Size: 5/8 inch
Material: Sterling silver
This medal shows St Elizabeth Ann Seton dressed in the bonnet and cape of her religious order, The Sisters of Charity. We know the medal was struck before her canonization in 1972 because it refers to her as “Blessed” which is the step before being made a saint.
Elizabeth Seton was born in New York City in 1774 to a wealthy Episcopal family. At age 19 she fell in love and married William Seton. They had 5 children. After 10 years William’s business failed, and he developed tuberculosis. They sailed to Italy to seek a cure, but William died during their trip. While there, Elizabeth was drawn to Catholicism and soon converted. Elizabeth and her children moved to Baltimore where she founded the first free Catholic school and began the religious order, The Sister’s of Charity. Although she took religious vows, provisions were made so she could still raise her children. She died of tuberculosis in 1821 at the age of 46.
St Elizabeth Seton is the patron of:
Against death of children
Against death of parents
People ridiculed for their piety