St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
St. Elizabeth Ann was born in New York in 1774 and was able to witness firsthand our nation’s fight for freedom. She lost her own mother at age 3, but her beloved stepmother taught her to practice charity to the poor and downtrodden of New York. Elizabeth later married and gave birth to five children but continued her works of charity. When her husband died, she founded the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph. She is the first native-born American to be canonized a saint and her feast day is January 4th. St. Elizabeth Ann is the patron saint of Catholic schools.