Our community was founded in 1994 as our first foundation in the United States. Our apostolate includes work at St. Gabriel and St. John Cansius, which together form the parish Mary Mother of the Church, and at St. Michael Catholic Church, all in Brooklyn, New York.
Our main works of evangelization are the following:
- Catechism: The sisters are in charge of the Catechism program at two parishes; the programs are bi-lingual with around 400 children enrolled each year. The programs include Adoration once a month, recitation of a decade of the Rosary, and reading of the Bible in each class.
- Youth Group: The sisters are in the process of forming a program for the youth group. Currently, the youth assist the sisters to teach catechism and aid in other office work.
- Parish Work: The sisters work in the sacristy of the parish. This includes setting up for Mass, preparing the church bulletin, and music for Mass. Additionally, the sisters teach Pre-Jordan classes for parents that are getting ready to baptize their babies.
- Nursing Home Visits: One sister visits the elderly twice a week. This includes talking with the elderly and bringing them Holy Communion.
- Home Visits: The sisters visit the homes of the children attending catechism. This is so that the sisters get to know the families and to find out if any other family members need to receive the sacraments.
- Third Order: A sister works with our priests to organize the Third Order meetings and activities. The meetings include talks on social doctrine and the activities include charity dinner, Christmas party, and monthly retreat.
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821)
Elizabeth Ann Seton was born on August 28, 1774, of a wealthy and distinguished Episcopalian family. She was baptized and was a faithful adherent of the Episcopalian Church until her conversion to Catholicism. She married William Seton and they had five children amid suffering and sickness. Elizabeth and her sick husband traveled to Leghorn, Italy, where William died. While in Italy, Elizabeth became acquainted with Catholicism and in 1805 she made her profession of faith in the Catholic Church. She established her first Catholic school in Baltimore in 1808; in 1809, she established the religious community of the American Sisters of Charity in Emmitsburg, Maryland. She died on January 4, 1821, and was declared a saint by Pope Paul VI on September 14, 1975. She is the first American-born saint.