I. Fostering Worship and Devotion

Deepening and expanding the sacramental and devotional services we offer at the Seton Shrine will allow us to more fruitfully respond to the great and growing spiritual hunger we see in our visitors and the culture at large

In 1805, shortly before her entrance into the Catholic Church, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton wrote about her eagerness to receive the sacraments, noting that she would be willing to shout her confession “on the housetops” in return for absolution. Later, after her First Communion, she added, “At last…at last, GOD IS MINE AND I AM HIS! Now, let all go its round—I Have Received Him.”

For the next 16 years, until her death, the sacraments were the cornerstone of Mother Seton’s life. In the years since, they’ve been the cornerstone of community life for the Sisters of Charity and Daughters of Charity. And today, they remain the cornerstone of life at the Seton Shrine.

Continuing to provide the sacraments to the pilgrims who visit us — and potentially adding to our schedule in the future — remains one of the Seton Shrine’s highest priorities. We want them to grow in their faith (or find faith for the first time) through an encounter with Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. To make that encounter possible, we draw upon the rich traditions of devotion and worship given to us by our Catholic Faith.

Currently, the Basilica offers Holy Mass and one hour of scheduled confessions, six days a week, 52 weeks a year. Over the course of a year, 25,000 pilgrims attend those Masses, while over the course of a month, our priests hear close to 50 hours of confessions — more during Lent and Advent.

Throughout the year, we plan special holy hours for feast days, such as Corpus Christi and Divine Mercy Sunday. Likewise, we work closely with liturgists, chaplains, and musicians to make our liturgical celebrations for Easter Triduum, Pentecost, All Souls Day, Christmas, and more, as beautiful and reverent as possible.

“Who can bind the Soul which God sets free?”
– Mother Seton

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For more information about sponsorships, please contact Chris Harmon, Director of Major and Planned Gifts, at 301-447-6021 or by email at Chris.Harmon@setonshrine.org.

 

The 7 Core Ministries of the Seton Shrine

Fostering Worship and Devotion
Making A Joyful Noise Unto the Lord
Renewing the Spirit of God’s People
Educating and Inspiring Future Generations
Discovering and Experiencing Our Historic Site
Bringing Faith and History to Life
Communicating Mother Seton’s Legacy to the World