The National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is the perfect destination for a day trip or mini-pilgrimage where you can grow in knowledge and faith. The Shrine is located in Emmitsburg, MD, less than two hours from our Nation's Capital. An accessible trip for individuals, groups, and families with kids of all ages, you’ll learn about Mother Seton’s life and legacy, walking through where she lived, worked, and served others.
The Seton Shrine has so much to offer! We welcome couples and families to learn more about history and their Catholic faith in a hands-on way. We invite groups to tour the grounds and buildings and to participate in the sacraments and the Basilica. Individuals come regularly to the Shrine for a personal pilgrimage where they can pray and be inspired.
Mother Seton is truly a saint for our times, experiencing multiple hardships during her life, yet allowing God's glory to shine through her to all she encountered. When you visit the Shrine, you can pray before her actual tomb and seek her intercession for whatever hardships you're experiencing. Also visit the home where Mother Seton lived and worked, walking where she walked, praying in the same places she prayed.
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Born in New York City in the 18th Century, Elizabeth Ann Seton is the first American-born saint, and truly a woman for our times.
Mother Seton founded the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph’s, the first community for religious women in the United States, and began St. Joseph’s Academy and Free School. Multiple religious congregations and schools look to her as their source of inspiration. Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton was the first U.S.-born person to be canonized.