Beneath a likeness of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American-born saint, rested a black bonnet, crucifix and rosary.
The centuries-old artifacts, which belonged to Seton, were among many unveiled and blessed during an event at the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg Thursday. They, and several other items from Seton’s life, were donated to the shrine by the Sisters of Charity of New York and will be featured in a special exhibit this summer.
“Our mission, of course, is to promote the life and the legacy of Elizabeth Ann Seton as a source of inspiration and as a source of hope,” said Rob Judge, executive director of the shrine. “These artifacts are a tremendous contribution to our ability to tell her story and cover the themes that were important to her in her life and make her relevant today as an example, as an intercessor and a friend from heaven.”