A Pastoral Letter by the Most Reverend John O. Barres: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

One week prior to the First Continental Congress, on August 28, 1774, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was born in New York. The timing of her birth would foreshadow the pivotal role she would play in both American history and the history of the Catholic Church in the United States.

As the first American-born saint, her story illustrates the spiritual realities of those nascent days of our nation and the blossoming branch of the Church in America. A wife and mother, a young widow and convert, a teacher and pioneer, the founder of a religious congregation and the embodiment of Christian service to those in need, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton offers a beautiful image of faith under trial and perseverance in carrying out God’s will.

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