Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American born saint cannonized by the Catholic Church was born on this date in 1774.
Establishing the first Catholic school for girls in the nation, at Emmitsburg, MD, Mother Seton then went on to be the Foundress of The Sisters of Charity, the first order of nuns to be formed in the United States. Also see Daughters of Charity.
To her, I have a special devotion, having studied her life, walked on the paths she did and often prayed on the same spot she taught children at what is now The National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, located on the grounds of my alma mater, Mt. St. Mary’s College, (now University). The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is also a required stop off, whenever I am in town.
May her life of faith during struggles and of giving of herself, continue to be an example to all, especially me.
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