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New Museum Exhibit at the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

SC Sisters enjoying the new Sisters Today exhibit at the Seton Shrine

Sisters Carlette Gentle SCN, Colette Hanlon SCSH, and Rosemary MacDonald CSM enjoy their first glimpse at some portraits in the “Sisters Today” exhibit.


The Seton Shrine just opened a new, free exhibit showcasing the work that Sisters are doing today across the country and around the world. “Sisters Today – A World of Difference” shows Sisters hard at work everywhere, from the Arizona desert to the Canadian Arctic.

“When Elizabeth Ann Seton’s Sisters began serving the poor 200 years ago, that was only the beginning,” said Rob Judge, Executive Director of The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. “Today, these Sisters still serve the poor in every way and place you can imagine, from Peruvian villages to the United Nations. Visitors always ask us what the Sisters are doing now. With this new exhibit, we welcome everyone to come and see for themselves.”

The twelve congregations that form the Sisters of Charity Federation of North America trace their beginnings to the seeds sown by Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Saint Vincent de Paul and Saint Louise de Marillac. Today, these Sisters are based throughout the U.S. and Canada, and serve in dozens of countries all over the world. Through photography, artifacts and maps, the “Sisters Today” exhibit shows how and where they continue to serve, from running a food bank in a remote Navajo village, to saving lives in one of the country’s busiest emergency rooms, just outside New York City.

The “Sisters Today” exhibit is on display in the Visitor Center at the Seton Shrine, located at 339 South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, MD 21727. The Museum and Visitor Center are free, and open seven days a week, from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Find out more about the Seton Shrine by visiting

Written by Helen Jahn, Seton Shrine

Teresa Kotturan SCN United Nations representative

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Melissa Fisackerly SCN

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