Community St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
749 Linwood St.
Brooklyn, NY 11208
Serving in the Diocese of Brooklyn
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 in Brooklyn, New York.
The sisters are in charge of the Catechism program; the program is bi-lingual with around 200 children enrolled each year, which includes Eucharistic Adoration once a month, recitation of a decade of the Rosary, Monthly Parent Classes, once a year sacramental retreats and various annual events that are open to the parish community, such as the All Saints Day Costume Party, the Christmas Play and the St. John Bosco Feast.
The sisters run a Youth Group, named after St. John Paul II. The youth group meets on Fridays. They also have a group of youth assistants who help the sisters teach catechism and aid in other office work.
The sisters work in the sacristy of the parish. This includes setting up for Mass and Adoration, making Flower Arrangements, schedules for lectors and Eucharistic ministers, and the music for Mass. The sisters also coordinate the Eucharistic Adoration at the Parish as well as organize the Novena and Feast for our Lady of Guadalupe and the Living Stations of the Cross throughout the neighborhood on Good Friday. Additionally; the sisters teach Pre-Jordan classes for parents that are getting ready to baptize their babies.
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.
The sisters coordinate the Third Order monthly meetings and activities. The meetings include formation talks, rosary and Eucharistic Adoration.
As part of their apostolate the sisters help with airport trips and hospitality for our missionary sisters
Our Patroness | 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.
Maria de Jesus Sacramentado was beatified in 1992 and canonized by Pope Saint John Paul the Great in 2000. The miracle used for her canonization occurred at the Sacred Heart Hospital where she used to serve. Anastasio Ledezma Mora was brought to the hospital needing heart surgery. After administering anesthesia, however, his heart rate slowed and then completely stopped. The doctors tried to revive him, but he went into a deep coma with no pulse. The doctors and the nurses (some of Maria de Jesus’ sisters) invoked the intersession of Maria de Jesus Sacramentado. Ten to twelve minutes later, Mora’s heart started to beat again and revival attempts were successful. After a few days, doctors were able to complete the surgery without complication and Mora was eventually released from the hospital. He had no permanent brain damage, truly a miracle after suffering complete cardiac arrest for so long.
Read the homily John Paul the Great gave at the canonization of Maria de Jesus Sacrementado.