Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton


Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is the secondary patron of the Diocese of Arlington. She is also the patron of Catholic schools. Her feast day is on January 4.


  • 1774 - Elizabeth Bayley was born into a prominent Anglican family in New York.
  • 1803 - The Seton family fortune collapsed and her husband William had developed tuberculosis. Elizabeth, William and their eldest daughter Anna Maria, traveled to the gentler climate of Italy. Despite their efforts, William died in Pisa, Italy, leaving Elizabeth a widow at the age of 29, with five young children, all under eight years of age. While Elizabeth and Anna waited to return to the U.S., the Filicchi family provided them hospitality and introduced Elizabeth to Catholicism.
  • 1805 - Elizabeth's devotion to Our Lady and her hunger for Christ in the Eucharist intensified. At the age of thirty, she received her First Holy Communion.
  • 1808 - Elizabeth, went to Baltimore Md. to help the Sulpician priests form a school for the religious education of children. Elizabeth took vows of chastity and obedience and was given the title “Mother Seton.”
  • 1821 - Elizabeth died in Emmitsburg.
  • 1975 - Pope Paul VI canonized Elizabeth and her remains are in the Basilica dedicated to her in Emmitsburg, MD.

Interesting Facts

  • She was the first person born in the United States to become a canonized saint.
  • Visit here to read more about St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and to pray her intercessory prayer.


Text for biographical information from the saints were taken from the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church.