The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

The Shrine is Closed Today. Mass and Confession are Cancelled.

Due to weather conditions, the Shrine is closed today. There will be no Mass or Confession. Keep safe in this wintry weather.

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  • Emmitsburg Community Chorus Concert Nov25

    Emmitsburg Community Chorus Concert

    The Emmitsburg Community Chorus returns to the Shrine for their annual holiday concert. We welcome everyone to join us for this festive performance.

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  • Candlelight Tours Dec1

    Candlelight Tours

    Your guide will take you on our historic homes tour, with the homes lit by candlelight, and our grounds illuminated with 1,000 luminaries. The tour is free, and takes place December 1-6, at 4:30pm, 5:30pm and 6:30pm. To reserve a tour time, please email office@setonshrine.org. The tours occur snow, rain or shine; please dress for…

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  • Door to Bethlehem Dec7

    Door to Bethlehem

    On the first Christmas Eve, Joseph and Mary wandered through the streets of Bethlehem, looking for shelter. All doors, however, were shut to them. No one would welcome the carpenter from Nazareth and his wife, pregnant with the Christ-child, into their home. In our busy lives today, we too may shut the door to our…

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  • Museums by Candlelight Dec8

    Museums by Candlelight

    We welcome everyone to join us for Museums by Candlelight, where we’ll have guided tours of our grounds and candlelit historic homes and Basilica, decorated for the Christmas season. The grounds will be illuminated with 1,000 luminaries. Tour times are 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm & 3:30pm, and the tour lasts up to 45 minutes. Plus,…

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  • Christmas Eve Mass Dec24

    Christmas Eve Mass

    Join us as we joyfully anticipate the birth of Jesus Christ! The Basilica reopens on December 24 at 6:30pm for Mass to celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord at 7:30pm. If you can, come early at 7pm for carols.

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  • Christmas Day Mass Dec25

    Christmas Day Mass

    We welcome everyone to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with us! The Basilica will open at 12pm for Confession and Adoration at 12:15pm, and Mass at 1:30pm. After Mass, the Basilica will close at 3pm. Our regular hours resume on Wednesday, December 26.

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  • Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Feast Day Jan4

    Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Feast Day

    We welcome everyone to join us for Mass to celebrate Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton’s Feast Day. During the Mass, we will recognize all in attendance who are named after Saint Elizabeth Ann. Confession and Adoration are available before Mass, beginning at 12:15pm.

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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