Ann Seton

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Julie Walters

Elizabeth Bayley Seton, or Mother Seton as she is often called, was a member of New York's high society . . . wife, mother, then widow . . . famous convert . . . founder of the American Sisters of Charity . . . and finally canonized saint.  This dramatized account of her life includes all these well-known highlights, as well as the lesser-known suffering she endured along the way - being virtually abandoned by her father as a child, her long quarantine in an Italian prison while her husband lay dying in her arms, her intense persecution by New York society when she converted to Roman Catholicism, and her struggles with church authority while she was establishing her community.  Through it all shines her absolute reliance on God and her deep sense of his intimate presence.

"The persona and story of Elizabeth Ann Seton:  Saint for a New Nation rings true and nurtures one's soul while also providing enjoyable reading.  Julie Walters' creative and interesting style portrays the warmth, depth, and complexity of a woman whose journey of faith led her from the Episcopal to the Roman Catholic Church, from the society of New York to the mountains of Maryland, leaving in her wake a rich legacy of charity and spirituality, especially through the American Sisters of Charity, her spiritual daughters."
- Betty Ann McNeil, D.C., Archivist, Daughters of Charity

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

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.

4 January 1821 in Emmitsburg, Maryland of natural causes

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