This framed print of St.Elizabeth Ann Seton serves as a reminder to teachers, mothers, converts, and religious sisters of her hopeful, loving, and persevering example under adversity. The image is a portrait of Elizabeth, later in her life, in the habit of her order, holding a rosary. It comes in a wood frame with a cherry finish under glass and is available in 3 different sizes.
St. Elizabeth Ann Bayley was born in 1774, shortly before the Declaration of Independence was written, to an upper class Episcopalian family in New York. At the age of 19 she was married to William Magee Seton, a successful businessman, and they had a happy and fruitful marriage, bearing 5 children. When she was thirty, he had contracted Tuberculosis, so the family moved to Italy to try and save his life, but to no avail. His death was a major turning point in her life, and she began going through a major conversion marked by a deep desire to receive Our Lord in the blessed sacrament, acceptance of the Divine Will, and recourse to the Our Lady as her own mother.
After returning to the United States they moved to Maryland, and opened a school, to support her children. Around the same time, she organized a community of religious sisters, The Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph. Together they opened two schools, including the original, and two orphanages in the area. They based their rule on that of St. Vincent de Paul's and they made a concession for Elizabeth so that she could still raise her children. However, only 16 years after entering the church, she became grievously ill, and died of Tuberculosis in 1821, only 46 years old. Pope Paul the VI canonized her in 1975 as the first American-born saint.
~Sizes listed are of the image only~
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