Saint Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, Saint Elizabeth Seton
Date of Birth:
August 28, 1774
Date of Death:
January 4, 1821
Permitted to become a nun and received habit despite having children that she needed to care for.
Formed a religious community; three of her Sisters would later form the first known orphanage in the country.
Canonized in 1975, making her the first American-born saint.
Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, S.C., (28 August 1774 – 4 January 1821) was the first native-born citizen of the United States to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church (September 14, 1975). She established the first Catholic school in the nation, at Emmitsburg, Maryland, where she founded the first American congregation of Religious Sisters, the Sisters of Charity.