Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, née Elizabeth Ann Bayley, born August 28, 1774, in New
York, New York, died January 4, 1821, in Emmitsburg, Maryland. She was canonized in 1975 (feast day January 4). She was the first native-born American to be canonized
by the Roman Catholic Church and was the founder of the Sisters of Charity, the
first American religious society.
Elizabeth Bayley was the daughter of a distinguished physician. She devoted a
good deal of time to working among the poor, and in 1797 she joined Isabella M.
Graham and others in founding the first charitable institution in New York City,
the Society for the Relief of Poor Widows with Small Children, serving as the
organization’s treasurer for seven years. She had married William M. Seton in
1794, and in 1803 they and the eldest of their five children traveled to Italy for
his health. Nevertheless, in part perhaps as an aftereffect of his bankruptcy
three years earlier, he died there of tuberculosis in December.
As a result of her experiences and acquaintances in Italy, Seton joined the
Roman Catholic Church in New York City in 1805. Herself now a widow with
small children, she found it difficult to earn a living, and many friends and
relatives shunned her after her conversion (the various anti-Catholic laws of the
colonial era had only recently been lifted). For a time she operated a small
school for boys. In 1808 Seton accepted an invitation from the priest (later
bishop) Louis William Dubourg, president of St. Mary’s College in Baltimore,
Maryland, to open a school for Catholic girls in that city. Several young women
joined in her work, and in 1809 her long-held hope to found a religious
community was realized when she and her companions took vows before
Archbishop John Carroll and became the Sisters of St. Joseph, the first
American-based Catholic sisterhood. A few months later Mother Seton and the
sisters moved their home and school to Emmitsburg, Maryland, where they
provided free education for the poor girls of the parish—an act later considered
by many to be the beginning of Catholic parochial education in the United States.
In 1812 the order became the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph under a
modification of the rule of the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. Houses of
the order were opened in Philadelphia in 1814 and in New York City in 1817.
Mother Seton continued to teach and work for the community until her death in
1821, by which time the order had 20 communities. In 1856 Seton Hall College
(now Seton Hall University) in South Orange Village, New Jersey, was named for
her, and in 1885 the Sisters of Charity founded Seton Hill Junior College (now
Seton Hill University) in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, in her honour. She was
canonized in September 1975.
While all students participate in art class as a part of their regular school curriculum, the After School Art Program is offered to provide students in grades first through sixth. This program provides additional opportunity to further explore their creativity through the use of different materials and art forms. Each month, participants will experiment, learn new techniques of working with different art mediums such as painting, sculpture, printmaking, and more. Professional grade materials are included in the class fee.
When: After School Art meetings weekly on Thursdays from 3:15-4:45 p.m. Classes run monthly September through April.
The After School Band program provides students an opportunity to learn an instrument and grow their appreciation for and love of music. After School Band is available to students in the fourth through sixth grade.
When: Band meets September through April on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:15-4:45 p.m.
Contact: The Main Office (907) 345-3712
Chess Club welcomes both new and experienced players to the club! Students in grades second through sixth grade are able to learn chess, practice strategies, and enjoy playing chess with friends. Basic techniques are introduced including key moves and chess etiquette. Through Chess Club, students are able to improve concentration and memory and gain additional skills in math, logic, critical thinking, and creativity in a fun and supportive environment.
Homework Club provides a quiet place for students to engage in self-study and complete their homework afterschool. Homework Club is open to students grades second through sixth.
When: Monday-Friday, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Robotics Club is open to students grades four through sixth and provides opportunity for students to develop their STEM skills by engaging in research, problem solving, coding, and engineering as they build and program a LEGO robot that navigates the missions of a robot game for a LEGO League challenge. Space is limited so parents are encouraged to complete the registration form as soon as possible.
Running Club is open to students interested in exploring the sport of running in a fun, supportive environment. Students in kindergarten through sixth grade are welcome to participate; however, students in kindergarten and first grade are required to have a parent run with them in order to participate. In addition to running, students will be introduced to proper warm-up, cool down, and stretching techniques, as well as healthy and safe running skills.
SEAS students are introduced to basic sewing techniques and have an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with sewing machines through Sewing Club. They will learn sewing machine basics including threading, bobbing, and petal speeds through engagement in fun sewing projects that help foster new skills and creativity.