FEAST DAY: January 4th
An American Beauty
Elizabeth Ann Seton, a native New Yorker, was two when the American Revolution began, and her family knew many of its heroes. Her young days were spent in the city, on Staten Island, or at Pelham on Long Island Sound, in her own words, “…humming and gathering shells…thoughts of God and heaven.”
She married William Seton, a wealthy merchant, upon whose early death in Italy she became a Catholic, although this entailed rejection by her family, and poverty.
A window with five children to support, in a man’s world, she ran a boarding house until she was invited by Bishop Carroll to open the first parochial school in the United States.
Soon after, as the founderess of the community of Sisters of Charity at Emmitsburg, Md., she and five friends adopted as habit the widow’s dress of the day, worn since 1803 by Mother Seton – as Bishop Carroll now addressed her – with her addition of large black rosary beads.
She loved the Scriptures, and lived them until her death in 1821, rejoicing in all the down-to-earth tasks, problems, sorrows and pain that came her way, as steps toward eternity.
St. Elizabeth Seton, pray for us and this your native land.
Dedicated with affection to the Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth who have selflessly served the parish of St. Thomas the Apostle Since 1939.
“Purify your hearts that they may appear to Him like bright little stars at the bottome of a fountain.”
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton 1774-1821
Cannonize Septemeber 14, 1975