Elizabeth was the First
canonised September 14, 1975, in Saint Peter's Square, by Pope Paul VI.
The legacy she left includes six religious communities with more
than 5,000 members, hundreds of schools, social service centers, and
hospitals throughout America and around the world.
Elizabeth married William Magee Seton. When her father died in 1799
Elizabeth and William, who already had five children of their own, took
responsibility for her younger unmarried siblings. When William Magee
died Elizabeth was left alone with her extended brood. She turned
to the Catholic Church. Under her influence her nieces became nuns, all
except Charlotte Seton who had been sheltered at private school.
Charlotte, who was, by then, married, spoke out strongly against this.
There was quite a rift in the family. Charlotte's daughter Mary Seton
married George Usborne.