Wednesday, January 04, 2006

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Happy eleventh day of Christmas. Today we celebrate an American saint, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton was born Elizabeth Ann Bayley on August 28, 1774 in New York City. Her remarkable life spans the full spectrum of human experience:

*a New York socialite,
*a devoted wife,
*dedicated volunteer in charitable organizations,
*mother of five children,
*convert to Roman Catholicism,
*educator, social minister and catechist,
*spiritual leader and formator,
*and a tireless servant of God.

Read more about her by visiting her National Shrine here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to live 5 minutes from the shrine. I am sure it is no coincidence tht one of the few truly Catholic seminaries is right there in Emmitsburg. Also Visitation Academy for girls is down the road in Frederick. It is one of the few orders who take older widowed women. Mother Seton...a wonderful example of early female Christian leaders.

2:35 PM  
Blogger Saint Peter's helpers said...

Anonymous, thank you for sharing this information. It is a blessing that Emmitsburg is surrounded by the richness of the Catholic faith. Yes, Mother Seton is truly an inspiration. I didn't know about their acceptance of older vocations. This is wonderful.

4:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recall hearing or reading somewhere that she and her female companions made quite an impression upon their arrival. It was pouring down rain and they had to get off their mules and walk up a swollen ravine to where the priests lived. I guess they looked a muddy fright but were so determined that they did make it to the top of the hill.

I'm sorry I can't verify the tale or relate it with more clarity. :(

5:19 PM  
Blogger Saint Peter's helpers said...

I guess they looked a muddy fright

Patte, that's a delightful tale! Thank you for sharing that. I suppose people in love with the Lord don't really care how they look as long as they get the job done.

God bless :)

7:54 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thank you for the link. I love visiting shrines. I'm going to visit the "Our Lady of COnsolation" shrine in Carey Ohio in march! have you heard of that one?

8:45 PM  
Blogger Saint Peter's helpers said...

Carmel, no I haven't been to the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation. I hope one day I can make a pilgrimage, God willing. I hope you and Jonathan will have wonderful visit there in March. It'll probably be a beautiful site during Lent and Easter!

10:39 PM  

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