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Elizabeth Ann Seton

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Saint Elizabeth Seton Praying the Rosary

Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton (August 28, 1774 - January 2 1821) was born an Episcopalian but changed her confession to Roman Catholic. After the death of her husband, she established a school in Boston, Massachusetts to support her family as well as the education of her five daughters. At the invitation of the Archbishop of Baltimore she established Saint Joseph's Academy and Free School, a school dedicated to the education of Catholic girls, initiating the parochial movement in the United States. She founded the first religious congregation of women of the United States, The Sisters of Charity of Saint Joseph's (at Emmitsburg, Maryland in the Archdiocese of Baltimore) to run the new school system. Seton Hall University, in South Orange, NJ, is named for her. It is the first Diocesan university in the United States.

On December 18,1959 Mother Seton was declared Venerable by the Sacred Congregation of the Catholic Church.

On September 14,1975 Pope Paul VI declared her a saint, she is the first native-born American to be canonized.
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Patronage: Widows, Children Near Death and Teachers

Feast day: January 4


See also


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A house where she once lived in New York City (at 7 State Street) is now a shrine in her honor. May 2005.
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