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Seton, Saint Elizabeth Ann,

1774–1821, American Roman Catholic leader, usually called Mother Seton, b. Elizabeth Ann Bayley, New York City. She was the daughter of a prominent physician. Her husband, William Seton, a successful merchant, died (1803) in Italy, leaving her with five young children. Soon afterward she became (1805) a Roman Catholic. This conversion severed her from her relatives, and she started a school in New York City to support her family. In 1808, invited by Bishop Carroll, she opened a school in Baltimore, then moved (1809) to Emmitsburg, Md., already the seat of a Catholic school for boys, Mt. St. Mary's. There she opened the first Catholic free school, the beginning of American parochial education and also founded St. Joseph's College (for women). About her she formed a community of women, which soon adopted the rule of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, the great sisterhood centered in Paris. This was the first American congregation of Daughters of Charity (or Sisters of Charity). Mother Seton was superior of her community; this had grown into 20 communities before her death. She was beatified in 1963 and canonized in 1975, thereby making her the first native-born American saint. Feast: Jan. 4. Her journals, letters, and memoirs have been published.


See tr. of selected writings by E. Kelly and A. Melville (1987).

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When the poverty of Mother Seton's sisters forced them to take on wealthy students in order to support themselves, they continued to educate and tutor the children of the poor.
Those who would like to donate may reach Richelle Pena Robosa at 09503633376 or visit the pedia ward of the Mother Seton Hospital in Naga City.
After being educated "by Mother Seton's sisters, where we were all sisters together," and a spell teaching in New Orleans, Thibodeaux went in the late 1960s to integrate a Tulsa, Okla., Catholic secondary school.
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Intent on living out a mission of service to the poor, they pooled personnel and finances to found and run Mother Seton Academy, a school for some of the city's most impoverished and educationally deprived middle-schoolers.
Since opening in 1993, Mother Seton Academy has had and enrollment of 60 sixth-, seventh- and eight-graders.
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Shortly after that, in the late 1970s, Dear said, "I was reading a biography of Mother Seton and I suddenly came to my senses - I knew I wanted to give my life to God, to become a priest.
Pillonar, who suffered an unspecified wound, was brought to the Mother Seton Hospital in Naga City, while his companion, identified as Domingo Dancalan, was killed, the report said.
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