Pope Paul VI Canonizes Elizabeth Ann Seton

Pope Paul VI Canonizes Elizabeth Ann Seton

Elizabeth Ann Seton

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Elizabeth Ann Seton is canonized by Pope Paul VI during a 30-minute ceremony on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica. Seton is the first American-born saint in the Roman Catholic Church.

The founder of the Sisters of Charity as well as the parochial school system in America, Elizabeth Ann Seton was actually raised as an Episcopalian but converted to Catholicism later in life.

Pope Paul VI says during the canonization ceremony:

"Elizabeth Ann Seton was wholly American.

Rejoice, we say to the great nation of the United States. Rejoice for your glorious daughter. Be proud of her and know how to preserve her faithful heritage."

Catholic officials hope that her canonization will make her an inspiration to young women in America to take up religious vows and become nuns. Sister Jerome Nossell says:

"We hope the attention given to the canonization will encourage more young women to join our sisterhood."

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