New videos coming each month…
The first video, “I Am a Mother,” explores the love, sorrows and devotion that Mother Seton experienced in raising her five children.
From the Seton Shrine Newsroom…
EMMITSBURG, MD (June 2, 2021) – The life and lessons of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton will come to video, as part of a monthly series exploring her life and the lessons of her spiritual legacy.
The Seeker to Saint series, produced by The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, is part of a year-long commemoration of the 200th anniversary of her passing into heaven.
Seton, the first native-born American saint, embodies what it is to be a wife, mother, friend, teacher, spiritual seeker and servant of the poor in ways that people can identify with today. Everyday people see an ordinariness in how she lived and an extraordinariness in her response to these roles and the challenges she faced.
The first video in the series, “I Am a Mother,” will be distributed by Catholic News Service and appear on the National Shrine’s website and social media channels. Each video will also be accompanied by a written story, with the first being an interview with Luci Baines Johnson, the youngest daughter of President Lyndon Baines Johnson and a Catholic convert. In the story, Johnson discusses her deep devotion to Mother Seton and the ways that she and many other women can identify with her.
“Mother Seton’s life is filled with stories that people at all stages of their lives can relate to,” said Rob Judge, executive director of The National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. “The videos bring these stories to life for a new generation seeking spiritual heroes and the healing power of love and service that she represents.”
The video series is part of a year-long celebration of Mother Seton that began in January with a Mass at the Shrine that was celebrated by Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore. In July, the Shrine will debut “The Seton Family Treasures,” a special exhibit featuring rarely seen artifacts from her life. These include the iconic bonnet she wore, her writing table and a christening dress worn by her daughter. Many of these artifacts were donated to the National Shrine earlier this year by The Sisters of Charity of New York, which traces its lineage to the order of sisters that Mother Seton founded.
Mother Seton was a native of New York and lived there before converting to Catholicism and establishing a school and religious community in Emmitsburg.