Elizabeth Ann Seton Pray for Newtown Connecticut
Elizabeth Ann Seton
Patron saint of children tragically lost,
pray for Newtown Connecticut and for us!
Elizabeth Ann Seton was the foundress and first superior of the Sisters of Charity in the United States and founded the first parochial school in the US. She was born Elizabeth Ann Bayley in New York City, on August 28th, 1774, two years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, of prominent and devout Episcopalian parents. She died on January 4th, 1821 in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
Married in 1794, Elizabeth Ann Seton’s husband died in Pisa in 1803 of tuberculosis leaving her bankrupt and with five children. She first began to see the beauty of the Catholic faith on this trip to Italy and was eventually received into the Catholic Church on Ash Wednesday 1805 in New York. A new community for teaching poor children was formed in 1809 and the rule approved in 1812. Despite the fact that she had to care for her own children, and against her wishes, she was elected superior of the new order, the Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul. Her grandson and cousin of Archbishop James Roosevelt Bayley (first bishop of Newark and founder of Seton Hall University), Archbishop Robert John Seton (first person in the USA to be honored with the Roman Prelatura and made dean of all the monsignori in the US), wrote a memoir of Elizabeth Seton. She died at the age of 46 of tuberculosis.
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