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Seton, Elizabeth Ann Bailey (Saint)
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(Aug 28, 1774, New York – Jan 4, 1821, Emmitsburg, MD), founder of a religious community. Seton traveled to Italy in 1803, where she was introduced to the Roman Catholic Church. Following her husband’s death and her return to the United States in 1804, she continued to study the Catholic faith and on Mar 14, 1805, entered the church. After moving to Maryland in 1808, she opened a school for girls and then joined the Sisters of Charity of Saint Joseph, whose first American director she became. By 1863 there were 11,000 Sisters of Charity in the Un…

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Noll, Mark A., “Seton, Elizabeth Ann Bailey (Saint)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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