Seton Heritage Ministries

Her Legacy Lives On

The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton promotes the life and legacy of Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first native-born U.S. saint. More than 200 years ago, she came to Emmitsburg, Maryland as a bankrupt widow with five children, and went on to found the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph’s, the first community for religious women established in the United States.

Her legacy now includes the Sisters of Charity religious congregations in the United States and Canada, whose members serve in schools, social service centers and hospitals throughout North America and beyond. Mother Seton, as she is often called, was canonized on Sunday, September 14, 1975 in St. Peter’s Square by Pope Paul VI. She was the first citizen born in the United States to be given the title of “Saint.” Her remains are entombed in Emmitsburg in the Basilica of this National Shrine.

The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is thoroughly enriching and deeply rooted in history. People from all walks of life have found, and continue to find enjoyment and inspiration in visiting the Shrine, learning about this incredible woman’s life, and seeing the legacy that lives on due to her inspirational life. We, Federation members, live out her legacy every day.

Doors of Mercy

The Basilica of The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton was chosen by the Archdiocese of Baltimore as a site for a Door of Mercy, as part of Pope Francis’s Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. He has asked every bishop around the world to designate Doors of Mercy, to demonstrate that God’s mercy is available and accessible to all.

The Shrine’s Door of Mercy is the center set of doors inside the Basilica. It was officially opened as a Door of Mercy on Sunday, December 13, 2015, at the 1:30 Mass. The Year of Mercy encourages people to encounter the mercy and love of God, as well as to be merciful with others. Everyone is welcome to walk through the door.


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