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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton's Bicentennial

July 31st-August 2 was the big celebration in Emmitsburg, MD for the celebration of 200 years since Mother Seton began her little community. The video below shows highlights from the weekend. Friday night was a wonderful celebration of the history of the Sisters and Daughters of Charity! It was a powerful prayer connecting the beginning, the past, the present, and a sense of the call for the future. If you look at the clip that shows three women dressed in the black bonnet and dress walking down the aisle side by side--I'm the short one in the middle! There were a number of special Masses during the weekend. The biggest one was noon on Sunday. There were students from Seton Keough High School, Elizabeth Seton High School (music and singing), Mother Seton Academy, and Mother Seton School. As you will see from the clip there were many priests, a couple bishops, and a cardinal celebrating the Mass. The basilica was so full another large room was set up with video screens so everyone could fully participate.

Sr. Liz Sjoberg interviewed the Sisters in her local community (where she lives) and asked about their thoughts about celebrating Mother Seton's bicentennial. Enjoy her "Sr. Liz Investigates" video!

The weekend for me was a powerful witness of how the vocation, the call, of one woman could have such a great impact on a nation and so many lives. It is a wonderful feeling knowing that I am part of Mother Seton's legacy. As a Daughter of Charity, I am a member of a prayerful group of women who seek to serve the poor and support one another through our community living---something we have done in the U.S. for 200 years, internationally through St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac for 376 years.

I see many young people searching for their place in the world. It is very exciting to witness how many are praying about what God desires for their lives. This generation of young people is so much more open to letting Christ work in and be a daily part of life. It is a terrific time to see this new life and energy in the Church! I can't wait to see what God works through the Church and our community in these years to come!

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