All-School Liturgy was held today for the Feast of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. Father Andrew Williams (’08) was co-celebrant with Father Rick Jones (’81). This was Fr. Andrew’s first Liturgy at his alma mater as he was ordained on December 14, 2018. The school presented him with a chasuble depicting the life of Mary, including the Wedding at Cana, The Visitation, The Nativity, The Annunciation and The Coronation. After Liturgy, students participated in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Trivia with Brother David.
The Patron Saint of Catholic Schools, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was born Elizabeth Ann Bayley and grew up in a wealthy family in New York. She married William Seton and they had five children. By the time she was 30, Elizabeth was widowed, penniless, and had five small children to support. She opened a school for girls in Maryland, marking the start of the Catholic parochial school system in the US. In 1809, she took her vows becoming Mother Seton and founding the Sisters of Charity, the first community for religious women in the United States.
In 1975 she was canonized by Pope Paul VI, making her the first citizen born in the US to be given the title of “Saint.”
“Be Children of the Church.” – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
“Faith lifts the staggering soul on one side,
Hope supports it on the other.
Experience says it must be,
and Love says let it be.” – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton