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SAINTS OF THE MONTH

St Elizabeth Ann SetonSAINT ELIZABETH ANN SETON:
Born: August 28, 1774 in New York City
Died: January 4, 1821
Canonization Date: September 14, 1975 by Pope Paul VI
Patron Of: Catholic Schools, Shreveport, Louisiana and the State of Maryland.
Feast Day: January 4th

Elizabeth Ann Bayley was born Dr. Richard Bayley and his wife, Catherine (Charlton). At the age of nineteen she married William Magee Seton, a wealthy businessman and co-owner of the Iron Works of Ringwood, New Jersey.

Elizabeth and her husband were not Catholic. They were Episcopalian. It was after her husband died in Italy, that Elizabeth decided to become Catholic along with her five children.

Later, she would found the first Catholic School in the United States in Emmitsburg, Maryland and also the first American religious order for women known as the Sisters of Charity.  Elizabeth Ann Seton would also become the first native born American Citizen to be canonized a Saint in the Catholic Church.

ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON LINKS:
Video on the life of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Biography of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Video on the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton  

johnneumannSAINT JOHN NEUMANN:
Born: March 18, 1811 in The Kingdom of Bohemia, Austrian Empire
Died: January 5, 1860 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Canonization Date: June 19, 1977 by Pope Paul VI
Feast Day: January 5th

Born in Bohemia, part of the Austrian Empire, John Neumann emigrated to the United States in order to become a priest.

In June 1836 he was ordained a priest and served the people of the Niagara Falls region of New York. On February 10, 1848 John Neumann became a Citizen of the United States

Within a few years, it was announced that John had been chosen to become the fourth Bishop of Philadelphia. He also organized the first diocesan school system in the United States.

He is the first, and remains the ONLY American male to be canonized a saint in the Catholic Church.

ST. JOHN NEUMANN LINKS:
Video on St. John Neumann
Another Video on St. John Neumann
Biography of St. John Neumann
National Shrine of St. John Neumann - Philadelphia, PA  

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