January 4, St. Elizabeth
Seton was born on August 28, 1774, of a wealthy and distinguished Episcopalian
family. She was baptized in the Episcopal faith and was a faithful adherent
of the Episcopal Church until her conversion to Catholicism.
She established her first Catholic school in Baltimore
in 1808; in 1809, she established a religious community in Emmitsburg,
Maryland. After seeing the expansion of her small community of teaching
sisters to New York and as far as St. Loius, she died on January 4,
1821, and was declared a saint by Pope Paul VI on September 14, 1975.
She is the first native born American to be canonized a saint.