Monday, January 4, 2016

January 4: Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
St. Paul Catholic Church
Westerville, Ohio
Photo by Nheyob

History

Elizabeth grew up in a popular, rich family and had every advantage, but she preferred to read more than anything. She married a rich young man, and they had several wonderful years together until the hard times came. First, her husband’s father died, leaving them in charge of seven little brothers and sisters and a business, which eventually failed. Then her husband became sick and died. Elizabeth found help in the Catholic Church even though she wasn't Catholic yet. Through the Holy Eucharist and the knowledge that the Blessed Mother was her mother, too, Elizabeth grew in faith and confidence. She became Catholic and started the first free Catholic school in the U.S. as well as a religious order. Elizabeth became the first U.S. saint ever canonized by the Church. 

Activity

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton knew Catholic education was very important, which is why she started a free school. If your parish has a school, make a donation (any amount) to the scholarship fund so that somebody can attend for free or a reduced cost. 

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray for us!


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