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National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton promotes the life and legacy of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton as a source of inspiration and encouragement for all people.
Completed in 1965, the Basilica was designed as the chapel for the Daughters of Charity in conjunction with the construction of the new Saint Joseph’s Provincial House. After Mother Seton’s beatification, plans were altered for the chapel to serve as the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, who founded the Sisters of Charity of Saint Joseph’s in 1809.
Today, the Basilica is a testament to the spiritual heritage of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, reminding us of her faithful adherence to God’s will, deep prayer life, devotion to the Eucharist, and love of the Church. In reflection of these aspects of Mother Seton’s spirituality, the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is a place of worship, pilgrimage, evangelization and reconciliation.
Free guided tours leave from the Visitor Center located below the Basilica (next to the statue of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton).
Docent guides lead groups on a guided tour and takes you to all the sacred and historical sites: the Stone House, White House, Seton Legacy Garden, and St. Joseph’s Cemetery and Mortuary Chapel. The Seton Heritage Museum offers a brief movie on the life and legacy of Mother Seton, and the Seton Heritage Shop offers an array of exclusive Mother Seton gifts.