"A Religious Haven" Emmitsburg Things to Do Tip by newyorkerman
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Located near the Maryland-Pennsylvania border, Emmitsburg still maintains some of the quiet, rural life it knew at the time it experienced part of the Confederate invasion during the Civil War.
Though small and remote, nevertheless, this town served an important role in the religious history of this nation. A number of French clergy found a new home here, after fleeing the terrors of their Revolution. After settling, they opened St. Mary Seminary, which still trains clergy for the various dioceses of the United States.
New York City, in 1809, saw the conversion of the prominent young widow, Elizabeth Bayley Seton, to the Roman church. As a result of this decision, however, Mrs. Seton became a social outcast, and lost her sole means of providing for herself and her young children. Long known for her solicitude for the poor of the city, the Abbé's offered her a place of refuge, similar to what they themselves had found there.
A year later, she was led to found a group of relgious Sisters dedicated to the service of the poor, especially in educating the children they served. Known as the Sisters of Charity, foundations of this congregation spread throughout the United States and Canada. Her work is considered the foundation of the parochial school system in this nation.
In 1975, Mother Seton (as she came to be known) was declared a saint of the Roman Catholic church. She was the first U.S.-born citizen to be so honored. Today her remains are preserved and honored at a shrine locaged at the college still run by the community of Sisters she founded.
It was a branch of these Sisters who taught me for most of my student career before college. Located not far from Gettysburg, I was able to stop and pay my own honor to the women who helped make this education possible through the commitment of their lives.
Address: 333 South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, MD 21727-9297
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