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New Federation Exhibit; Upcoming Celebration of Seton Canonization

Ruth Bielobocky and Tony DiIulio in front of the new Sisters of Charity Federation exhibit at the Seton Shrine (Photo  reproduced with permission of Ruth Bielobocky and Tony DiIulio)

Ruth Bielobocky and Tony DiIulio in front of the new Sisters of Charity Federation exhibit at the Seton Shrine (Photo reproduced with permission of Ruth Bielobocky and Tony DiIulio)

The Provincial Archives has been assisting our colleagues at Seton Shrine as they prepare new exhibits for the upcoming commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the canonization of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. One of the collaborations involved the archivists from the other eleven congregations of the Sisters of Charity Federation. Each sent in an image of their First Mother, and exhibit curator Ruth Bielobocky designed this wonderful panel that traces that history. The panels were installed today along with other images and artifacts. Ruth stands near her work along with Tony DiIulio of Seton Heritage Ministries who has been coordinating the exhibit changes. Check for our posts next week as we document the installation of the crowning item in the new exhibit: the original banner for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton that hung in Vatican Square at the canonization on Sept. 14, 1975.

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Feast Day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, August 28, 1774 – January 4, 1821 (used with permission of Daughters of Charity Archives)

Today, January 4, is the feast day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

For an account of Mother Seton’s death by her spiritual director, Simon Gabriel Bruté, see our
January 4, 2014 blog post.

2015 marks the 40th anniversary of Mother Seton’s canonization.

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Throwback Thursday: Elizabeth Ann Seton altar

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Elizabeth Ann Seton altar prior to the transfer of Mother Seton’s relics in 1968 (Images used with permission of Daughters of Charity Provincial Archives)

For Throwback Thursday and the anniversary of Elizabeth Seton’s canonization coming up this weekend, here is a view of the Seton Altar in what is now the Basilica of the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton before Mother Seton’s remains were formally transferred there in 1968. Look closely and you’ll see the words “Blessed Elizabeth Ann Seton” above the statue. Mother Seton was canonized on September 14, 1975 by Pope Paul VI.

Elizabeth Ann Seton’s remains have resided in a number of different locations on the Emmitsburg Campus since her death. When she died in 1821 she was buried in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, the original cemetery on our grounds. A headstone marking her original burial spot can still be seen today. In 1845 the Mortuary Chapel, located in St. Joseph’s Cemetery adjacent to Mother Seton’s first burial spot, was built to house her remains; her remains were transferred to the Mortuary Chapel in 1846. The Mortuary Chapel still stands as well. After her beatification in 1963 Mother Seton’s remains were placed in a copper casket and transferred to a niche above the main altar in the chapel at St. Joseph’s Central House. The chapel, located just south of our current campus, is now part of FEMA’s National Emergency Training Center. In 1968 her remains moved for the final time to the Sisters’ Chapel at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, now the Basilica of the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. The Basilica is open to the public and can be viewed from 10:00am – 4:30pm every day.

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