Oil Dedicated to St Elizabeth Ann Seton 4 (Patron for Catholic Schools)
St Elizabeth Ann Seton 4 (Patron for Catholic Schools) from A Blessed Call To Love, Ireland.
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, also known as Mother Seton, is recognized as the patroness of Catholic schools in the United States. She was a prominent figure in the early history of the Catholic Church in America and made significant contributions to Catholic education.
Elizabeth Ann Seton was born on August 28, 1774, in New York City. She raised in a prominent Episcopalian family and married William Magee Seton in 1794. The couple had five children, and Elizabeth actively engaged in social and charitable work.
Tragedy struck when her husband’s business failed, and he fell ill with tuberculosis. Seeking a change of climate, Elizabeth and her family traveled to Italy, where her husband ultimately passed away. During her time in Italy, Elizabeth exposed to Catholicism and deeply moved by the faith. She converted to Catholicism in 1805, which caused strain within her family and social circles.
Upon returning to the United States, Elizabeth faced financial difficulties and the responsibility of raising her children alone. She moved to Baltimore, Maryland, and founded a school for girls in 1808. This institution, known as St. Joseph’s Academy and Free School, was the first free Catholic school in the United States.
Elizabeth went on to establish the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph’s, the first religious community for women in America. The sisters dedicated themselves to the service of the poor, the education of children, and the care of the sick. The order grew, and their mission expanded to include the establishment of orphanages and hospitals.