St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Sterling Silver Medal
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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was born into a wealthy and influential Episcopalian family, the daughter of a physician, and raised in the New York high society of the late 18th century. When Elizabeth was three years old, her mother died and a year later her baby sister. At age 19, she married the wealthy businessman William Magee Seton and she had 5 children.
After ten years of the marriage, her husband dies of tuberculosis, leaving Elizabeth an impoverished widow with five small children. For years Elizabeth had felt drawn to Catholicism, believing in the Real Presence in the Eucharist and in the lineage of the Church going back to Christ and the Apostles. She converted to Catholicism, entering the Church on 14 March 1805, alienating many of her strict Episcopalian family in the process.
Elizabeth, opened a school in Boston to support her family, and insure the proper education of her children. Though a private and secular institution, from the beginning she ran it along the lines of a religious community. At the invitation of the archbishop, she established a Catholic girl's school in Baltimore, Maryland which initiated the parochial school system in America. To run the system she founded the Sisters of Charity in 1809, the first native American religious community for women.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Born: August 28, 1774
Died: January 4, 1821
Canonized: September 14, 1975 by Pope Paul VI
Feast Day: January 4
Patron Saint of: death of children, in-law problems, loss of parents, widows