COLLEGE PARK, Maryland — Elizabeth Ann Seton was born in New York on August 28, 1774. She moved to Baltimore in 1808 to enter religious life and became Mother Seton, according to the Seton Hall University website.
A year later, Seton established the first American order of the “Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph’s,” which was originally founded in France. Seton eventually moved her order to Emmitsburg, where they founded St. Joseph’s School.
The order continued to expand by establishing schools and orphanages to help those in need. Seton was canonized by Pope Paul VI on September 14, 1975.
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