The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

On Easter - Basilica Open 12-3PM

On Easter, most of the Shrine is closed. However, the Basilica will open at 12PM for Confession and Adoration at 12:15-1:15PM, followed by Mass at 1:30PM. After Mass, the Basilica closes at 3PM. We welcome everyone to join us.

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  • Catherine Comes Home – Living History Tour Jul21

    Catherine Comes Home – Living History Tour

    Discover the life and legacy of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton through the eyes of her daughter, Catherine, and other beloved friends.     After Elizabeth Ann Seton died in 1821, Catherine left home, heartbroken by her mother’s death. The Sisters in Emmitsburg carried on, serving others and continuing Mother Seton’s legacy that lives on today.…

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  • Civil War Sisters Tour Jul27

    Civil War Sisters Tour

    During the Civil War, as the Battle of Gettysburg raged just miles from the peaceful home of the Sisters, they could not ignore the call to help care for the wounded. After the Battle was over, the Sisters traveled 12 miles north to the battlegrounds to care for the wounded from the North and the…

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  • Civil War Sisters Stories – July 27 Jul27

    Civil War Sisters Stories – July 27

    Sisters in Emmitsburg and in congregations throughout the country were called to serve during the Civil War. Their charitable efforts brought healing and solace to the wounded on both the battlefields and in hospitals. Discover how the Sisters provided hope in the midst of suffering and despair during our Civil War Sisters Stories. Sisters from…

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  • GreenSpring International Academy of Music Concert Jul27

    GreenSpring International Academy of Music Concert

    We welcome everyone to join us for a concert by the GreenSpring International Academy of Music. The concert features the GreenSpring choir, orchestra and harp ensembles who will be performing on the Queen Mary 2’s transatlantic journey to England. The concert at the Shrine is an exclusive preview of the group’s Queen Mary 2 performances.…

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  • Catherine Comes Home – Living History Tour Jul28

    Catherine Comes Home – Living History Tour

    Discover the life and legacy of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton through the eyes of her daughter, Catherine, and other beloved friends.     After Elizabeth Ann Seton died in 1821, Catherine left home, heartbroken by her mother’s death. The Sisters in Emmitsburg carried on, serving others and continuing Mother Seton’s legacy that lives on today.…

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  • First Saturday Films Aug3

    First Saturday Films

    Featuring – Creed II. We welcome everyone to join us for our First Saturday Films, featuring a free showing of Creed II. Under the tutelage of Rocky Balboa, heavyweight contender Adonis Creed faces off against Viktor Drago, son of Ivan Drago. Rated PG-13. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III-adults, although also states that adolescents…

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  • Civil War Sisters Tour Aug10

    Civil War Sisters Tour

    During the Civil War, as the Battle of Gettysburg raged just miles from the peaceful home of the Sisters, they could not ignore the call to help care for the wounded. After the Battle was over, the Sisters traveled 12 miles north to the battlegrounds to care for the wounded from the North and the…

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  • Catherine Comes Home – Living History Tour Aug11

    Catherine Comes Home – Living History Tour

    Discover the life and legacy of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton through the eyes of her daughter, Catherine, and other beloved friends.     After Elizabeth Ann Seton died in 1821, Catherine left home, heartbroken by her mother’s death. The Sisters in Emmitsburg carried on, serving others and continuing Mother Seton’s legacy that lives on today.…

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  • Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Birthday Celebration Aug25

    Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Birthday Celebration

    We welcome everyone to join us as we celebrate Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton’s birthday on August 25 at 1:30pm Mass, as well as afterward on our grounds with fun activities for kids of all ages! Mass will include a Backpack Blessing for all students in attendance. For the Blessing, students may bring a backpack or…

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  • First Saturday Films Sep7

    First Saturday Films

    Featuring – Spiderman Into The Spiderverse. We welcome everyone to join us for our First Saturday Films, featuring a free showing of Spiderman Into The Spiderverse. Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities. Rated PG. The Catholic News…

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  • Film – Monsieur Vincent Sep27

    Film – Monsieur Vincent

    We welcome everyone to join us as we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Vincent de Paul with a free viewing of the film, Monsieur Vincent. Vincent de Paul was a 17th century priest who cofounded the Daughters of Charity with St. Louise de Marillac in 1633. He became a saint in 1737. This 1947…

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  • Annual Pilgrimage for the Sea Services Oct6

    Annual Pilgrimage for the Sea Services

    We welcome everyone to join us for our annual Pilgrimage for the Sea Services, where we honor and pray for the men and women who serve our country at sea. Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton was deemed the Patroness of Sea Services in the 1970s. Since that time, we hold this annual event to honor all…

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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