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National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Emmitsburg

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The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is a U.S. religious site and educational center in Emmitsburg, Maryland, that pays tribute to the life and mission of Elizabeth Ann Seton (August 28, 1774 – January 4, 1821), the first native-born citizen of the United States to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. It is both a minor basilica and a national shrine.
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  • The National Shrine of St Elizabeth Ann Seaton consists of a beautiful Basilica completed in 1965, and the surrounding property that includes the Legacy Garden, St. Josephs Cemetery and two historic.....  more
    The National Shrine of St Elizabeth Ann Seaton consists of a beautiful Basilica completed in 1965, and the surrounding property that includes the Legacy Garden, St. Josephs Cemetery and two historic.....  more »
  • For a non-Catholic interested in women's history, this is an interesting a unique place to visit. I was particularly impressed with the house museums, where very knowledgeable living history guides.....  more
    For a non-Catholic interested in women's history, this is an interesting a unique place to visit. I was particularly impressed with the house museums, where very knowledgeable living history guides.....  more »
  • We took our 6th grade class on a field trip to visit the homes where St. Elizabeth Ann Seton lived and worked. Could not have been more pleased with our tour guides Connie and Savanna. They shared.....  more
    We took our 6th grade class on a field trip to visit the homes where St. Elizabeth Ann Seton lived and worked. Could not have been more pleased with our tour guides Connie and Savanna. They shared.....  more »
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  • This shrine was just gorgeous as expected. The grounds are highly and beautifully manicured, the building is clean, air conditioned and handicap accessible. We didn't take the paid tour and historical component but we were able to visit the church free. The gift shop was small but we were able to purchase items. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was a teacher and founder of Catholic schools. The cemetery was beautiful as 99.9% of the simple, yet beautiful headstones were for nuns. The oldest one was from 1821. This Shrine was interesting since my grands go to a Catholic school and my daughter is a principal at a Catholic HS.
  • Amazing. Beautiful. Is there really a proper adjective to describe it? I stopped on a trip recently and I'm so glad I did. The basilica is awe-inspiring. It was the first time I've ever visited the final resting place of a saint and knowing I'm standing very near the remains of someone who is surely in heaven. I wish I had more time to closely read the exhibits. The gift shop has a wonderful collection of sacramentals, books, and other religious matter. I will definitely visit again.
  • One of the most amazing outdoor experiences you could ever hope to go with your family. This place is truly beautiful and blessed. The ladies at the gift shop were so nice and there was a great selection to purchase from. All the shrines and grottos look well maintained. The grounds are immaculate and well taken care of. There is plenty of parking. Many clean bathrooms near the gift shop. They have a large covered picnic pavilion. If you are nearby, make the stop, it is so worth it. It was easy to find and we were able to park our RV. They are open daily and even offer daily Mass.
  • If you look beyond the obvious beauty of the basilica and lovely grounds you will find a whole lot more here. There's no better place to learn about the first American born Saint than the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. In addition to Mass, Confession, and Adoration, they have tours, a museum, and a gift shop. They also offer various events throughout the year. Some are hands on and others employ interpreters portraying historical people from Mother Seton's time. In October they offer "Back From the Dead Cemetery Walk," an alternative to the typical American Halloween experience which I am eagerly anticipating. I highly recommend visiting. It's a wonderful escape from the current worries of our times and quite inspirational!
  • I loved the beautiful church! They were all very welcoming. Even though we only were able to see the church because of lack of time it was very grace filled!

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