The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

Visitor Center Entrance Closed for Repairs - August 23

Please use the Basilica entrance, as our Visitor Center entrance is closed for repairs. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for understanding.

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  • Civil War Sisters Tour Aug24

    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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  • 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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  • Civil War Sisters Tour Aug31

    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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  • 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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  • Feast Day – Exaltation of the Holy Cross Sep14

    Feast Day – Exaltation of the Holy Cross

    Join us for Mass at 9am as we celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. We acknowledge Jesus’ death on the cross and his subsequent resurrection, which gives us the promise of eternal life. In the Church’s history, there are two noteworthy events related to this day: the discovery of the True…

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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. Cosponsored by the Archdiocese of Military Services, we hold this annual…

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  • Back from the Dead Cemetery Walk Oct18

    Back from the Dead Cemetery Walk

    Back from the Dead Cemetery Walks take place October 18-20, 25-27, and October 30 in the historic cemetery at the Seton Shrine, located at 339 South Seton Avenue in Emmitsburg, MD. Learn more about the walk in the video below.     On the Cemetery Walk, as a guide leads you through the dark by…

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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

    A guide will lead you on the Historic Homes Tour, with the homes lit by candlelight, and our grounds illuminated with 1,000 luminaries. On the tour, you’ll discover the life and legacy of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton and see the two historic homes and grounds where Elizabeth Ann lived and worked. This is the only…

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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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  • 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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  • 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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