Elizabeth Ann Seton was an American Catholic nun and educator who is considered the founder of the parochial school system in that country. After her death, she became the first person born in the United States to be canonized by the Catholic Church. She also founded the nation’s first Catholic school for girls in Emmetsburg, Maryland, where she founded America’s first order of sisters, the Sisters of Charity. Take a look at our bronze statue Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. What a beautiful bronze sculpture. She was teaching the children to read and seemed very affectionate. Both children listened to her very carefully.
Friends of Elizabeth Ann Seton’s late husband introduced him to Catholicism. After returning to New York, the widow Seton was accepted into the Catholic Church on March 14, 1805, by The Rev. Matthew O ‘Brien of St. Peter’s, then the only Catholic church in the city. (The anti-Catholic law was repealed only a few years ago.) A year later, she received the sacrament of confirmation from Bishop John Carroll of Baltimore, the nation’s only Catholic bishop. To support herself and her children, Setton opened a young ladies’ college. This was common for widows of social standing at the time. After news of her conversion to Catholicism spread, most parents withdrew their daughter from her school. In 1807, students at a local Protestant college boarded at her home on Bowery Stuyvesant Lane, near St. Mark’s Church. When Seton was about to move to Canada, she met a visiting pastor, Louis William Valentine Dubourg, a member of the exile community of the Sulpician Fathers in France, and then president of St. Mary’s College in Baltimore. Sulpicians had taken refuge in the United States to escape religious persecution during the French reign of terror. They were establishing the first Catholic seminary in the United States, in line with the goals of their community. For several years, Dubourg had envisioned a religious school to meet the educational needs of the small Catholic community in the new country. The bronze statue Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton’s is still highly respected today. More saint sculptures for you to choose from.