Jan 04, About Today for Elizabeth Ann Seton, Rel

January 4

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious


St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was born in Maryland in 1774. The daughter of a prominent Columbia College professor and a devout Anglican mother, Elizabeth Ann was studious and pious. At age 20, she married and later, had five children. She and her sister-in-law, Rebecca Seton, cared deeply for New York’s poor, organizing social programs in the city to help them. After the death of her husband, St. Elizabeth Ann converted to Catholicism, eventually taking private vows. In 1809, she founded the Sisters of Charity, modeled after St. Vincent de Paul’s Daughters of Charity in France. The group would go on to pioneer the American Catholic school system. [1][2][3]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD

[1] Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, The Martyrology of the Monastery of the Ascension, 2008.
[2] Paul VI, Homily, September 14, 1975.
[3] Catholicpedia: The Original Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. s.v. “St.Elizabeth Ann Seton.”

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