Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Shrine begins renovation of museum and visitor center – Catholic Telegraph


Among the artifacts the museum will contain are Seton’s beanie and ballet slippers from his childhood. The museum will also include videos and other exhibits to help visitors experience Seton’s life in a realistic way.

Visitors will learn about Seton’s journey from socialite in 18th-century New York to founder of the first community of religious women established in the United States: the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph. They will also learn about the legacy she has today.

Seton, who was canonized in 1975, was born in New York in 1774. She was raised as an Episcopalian and received into the Catholic Church in 1805, two years after the death of her husband, William. She and William had five children together, including Catherine, the first American to join the Sisters of Charity.

After converting to Catholicism, Seton eventually moved to Emmitsburg and founded a Catholic school for girls and a religious community to care for the poor.

The Sisters of Charity of New York, whose lineage traces back to Seton, were honored for donating priceless artifacts belonging to Seton and his family last year. These artifacts are part of the current “Seton Family Treasures Exhibit” and will also be displayed in the renovated museum.

“His struggles are just as relevant today as [they]that was 200 years ago,” said Sister Mary Catherine Norris, provincial of the Daughters of Charity of the Province of St. Louise and a member of the board of directors of the sanctuary. “Mother Seton’s legacy is that she was fearless in a time when women weren’t really known for it. She’s a great role model, whether you’re a mother, an educator, a daughter or a widow.


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