St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Feast Days: January 4
Time Period: 1774-1821
Place: United States of America
Patronage: unknown

Elizabeth Ann Seton was the first native born American to be canonized. Elizabeth was born two years prior to the American Revolution in New York’s upper class. Her mother died while she was young and Elizabeth lived a quiet, simple, often lonely life, finding comfort in reading. She fell in love and married William Seton and within nine years they were raising rive children. Will’s death from tuberculosis while the family was in Italy and many separations from loved ones through distance and death drew Elizabeth closer to God. Through prayer she sought to embracing God’s will for her life. This developed in her a desire for the Eucharist and led her to join the Catholic Church in 1805. Elizabeth founded the Sisters of Charity which is credited with launching the parochial school system in the United States. Mother Seton died of tuberculosis in 1821. She was known for her kindness, patience, good sense, wit and courtesy.

The accidents of life separate us from our dearest friends, but let us not espair. God is like a looking glass in which souls see each other. The more we are united to him by love, the nearer we are to those who belong to Him.