Even on the rainy Sunday morning of August 2, there was still a glow in St. Joseph’s Valley, Emmitsburg, Maryland. The glow resulted from the year long celebration surrounding the Seton Legacy Bicentennial. In the Basilica of the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, the Seton Legacy Garden was dedicated followed by a noon Mass.
The principal celebrant and homilist was Bishop Denis J. Madden, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Bishop Madden spoke about the undying acts of love the Daughters of Charity give to the poor. He described the many good works of the Daughters of Charity noting that what happened 200 years ago continues today. These dedicated women give openly of themselves with generosity of spirit to anyone in need.
Representatives of LCUSA, the Archdiocese of Washington and Providence Hospital were present for this Sunday celebration of Saint Elizabeth Ann, the first native born saint of the United States. What a special way for us as Ladies of Charity to spend a Sunday walking the grounds where it all began 200 years ago!