Tom Hoopes, Author at Seton Shrine

Tom Hoopes

Sister Blandina, Mother Seton, and the Power of the Western Hero

Servant of God Blandina Segale’s ministry in the American West as a Sister of Charity, and Mother Seton’s experiences founding her community in Emmitsburg, share much in common with classic western movies. In both their stories, Jesus is the true hero.

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To Follow the Pope, as St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Did

To Follow the Pope, as St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Did

St. Peter is honored because despite his weaknesses he loved and followed Jesus and became the first pope. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton also chose a difficult path when she answered God’s call and entered the Catholic Church. Like St. Peter, Mother Seton’s humility became her greatest glory.

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Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Explains How to Pray, Fast, and Give

For St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the three Lenten marks of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving were a way of life. Her words can inspire us to view these three practices of Lent as one integrated act.

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Evangelizers of New Lands: Saints Cyril and Methodius, and Elizabeth Ann Seton

Though more than a millennium separates us from the evangelical mission of Saints Cyril and Methodius, and two centuries from Mother Seton, their approach to evangelization is a model for the Church today.

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What Aquinas the Student Taught Elizabeth Ann Seton the Teacher

Even though St. Elizabeth Ann Seton spent much of her adult life educating and instructing others in the Catholic faith, she never stopped being a student herself. Her own education in the faith can be traced back to the iconic saint and student, St. Thomas Aquinas.

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Conversion of St. Paul - Seton Shrine

Mother Seton and St. Paul Show Us a 4-Fold Path to Change

The conversions of Paul and Elizabeth Ann Seton may seem exceptional, but each of us, in our own life, can experience the same grace by opening our heart when Christ calls.

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Bold Witnesses to Truth: Saint Sebastian and Mother Seton

Bold Witnesses to Truth: Saint Sebastian and Mother Seton

Their circumstances couldn’t be more different, but St. Sebastian and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton show us—each in their own way—how to speak truth to power as disciples of Christ.

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From Anthony in the Desert to Elizabeth on Wall Street: Saints Lead the Church

The lives of St. Anthony of Egypt and Mother Seton show us that even when saints work in obscurity, God will shine their light across space and time, to inspire the faithful on their journey to holiness.

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Mother Seton, Saint of the Incarnation

Something powerful always happens when divinity meets humanity. This is best exemplified in the Incarnation, when God took on human flesh, and we see this reflected when ordinary people rise to become saints. Mother Seton’s life speaks to this mystery, and by her example she leads us closer to the Incarnate Word.

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