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Seton bicentennial celebration set

December 26, 2008

EMMITSBURG, Md. -- The opening of the bicentennial year for the Daughters of Charity and the Feast Day of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton will be celebrated Sunday, Jan. 4, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Basilica at the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, 333 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg.

The minister of the liturgy, principal celebrant and homilist will be the Very Reverend Ronald D. Witherup, S.S., Superior General, Society of Saint Sulpice. Concelebrants will be the priests of the congregation of the mission, priests of Mount Saint Mary's University and Seminary, and visiting priests.

There will also be an opportunity to meet the artist who created a collage depicting 200 years of history.

Seton was a wife, mother to five children, widow, mother to two sons in the military, convert to the Catholic church, foundress, educator, nurse and the first U.S.-born saint.  

Two hundred years ago, she arrived in Emmitsburg following a three-day journey from Paca Street in Baltimore. Beginning Jan. 4 and throughout the year, her life and legacy will be celebrated. 

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For more information, go to www.setonlegacy.org.

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