elizabeth ann seton
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton was born on August 28, 1774 in New York. St. Elizabeth's mom died when she was three years old. Her father then remarried and his new wife served as a mother to Elizabeth. Seton's stepmother took her when she did charitable acts, including visiting the poor. When Elizabeth's father and his new wife split, their step mother abandoned them, so they went to live with her uncle. Elizabeth became married at the age of 19. Elizabeth continued her step mother's charitable work. Eventually the Seton's became bankrupt. Her husband had tuberculosis and was sent to Italy with his wife and children. He died in Italy, and Elizabeth moved back home. After returning, Elizabeth opened an academy for young women, although after word of her conversion spread, parents began to pull their daughters from the school. She then moved to Maryland and opened a catholic school for women. In addition, she founded the first congregation of religious sisters in the U.S. Elizabeth Ann Seton died of tuberculosis on January 4, 1821 at the age of 46. She is buried in her national shrine in Maryland. She was beatified on March 17, 1963 by Pope John XXIII. She was canonized on September 14, 1975. Her feast day is January 4 and she is the patron saint of seafarers.