Resources

Resources

We hope you find these resources to be helpful to your research project, school group, or for your personal enrichment.

Lessons in history, art, and architecture are abundant at the Shrine—from Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton’s upbringing in 18th century New York City, to the Union troops who encamped on the Shrine’s grounds before the Battle of Gettysburg, to the beautifully-crafted stained glass, mosaics, and marble in the Basilica. The Shrine’s tours and programming are designed to fit into school curriculum programs. We also offer a Youth Award patch program for all children to complete and receive. We welcome school-age children in all grades, scouts, troops, homeschool groups and families.

For more information on bringing a group, visit our Bring A Group page, fill out our form to schedule your group visit, or contact Bridgett Bassler at Bridgett.Bassler@setonshrine.org.

Online Video

Betty Bayley Becomes A Saint – animated video geared for students that describes the canonization process and how Elizabeth Ann Seton became a saint.

Student Activity Guide

Let us help you prepare for your visit. We offer a Student Learning Packet with pre- and post-visit activities for students. Geared toward students in third through eighth grades, the packet features the following printable activities:

  • Excerpts from Elizabeth’s writings on school and daily life
  • Vocabulary words
  • Crossword puzzle and word searches
  • Suggestions for related class activities
  • Sample quizzes (with answer keys)
  • A Basilica “photo hunt”

Download Student Learning Packet

We hope that ideas from this packet will enhance your visit to The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, while giving students a chance to gain knowledge about Saint Elizabeth Ann and the era in which she lived. If you have questions, please email us at office@setonshrine.org.

Other Learning Sources

Online biography of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
In-depth, detailed biography of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

Earn A Patch

This educational, activity-based award is for all youth from the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton.
Download Patch requirements

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton’s Legacy

Facts & Firsts – a historical timeline of the Sisters of Charity and Daughters of Charity through the present.
Milestones in Mission – a presentation that outlines the milestones of the Sisters and Daughters of Charity from 1810 through the present.

Educator Resources

Then and Now ( Discussion Activities Comparing Life in 19th Century America with Today )
Letter-Writing in Nineteenth Century America
Map Reading and Travel
Money and Cost of Living
School Day
Daily Life
Saints and Shrines

Activities
American Flag
Timeline of Mother Seton’s Life

Word Games
Seton Word Search I
Seton Word Search II
Seton Word Search III
Seton Word Search IV
Seton Crossword
Code Breaker – Elementary
Code Breaker – Middle
Quote Spiral

Before, During, and After a Visit
Project Ideas – Pre-Visit
Activity at Shrine – Museum Trivia Hunt
Activity at Shrine – Museum Photo Hunt
Activity at Shrine – Basilica Photo Hunt
Quiz – Mother Seton and the Seton Shrine
Project Ideas – Post-Visit
Project Ideas – Post-Visit II

Coloring Pages
Sistine Madonna
Color-by-Number
Mother Seton Biography in Coloring Pages

Songs and Prayers
Jump Rope Jingle
Songs about Mother Seton to Common Tunes

Online Activities and Videos
Web Crossword

Skits
Interview with Elizabeth Ann Seton I
Wife, Mother, Teacher, Saint
Interview with the Seton Family

Recommended Reading
(Young Reader) Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton: Daughter of America – Grunwell
(Children) Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton – Lovasik
(Teen) Elizabeth Seton, Saint for a New Nation