The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

Shrine Closing at 3PM Today, March 3.

Due to impending wintry weather, the Shrine will close early at 3pm today, March 3. Mass will be at the usual time of 1:30pm.

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  • Stations of the Cross – Fridays During Lent Mar22

    Stations of the Cross – Fridays During Lent

    Join us for the Stations of the Cross every Friday during Lent. 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 Cross. Other dates include…

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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 Montfort, as well as…

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  • Flute Concert Apr7

    Flute Concert

    We welcome everyone to join us for a free flute concert in the Basilica, with performances by the Frederick Flute Choir and Mount Saint Mary’s University Flute Ensemble. The Frederick Flute Choir is in its 30th concert season and is the first flute choir of its kind established in the Mid-Atlantic region. It has given…

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  • Retreat – Foundations of the Spiritual Life Apr13

    Retreat – Foundations of the Spiritual Life

    This is the second Foundations of the Spiritual Life retreat, scheduled just recently because the first one on March 15 sold out. It will be 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…

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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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  • Movie – The Passion of The Christ Apr19

    Movie – The Passion of The Christ

    On Good Friday, we will be showing the movie The Passion of The Christ. Directed by Mel Gibson, the film was released in 2004. Join us for this dramatic film that covers the last days of Jesus’s life on Earth. The movie is free, and will take place in the Shrine’s Visitor Center theater. This…

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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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  • Liturgy – Our Lord’s Passion Apr19

    Liturgy – Our Lord’s Passion

    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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  • Seton Legacy Garden Blessing May18

    Seton Legacy Garden Blessing

    The Garden Blessing is an annual event recognizing supporters and friends of the Shrine who’ve purchased a memorial in our Seton Legacy Garden. Scripture reflection and a blessing will be offered for loved ones and organizations who have been honored and memorialized in our garden. We welcome everyone to join us for the blessing. If…

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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