The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

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  • Stations of the Cross Feb28

    Stations of the Cross

    Join us after Mass every Friday during Lent as we pray Stations of the Cross. Stations will be held in our Historic Cemetery or in the Basilica, so please dress accordingly.

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  • Stations of the Cross Mar6

    Stations of the Cross

    Join us after Mass every Friday during Lent as we pray Stations of the Cross. Stations will be held in our Historic Cemetery or in the Basilica, so please dress accordingly.

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  • Lenten Retreat #1 – In The Footsteps of Jesus Mar7

    Lenten Retreat #1 – In The Footsteps of Jesus

    When Jesus said, “Come, follow me” (Matthew 4:9), He wasn’t just talking to his apostles but to each and every one of us. Come learn how we might continue to follow in His footsteps during this holy season of Lent. Join us for this half day retreat with St. Joseph’s previous Associate Pastor, Fr. Charlie…

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  • Stations of the Cross Mar13

    Stations of the Cross

    Join us after Mass every Friday during Lent as we pray Stations of the Cross. Stations will be held in our Historic Cemetery or in the Basilica, so please dress accordingly.

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  • St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Concert Mar15

    St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Concert

    Join us after Mass for a Celtic concert to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. We welcome back John Knowles and his band for an afternoon of live traditional Irish music. Cost is $5; $3 for ages 7-18. The Morning Star is a trio of local musicians who exquisitely perform authentic traditional music from Ireland and Scotland.…

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  • Lenten Retreat #2 – A Retreat on the Eucharist & Prayer Mar20

    Lenten Retreat #2 – A Retreat on the Eucharist & Prayer

    How does the Eucharist embody the love that Christ expressed on the Cross? And why is Lent a powerful time to enhance your prayer life? Come find out at the second of our Lenten Retreat Series. Join Shrine chaplains Fr. Daniel Mentesana, IVE and Fr. Ted Trinko, IVE on Friday, March 20th from 9am-Noon. Doors…

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  • St. Joseph’s Valley Days Mar20

    St. Joseph’s Valley Days

    Experience spring in St. Joseph’s Valley at the Shrine’s newest living history program! Led by history interpreters in full period costume (the majority from our Junior History Interpreter program), you will learn how the Sisters and students welcomed in the spring season. Enjoy hands-on activities, such as learning colonial dances to live music, playing with…

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  • Stations of the Cross Mar20

    Stations of the Cross

    Join us after Mass every Friday during Lent as we pray Stations of the Cross. Stations will be held in our Historic Cemetery or in the Basilica, so please dress accordingly.

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  • St. Joseph’s Valley Days Mar21

    St. Joseph’s Valley Days

    Experience spring in St. Joseph’s Valley at the Shrine’s newest living history program! Led by history interpreters in full period costume (the majority from our Junior History Interpreter program), you will learn how the Sisters and students welcomed in the spring season. Enjoy hands-on activities, such as learning colonial dances to live music, playing with…

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  • Lenten Retreat #3 – New Life In Christ Mar27

    Lenten Retreat #3 – New Life In Christ

    Venerable Fulton Sheen once wrote, “Unless there is a Good Friday in life, there can be no Easter Sunday.” Join us for this half day retreat with Dr. Ximena DeBroeck, Director of Catechetical and Pastoral Formation in the Archdiocese of Baltimore and Adjunct Professor of Sacred Scripture at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, on Friday, March…

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  • Stations of the Cross Mar27

    Stations of the Cross

    Join us after Mass every Friday during Lent as we pray Stations of the Cross. Stations will be held in our Historic Cemetery or in the Basilica, so please dress accordingly.

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  • Stations of the Cross Apr3

    Stations of the Cross

    Join us after Mass every Friday during Lent as we pray Stations of the Cross. Stations will be held in our Historic Cemetery or in the Basilica, so please dress accordingly.

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  • Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper Apr9

    Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper

    All are welcome to join us for Mass on Holy Thursday at 7:30pm in the Basilica. Holy Thursday begins the sacred celebration of the Easter Triduum. Over these next few days, we acknowledge Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice to save us from sin, as well as celebrate his resurrection. There is no 1:30 Mass this day.

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  • Good Friday Liturgy of The Lord’s Passion Apr10

    Good Friday Liturgy of The Lord’s Passion

    Join us as Holy Week continues on Good Friday. We will celebrate the Liturgy of The Lord’s Passion in the Basilica at 3pm. An ASL interpreter will be present. Good Friday begins the Easter Triduum, where we enter into Jesus’ last days here on Earth, including his death on the cross. There is no 1:30pm…

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  • Easter Vigil Apr11

    Easter Vigil

    Join us as we celebrate the Lord’s resurrection at the Easter Vigil, beginning at 8pm. An ASL interpreter will be present.

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  • Easter Sunday Mass Apr12

    Easter Sunday Mass

    We welcome everyone to join us as we celebrate the joy of Jesus’ resurrection at Easter Sunday Mass. It takes place at 1:30pm. As we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, the Easter Triduum draws to a close and the week-long observance of Holy Week ends. On Easter Sunday, the Basilica opens at 12pm and closes after Mass…

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  • Divine Mercy Sunday Holy Hour Apr19

    Divine Mercy Sunday Holy Hour

    Join us as we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday with a Holy Hour beginning after 1:30pm Mass, around 2:45pm. Adoration will take place until 4pm. During the Holy Hour, there will be: Chaplet of Divine Mercy Readings from the diary of St. Faustina Silent prayer Benediction Confession is available prior to Mass from 12:15-1:15pm, as well…

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  • National Christian Choir Concert Apr25

    National Christian Choir Concert

    We welcome everyone to join us for a free concert featuring the National Christian Choir. The Choir is an auditioned choir of 160 members whose mission is “to glorify God through a unique ministry of music which draws people into a new and deeper relationship with Him”. Singers come from over 100 different churches within…

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  • Retreat – A Journey to the Catholic Faith with the Coming Home Network Jun13

    Retreat – A Journey to the Catholic Faith with the Coming Home Network

    A time of fellowship and prayer for Catholic converts and those on the journey to the Catholic Church. Offered by the Seton Shrine in partnership with the Coming Home Network. Learn more about the Coming Home Network here. Elizabeth Ann Seton was raised Episcopalian, and converted to the Catholic faith when she was 30 years…

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  • Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Birthday Celebration Aug30

    Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Birthday Celebration

    Join us as we celebrate Mother Seton’s birthday on the last Sunday of August at 1:30pm Mass and afterward on our grounds.

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Home of the First American-Born Saint

Discover the inspirational life and legacy 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. Visit this historic site and Shrine and see the museum, her historic homes, and the Basilica dedicated to her.

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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. Visit this historic site and Shrine and see the museum, her historic homes, and the Basilica dedicated to her.

Explore the Shrine