The Sisters of Charity of New York are donating rare artifacts relating to the life of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton to the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, Md. The artifacts will be sent from their Bronx home in Mount St. Vincent to Maryland on Monday, March 8.
A New York City native, Elizabeth Seton is the first American-born saint; she was canonized in September 1975. She founded the Sisters of Charity in 1809 in Emmitsburg, Md., the first American congregation of women religious in the United States.
This decision to donate the artifacts from the congregation’s Archive and Museum to the Seton Shrine in Maryland was made with consideration for the significant regard that the New York community holds for these items. Sister Donna Dodge, S.C., president of the Sisters of Charity of New York, and the members of the Leadership Team concluded that the artifacts required a level of care, conservation and climate control that would be best served at the shrine in Maryland. The artifacts will attract many more visitors curious to learn more about the American saint in their new home.