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Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Saint's Corner: Elizabeth Ann Seton

Name: Elizabeth Ann Seton
Birth & Death: 28 August 1774 - 4 January 1821
Feast Day: 4 January
Country of Origin: USA
Order: Founder of the Sisters of Charity
History: Born Elizabeth Ann Bayley, Elizabeth was raised Episcopalian. She married in 1794 to William Magee Seton and the couple had five children before his death in 1803. Before her husbands death the couple had moved to Italy and there Elizabeth was introduced to Roman Catholicism, being received into the Church in 1805 after returning to the United States. Inspired by the Daughters of Charity in Europe, she established the Sisters of Charity which was the first congregation of religious sisters to be founded in the United States. She became Mother Seton and her daughter Catherine also joined the newly founded congregation. She dedicated the rest of her life to her congregation. She died in 1821 after contracting tuberculosis. In 1850 the Sisters of Charity merged with the Daughters of Charity, becoming their branch in the United States as Mother Seton had dreamed.


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