Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton was the first native-born American saint. Credited with starting Catholic education in the United States, she opened the first Catholic school on February 22, 1810 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Although having successfully raised five children, as a young widow she took the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in 1809. Along with two other women, she formed a religious community, the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph, and was chosen to be the first superior of the community. Known as "Mother Seton", she was a woman filled with tenacity, resilience, and spiritual fortitude. During her religious life, she achieved remarkable success as an entrepreneur, pioneer, founder, builder, administrator, and leader.
Elizabeth Ann Seton died at the youthful age of 47 in Emmitsburg, Maryland, on January 4, 1821, following a three-year illness. At the time of her death, the community had grown to fifty in number, and operated in twenty locations. Today, six congregations of Sisters trace their roots to her work.
Mother Seton was canonized on September 14, 1975. She is patron saint of Catholic schools, children near death, and persons rejected for their Catholic faith. Seton Catholic School embraces her life, energy and faith -- a faith in action that serves as our daily inspiration.
The "Hazard Yet Forward" bronze sculpture (left) of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was crafted by the hand of Sister Margaret Beaudette, SC, a sister from the order Sisters of Charity founded by Mother Seton. It was a gift to the school by the Class of 2006 and their families. It graces the entry way of our school.
"What is it that makes Seton so great? Is it the ease and warmth in the way administration, faculty and staff greet the parents anytime of the day? The ability of faculty or administration to discipline effectively and move on with the student's integrity intact? The exchange of a greeting from a student to a parent in the hallway? Or that there is genuine laughter, happiness and pre-teen giddiness coming from the middle school hallway? It is all of these things and much more!" - Seton Parent