Oil Dedicated to St Elizabeth Ann Seton 2 (Patron for Seafarers)
St Elizabeth Ann Seton 2 (Patron for Seafarers) from A Blessed Call To Love, Ireland.
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton was an American Roman Catholic nun, educator, and social worker who lived from 1774 to 1821. She is the first native-born American to be canonized as a saint by the Catholic Church, and is revered for her pioneering work in education and social welfare.
Elizabeth Ann Bayley was born in New York City in 1774, into a prominent Anglican family. She married William Seton in 1794, and together they had five children. William’s business failed, and he died of tuberculosis in Italy in 1803, leaving Elizabeth a widow with young children.
In 1805, Elizabeth converted to Catholicism, a decision that caused her to ostracized by her family and friends. She moved with her children to Emmitsburg, Maryland, where she founded a school for girls and a religious community, the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph.
Seton’s community dedicated to serving the poor and the sick, and its members worked in hospitals, orphanages, and schools. Seton also founded the first Catholic parochial school in the United States.
Despite facing numerous challenges and setbacks, Seton remained committed to her mission of serving others. She died of tuberculosis in 1821, at the age of 46.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s legacy lives on today, through the many educational and charitable institutions founded by the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph. She remembered as a trailblazer for Catholic education in the United States, and for her lifelong dedication to serving others.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton canonized as a saint by the Catholic Church in 1975. Her feast day celebrated on January 4th. She also recognized as a saint by the Episcopal Church, and her feast day in that tradition celebrated on August 19th.