Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Shrine
7 State Street New York, New York, NY, USA
www.setonshrine.com - 212)269-6865
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Shrine New York Reviews
America's first saint: Elizabeth Seton Feb 21, 2009
When we were in New York (October 2008) David and I took a tour: one of the stops was near the Seton Shrine. Because the tour was conducted by an idiot, william, who was pointing out things like: Macys, Pennys and Gucci: We were not aware we were near the shrine when we stopped.
We actually stopped in the area to eat at a local delicatessen. Dave and I were annoyed with the guide and decided we weren't going to eat where he might get a kickback. (william didn't even know what times square was named after) We wandered off on our own towards the docks. As we were heading back we were surprised to see the shrine. We went in to see what it was all about.
The unpretentious building was brick and was next to a brick church. Both celebrated the life of the first American Saint.
To briefly tell about her contributions and life: Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton was born August 28, 1774. She married when she was 20 and was widowed at 28. She had five children. She founded the Sisters of Charity of Saint Joseph's in 1809. It was the first community for religious women established in the United States. She also began Saint Joseph's Academy and Free School: Her philosophy of education was to teach the whole child: mind, body and heart. She died in 1821. Today her society includes six religious communities with more than 5,000 members, hundreds of schools, social service centers, and hospitals throughout America and around the world.
Her life work and devotion resulted in her Canonization on Sunday, September 14, 1975, in Saint Peter's Square, by Pope Paul VI. Saint Elizabeth Seton was the first citizen born in the United States to be Canonized. She is buried at the Basilica next to her shrine in New York
"Elizabeth Ann Seton is a saint. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is an American. All of us say this with special joy, and with the intention of honoring the land and the nation from which she sprang forth as the first flower in the calendar of the saints. Elizabeth Ann Seton was wholly American! Rejoice for your glorious daughter. Be proud of her. And know how to preserve her fruitful heritage."
~ Pope Paul VI
We had never heard of this great woman. The shrine consisted of humble rooms with one hallway of photographs and newspaper clippings. One wall had plaques of persons who had donated to the shrine. As we exited we left a small offering and took one of the brochures. When we rejoined the tour several people were upset that they had missed going to the shrine. We felt very lucky to find it.
We believe it is not well known and hope posting this review will make people aware that the first American Saint was a woman.
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