Elizabeth Ann Seton

by: anna and colin

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Elizabeth Ann Seton

Elizabeth Ann Seton founded the first American religious community, opened the first parish American school, and established the first American Catholic orphanage. Elizabeth Ann Seton had a deep devotion to the Eucharist, Sacred Scripture, and the Virgin Mary.


Her mom, her husband, and her herself died of tuberculosis. It made her childhood very very tough. She was the first native-born citizen of the United States to be canonized as the Roman Catholic Church. The first Catholic school in which she founded was in Maryland. For the last three years of her life, she knew god was calling her. Three years later, she died.


Elizabeth Ann Seton was born on August 28th, 1774 in New York City, New York, and died on January 4th, 1821. She lived a depressing life; she lost her mother at age three and became very close to her father. She was quiet and lonely until she married. She met a man name William Seton and he fell instantly in love with her. She married William and they had 6 kids, two of which died.


When Elizabeth’s family went bankrupt she stood watch outside the seizure office and when she would see the little children they would touch her heart in a very special way. Elizabeth begged William for another child but he refused but that summer they had one more. William Seton was also stricken with the Yellow Fever epidemic and later died. Later Elizabeth died of tuberculosis which had stricken most of her family. She died a slow and painful death but was praying the whole time.

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