Saint of the Day: January 4

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Elizabeth Ann Seton, born in 1774, was the first native-born citizen of the United States to be canonized by the Catholic Church. She was a Catholic religious sister and an educator, known for founding the country's parochial school system. After the death of her husband, she converted to Catholicism and later established the first American religious community for women, the Sisters of Charity. She also opened the first American parish school and established the first American Catholic orphanage. Seton was beatified by Pope John XXIII in 1963 and canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1975. She is the patron saint of in-law problems, against the death of children, widows, death of parents, and opposition of Church authorities[1][2][3][5].


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