Motto: "Live simply that others may simply live." - Elizabeth Ann Seton
About our Saint: Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton (1774 – 1821) is the first American-born female saint. She was raised in a Protestant family and, along with her sister-in-law, performed charitable works which garnered them the name of the “Protestant Sisters of Charity.” After her husband William Seton took ill, she accompanied him on a voyage in an effort to improve his health. They spent time in Italy, where William passed away; however, it was during her time in Italy that Elizabeth gained a great appreciation for the Catholic Church. Elizabeth was baptized into the Church on March 14, 1805, and received her First Communion on March 25. It was said that she relished Communion so much that she attended Mass twice on Sundays to receive it. She began her career in religious education in 1808 in Baltimore where she opened a school for underprivileged children. The next year, she established the Sisters of Charity of which she served as the mother superior for many years as Catholic education spread across the United States. In 1814, Mother Seton and the Sisters of Charity began operating the nation’s first Catholic orphanage in Philadelphia. She enjoyed her involvement in Catholic education until her death. Seton was beatified in 1963, and Pope John Paul II canonized her on September 14, 1975.