St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774 – 1821) was the first native-born American to become a saint. She married a businessman and had five children. Her husband’s business failed and he died of illness, leaving St. Elizabeth and her children penniless. She found peace in the Catholic faith, converted and began doing good works. She founded the first American religious community for women, the Sisters of Charity. She also started the first American parish school and orphanage. She is the patron saint of Catholic schools. Her feast day is on 4 January.
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