Vincentian Quote of the Week: St Elizabeth Ann Seton & Prayer

Monday, June 13, 2011

"We must pray without ceasing, in every occurrence and employment of our lives - that prayer which is rather a habit of lifting up the heart to God as in a constant communication with Him." (St. Elizabeth Ann Seton)

Probably one of the most famous quotes of the first American-born saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton. Elizabeth Ann holds a special place in my heart since I'm a Marylander, where she moved after being ridiculed for being Catholic, where she founded the Sisters of Charity, where she died. She founded the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph using the rule of St. Vincent de Paul. (Shortly after her death, the Sisters united with the Daughters of Charity.)

Elizabeth Ann Seton's legacy went beyond her own Sisters and stretched into 13 different congregations, making her the founder of the American Vincentian tradition - the Daughters of Charity, Sisters of Charity of New York, Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, Sisters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, Sisters of Charity of St Elizabeth, Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception, the Religious of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, and the Sisters of Saint Martha. You can read about their histories and connections to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton here.

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