Date: January 4, 2022

Mass: 3:30pm EST, watch live on EWTN

Virtual Tours: All day

“Elizabeth Ann Seton is a saint. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is an American. All of us say this with special joy, and with the intention of honoring the land and the nation from which she sprang forth as the first flower in the calendar of the saints. Elizabeth Ann Seton was wholly American! Rejoice for your glorious daughter. Be proud of her. And know how to preserve her fruitful heritage.”

January 4th is the celebratory closing of the 200th anniversary year of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton’s death. This past year also marked the 46 years since her canonization, at which Pope Saint Paul VI declared her—a wife, mother, teacher, religious sister, and Catholic convert—America’s first native-born saint.

The honor was well deserved.

In the springtime of America, Elizabeth Ann Seton bore witness to the beauty of faith, the joy of the Gospel, and the power of the sacraments. Her hope in Christ changed the nation, helping grace work its way into every corner of the country through the sisters who followed her. She was, as Paul VI said, “America’s first flower,” showing people what God can do when we say yes to him. 

And now? We look ahead to further Mother Seton’s legacy.


Attend Mass in person or watch it live on
EWTN at 3:30pm EST.

Join the 200th Anniversary Capital Campaign

AS WE CELEBRATE THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY of Mother Seton’s entrance into eternal life, the Seton Shrine has a unique opportunity to reintroduce her to America. In these challenging times, people need her—and all that her Shrine represents—more than ever before. In this anniversary year, we are renewing our mission for the future—a bright future for the National Shrine of our beloved St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. To assure the promise of that future is fulfilled, the Sisters and the Shrine’s National Leaders Council are announcing a $7 million 200th Anniversary Capital Campaign.

 Book a free INTERACTIVE and PERSONAL virtual tour for January 4th or 5th

Great for teachers! These interactive tours will keep your students, small group, family, or simply yourself engaged the entire time. “Walk and talk” with a personal tour guide on these 45 minute tours. Reserve your spot ahead of time by clicking on your preferred date and time on the calendar. To talk with our Groups Coordinator, Kelly Smith, please call 301-447-6981 or email her at Tours are available for individuals or groups. 

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