The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

Elizabeth Ann Seton

The First American-Born Saint

Elizabeth Ann Seton was a wife and mother, and then found herself a widow at just 29 years old in 1803. Despite the hardships that she faced, she went on to do amazing work, and eventually became the first American-born saint in 1975. Discover her inspirational story when you visit the Shrine and see the museum, her historic homes, and the awe-inspiring Basilica.

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Elizabeth Ann Seton

The First American-Born Saint

Elizabeth Ann Seton was a wife and mother, and then found herself a widow at just 29 years old in 1803. Despite the hardships that she faced, she went on to do amazing work, and eventually became the first American-born saint in 1975. Discover her inspirational story when you visit the Shrine and see the museum, her historic homes, and the awe-inspiring Basilica.

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Basilica Closed for Annual Cleaning February 13-17.

The Basilica will be closed for its annual cleaning February 13-17. No Mass or Confession will be held these days. The Museum, Visitor Center and Gift Shop will be open, and guided tours will be available.

Enjoy free guided tours and more with your family or friends. If you like or love the word "free", our site is a place you'll want to visit!
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207 years ago around this time, Elizabeth Ann Seton founded the first free Catholic school for girls in the U.S.
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The Life and Legacy of a Saint

The remarkable life of Elizabeth Ann Seton spans the full spectrum of human experience