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Elizabeth Ann Seton“Live simply that others might simply live.”–Elizabeth Ann Seton

Elizabeth Ann Bayley, one of two daughters of a prominent Episcopal family, was born in New York on August 28, 1774. She married William Seton
and had three children, but the family fell on hard times after her husband died in 1803. She became a Roman Catholic in 1805 and by 1809 she, her three daughters, her sisters-in-law, Cecelia and Harriet Seton, and four young women who had joined them, began what was to become the American foundation of the Sisters of Charity. After years of serving her fellow humans, she contracted tuberculosis and died January 4, 1821. Mother Seton was canonized the first American-born saint by Pope Paul VI in 1975.



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