The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

Gift Shop and Museum Closed thru February 15

The Shrine's gift shop and museum will be closed for inventory and maintenance today through February 15. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding.

The Basilica is open 10am-5pm for tours, Adoration, Confession and Mass.

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  • Ash Wednesday Mar6

    Ash Wednesday

    Join us as we begin the season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass. Ashes will be distributed at 1:30pm Mass. The ashes remind us that from dust we came and to dust we will return. Prior to Mass, Confession and Adoration are available, beginning at 12:15pm.

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  • Stations of the Cross – Fridays During Lent Mar8

    Stations of the Cross – Fridays During Lent

    Join us for the Stations of the Cross every Friday during Lent, beginning on March 8. It begins after our 1:30pm Mass. The Stations are a prayerful way to acknowledge the last hours of Jesus Christ’s life. As you observe Lent this year, add to your Lenten journey by participating in the Stations of the…

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  • Retreat – Foundations of the Spiritual Life Mar15

    Retreat – Foundations of the Spiritual Life

    Join us for our first Lenten retreat, led by Brother Thomas Mary of Jesus, Er. Carm., of the Hermits of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Fairfield PA. Learn more about the Hermits’ mission here. The retreat takes place from 9am – 3:30pm. It has three meditations based on the teachings of Carmelite mystics, as…

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  • Retreat – Friends of the Cross Mar29

    Retreat – Friends of the Cross

    We welcome everyone to join us for our second Lenten retreat, led by the Shrine Chaplains, Father Daniel Mentasana, IVE, and Father Ted Trinko, IVE. Learn more about their vocation here. The retreat takes place from 9am – 3:30pm. It will have meditations based on the teachings of St. Louis de Monfort, as well as…

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  • Palm Sunday Mass Apr14

    Palm Sunday Mass

    Everyone is welcome to celebrate Palm Sunday Mass with us at 1:30pm in the Basilica. Palms are distributed prior to Mass, and during Mass we commemorate Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem, just days before his crucifixion. Please join us as Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday.

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  • Chat with An Author – Catherine O’Donnell Apr14

    Chat with An Author – Catherine O’Donnell

    We welcome everyone to Chat with an Author, featuring Catherine O’Donnell, who has written the book, “Elizabeth Seton: American Saint.” The book is the newest biography of Elizabeth Ann Seton since the previous one written in 1951. Catherine will talk about her book with Sister Betty Ann McNeil, D.C., who has also extensively researched Elizabeth…

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  • Holy Thursday Mass Apr18

    Holy Thursday Mass

    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 Stations of the Cross Apr19

    Good Friday Stations of the Cross

    Everyone is welcome to join us for Stations of the Cross, where we commemorate the last hours of Jesus’ life before his death on the cross. Weather permitting, the Stations of the Cross will take place outside in our historic cemetery. The entire route is handicap-accessible. In case of inclement weather, the Stations will take…

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  • The Passion of Our Lord Apr19

    The Passion of Our Lord

    Holy Week continues on Good Friday. Join us at 3pm in the Basilica for The Lord’s Passion, where we enter into the story of Jesus’ last days here on Earth, including his death on the cross. There is no 1:30pm Mass this day.

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  • Easter Vigil Apr20

    Easter Vigil

    All are welcome to join us for the Easter Vigil Mass. The Mass has sections that are unique to this Vigil — keeping watch, celebrating the resurrection of Christ in the sacraments, and awaiting his return in glory. The time for this Mass is extended beyond our usual Mass time to accommodate the additional parts.

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  • Easter Sunday Mass Apr21

    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.

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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