The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

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  • Emmitsburg Community Chorus Concert Dec1

    Emmitsburg Community Chorus Concert

    Welcome back to the Emmitsburg Community Chorus as they return to the Shrine for their annual holiday concert. We welcome everyone to join us for this festive performance.

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  • Candlelight Tours Dec2

    Candlelight Tours

    Step back in time to the Christmas season in the 1800s and discover Elizabeth Ann Seton’s inspirational story from those who knew her best. A guide will lead you by lantern to the historic homes decorated for the Christmas season. You’ll encounter beloved friends of Elizabeth Ann Seton who will share stories of her life,…

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  • St. John the Baptist: Tough Love For A Needy World Advent Retreat Dec6

    St. John the Baptist: Tough Love For A Needy World Advent Retreat

    St. John the Baptist: Tough Love For A Needy World: Led by Fr. Jack Lombardi, this full day retreat will help you prepare the way of the Lord by following in St. John the Baptist’s footsteps.  The day includes lunch, Mass and an opportunity for confession. Cost: $40

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  • Door to Bethlehem Dec6

    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 them into their home. In our busy lives today, we too may shut the door to our hearts on Jesus and His family. Open your heart and…

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  • December Film Series Dec7

    December Film Series

    Featuring – The Star. We welcome everyone to join us for the Shrine’s Film Series in December, which features a free showing of The Star on December 7. A small but brave donkey and his friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas. Rated PG.…

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  • Morning With Mary Advent Retreat Dec14

    Morning With Mary Advent Retreat

    Join us Saturday morning, December 14 for this Marian retreat with reflections led by renowned mariologist and author Dr. Mark Miravalle and his son, Dr. John-Mark Miravalle, who is himself an author, speaker, and professor at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary. Take a moment to pause from the busyness of the season to reflect on expectation and…

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  • Museums by Candlelight Dec14

    Museums by Candlelight

    We welcome everyone to join us for Museums by Candlelight and see the candlelit historic homes and Basilica decorated for the Christmas season. The grounds will be illuminated with 1,000 luminaries. Enjoy living history activities related to the Christmas holiday within the historic homes. Museums by Candlelight is held in partnership with Visit Frederick and…

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  • December Film Series Dec14

    December Film Series

    Featuring – It’s A Wonderful Life. We welcome everyone to join us for the Shrine’s December Film Series, which features a free showing of It’s A Wonderful Life on December 14. An angel is sent from Heaven to help a suicidal man by showing him what life would have been like if he had never…

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  • Seasons: A Celtic Christmas Concert Dec15

    Seasons: A Celtic Christmas Concert

    We welcome everyone to join us for a holiday concert called Seasons: A Celtic Christmas, featuring the regional Celtic band, Seasons. This award-winning Celtic family band is made up of five siblings who play a variety of traditional instruments including the harp, hammered dulcimer, fiddle, pennywhistle, Irish drum, and more. They will be performing a…

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  • A Season for Hope Advent Retreat Dec20

    A Season for Hope Advent Retreat

    Join Shrine Chaplains Fr. Daniel Mentesana and Fr. Ted Trinko for a day of reflection on the virtue of hope during this Christmas season.  The day includes lunch, Mass and an opportunity for confession. Cost: $40  

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  • December Film Series Dec21

    December Film Series

    Featuring – Classic Christmas Specials We welcome everyone to join us for the Shrine’s December Film Series. On December 21, we’re featuring animated Christmas Classics, including A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966), and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964). The free showing of these classic Christmas specials takes place in the…

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  • December Film Series Dec28

    December Film Series

    Featuring – The Muppet Christmas Carol. We welcome everyone to join us for the Shrine Film Series in December, which features a free showing of The Muppet Christmas Carol on December 28. Characters from the Muppet universe re-tell Charles Dicken’s immortal classic “A Christmas Carol,” the story of an old and bitter miser’s redemption on…

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  • Feast Day of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Jan4

    Feast Day of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

    We welcome everyone to celebrate Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton’s Feast Day with us! Learn about her life, and see where she lived and worked on our Historic Homes Tour, which takes place at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm.The tours are available for free on this day. Mass for Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton’s Feast Day…

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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.

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