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1975 Documented theca with relics of a Native American St. Elizabeth Ann Bailey Seton

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1975 Documented theca with relics of a Native American St. Elizabeth Ann Bailey Seton

Round glass-fronted silver reliquary theca housing the first-class ex ossibus  (of the bone) pre-canonization relic of St. Elizabeth Ann Bailey Seton. The relic is affixed to a gold silk ground decorated gilt silver wire and identified on a typeset cedula label as S.E.A. Seton (St. Elizabeth Ann Bailey Seton).  On the back, under the protective cap, the theca is secured with a seal of red Spanish wax bearing an imprint of a coat of arms of the Order of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. The relic is accompanied by the original matching authentics document issued and signed in 1975 by the Pro-Postulator General responsible for the cause of beatification and canonization. 

St. Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, S.C., († 1821) was the first native-born citizen of the United States to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. She established the first Catholic girls' school in the nation in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where she also founded the first American congregation of religious sisters, the Sisters of Charity. She was beatified by Pope John XXIII on March 17, 1963. The pope said on occasion, “In a house that was very small, but with ample space for charity, she sowed a seed in America which by Divine Grace grew into a large tree.” Pope Paul VI canonized her on September 14, 1975. Her feast day is January 4, the eleventh day of Christmastide. She is the patron saint of seafarers, Catholic Schools; Shreveport, Louisiana; and the State of Maryland.


Additional Info

  • ID#: 438-RSGSR
  • Size: 31 mm across
  • Age: ca. 1975
  • Origin: Rome, Italy
  • Materials: silver, glass, silk, wax
  • Price: SOLD!
  • Silver

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