Elizabeth Ann Seton is a history. Elizabeth Ann Seton is a pride. She was the first saint who was completely American. Mother Seton’s home city was New York where she was born back in 1774. She was just three years old when her mother passed away and the small girl was growing up without one parent. Elizabeth was nineteen years old when she agreed to become a wife of William Magee Seton, but unfortunately, their marriage life didn’t last too long. They gave birth to their three children, but nine years after their marriage her husband passed away because of the horrible disease – tuberculosis. After the death of William, the young widow experienced very hard years. But nevertheless, Elizabeth Ann Seton, except for raising up her three half-orphans, founded the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph’s, it was the first sisterhood for the Catholic women that took place in the United States. In addition, she spread the Catholicism by running St. Joseph’s Academy and Free School as well. In 1975 this outstanding woman was canonized by Pope Paul VI. Nowadays, her remains lie in the Basilica at the National Shrine that bears her name.

Free guided tours to discover the life path of the Saint

There is the unique opportunity to discover the marvelous history of Elizabeth Ann Seton’s life. People from all over the world who are interested in history, architecture, religion, visit the Seton’s Shrine. The first thing that the majority of the visitors do is they start their journey from the Visitor Center that can be found right below the Basilica. The visitors can book a tour with a guide and visit the Basilica, some historic homes, and the cemetery. These guided tours are completely free and available every day at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. The average tour lasts approximately one hour. Except for the tour, the guests can enjoy the 12-minute film about the life story of Elizabeth Ann Seton and the time spent in the museum which are free of charge as well.

Elizabeth Ann Seton

No donations is too small

There are a lot of people who support the Natiоnal Shrine of Sаint Elizabeth Ann Seton every day. This lets the managers provide the tourists with the free guided tours and reconstruct the Shrine as necessary. If you want to help the Shrine with the fund development, donations are very welcome. The only thing you need to have is a credit card; you can donate online right on the Shrine’s official website. There is also an option to make a donation in honor of someone by requesting a particular prayer when you transfer the money. Do not hesitate and help to keep sacred the memory of the woman who has greatly contributed to society.