Elizabeth Ann Seton is the first American born saint, born in New York City on August 28, 1774. She was born to into an Episcopal family, her mother was the daughter of an Episcopal minister. Elizabeth Ann Bayley, (her maiden name) married William Seton and had five children. William died in 1803 leaving Elizabeth a widow. Her home in NYC is now the Shrine of Elizabeth Ann Seton.
She converted to Catholicism and founded the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph’s, the first Catholic religious order to originate in the United States, which after her death became linked with the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. As the name suggests the Daughters of Charity follows the rule of the Vincentian religious order. Therefore, you’ll find several miraculous medal icons on the Emmitsburg campus, influenced by the Vincentians in nearby Philadelphia, who manage the Miraculous Medal Shrine.
There are over 200 stained glass windows at the shrine.
Above photo from the 37th anniversary of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton’s canonization. (September 14, 1975)
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