Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton was a brave mother of five children, left to raise them on her own after the death of her husband. She is a model for single mothers in her patience and in her commitment to improving her community. Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton also established the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph and St. Joseph’s Academy and Free School, the first free school for girls in the United States. The legacy she left now includes six religious communities with more than 5,000 members, hundreds of schools, social service centers and hospitals throughout America and around the world. Seton Home’s founders were inspired by her example and hope that her prayers and guidance are with our families always.
Feast Day: January 4
Birthplace: New York City