Emmitsburg, Maryland: Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
The National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
- 333 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, MD
- North on US Hwy 15, blinking light for Mt. St. Mary's College, make left at next blinking light onto S. Seton Ave. (look for Getty Mart), go one mile, FINA on right, look for sign for St. Joseph's Cemetery.
American saint entombed in an altar, but not on display. "Walk Meditatively," instructs the brochure. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
Visitor Tips and News About Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
While visiting Gettysburg, we were told to stop by the Shrine since it was close by. We met a young girl who lives there and she gave us a wonderful tour. We went through the stone house and saw all the rooms that Elizabeth Seton had lived and worked in. We went by the cemetery and all through the Shrine interior. It was very impressive and beautiful. She was an intelligent, caring, and loving mother, wife, widow, and teacher who lived her life with a purpose. She certainly never expected to be a Saint, but the good Lord chose her anyway.[J.P. Mc Geehan, 07/12/2012]
There was a time, not long ago, when visitors could purchase tiny bits of saints in shrine gift shops. A Papal ban on Relic sales put an end to it.
What a lovely place. Easy to find and beautiful grounds. One place to walk through is the cemetery for many of St Elizabeth Ann Seton's sisters. There are many headstones to view, the stations of the cross are installed in the walls enclosing this area and there is the mortuary chapel where St. Ann was originally interred.[Cris Swanlund, 10/19/2008]
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is not on display like other American saints.
After making the arduous pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, $20 clutched eagerly in hand, I was informed that it is has been so decreed by Holy Mother Church that it is now sacrilege to peddle the bones and flesh of deceased saints.
Thus no First Class Relics are available at this or any shrine. They still sell Third Class, but all demons and undead I have meet merely scoff if you wave these in their face.
This is a blanket order from the Pope, so it will hold true at all shrines everywhere. If you just must have a First Class Relic for that bothersome Werewolf next door, try eBay, but expect to bid high. Best of luck.[StormRaven, 12/31/2004]
We hadn't heard about the Papal ban on Relic sales. Wonder what the bone shaving order of nuns in Rome is working on these days? Or perhaps, StormRaven, you didn't strike the gift shop staff as someone who would take good care of a First Class Relic...
Nearby Offbeat Places
- Big Jinxed 9/11 Statue Of Flag-Raising Firefighters, Emmitsburg, MD - < 1 mi.
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- Land of Little Horses Farm Park, West Gettysburg, PA - 10 mi.
- In the region: National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Frederick, MD - 20 mi.