St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Feast Day: January 4
Patron of: Catholic Schools, Maryland

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is the first person born in the United States to be declared a saint. Born in 1774 in New York City, she became the mother of five children before converting to Catholicism after the death of her husband. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton went on to found a number of schools, facing the anti-Catholic bigotry that was a major problem in post-colonial America. She then founded a religious community in Maryland, dedicated to the education of poor children.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is a unique example of how multiple vocations – wife, mother, educator, religious sister, and more – can be lived according to God’s will. She’s exemplary for her strength amidst persecution and snide hostility.