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The Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

7 State St., New York, NY 10004 40.70238 -74.013713
nr. Whitehall St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-269-6865 Send to Phone

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  • Type: Historic New York, Landmarks, Religious Sites
Photo by Patrick Siggins

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Official Website

setonshrine.com

Hours

Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm; Sat-Sun, by appointment

Nearby Subway Stops

R at Whitehall St.-South Ferry; 4, 5 at Bowling Green; 1 at South Ferry

Parking

  • Nearby Parking Lots
  • Street Parking

Prices

Free

Profile

Opposite the entrance to the Staten Island Ferry, a stately, Federal-style brick building pays homage to one former resident: the first American-born saint and the founder of the American parochial school system. Widowed in 1803 with five children, the 29-year-old Elizabeth Ann Seton was inspired to convert to Catholicism after receiving aid from her husband's business associates, the devoutly Catholic Fillichi family. Shortly thereafter she accepted an offer to open a Catholic girls' school in Baltimore. Hospitals, charities, and several more schools such as Manhattan's St. Patrick Elementary School followed before her death in 1821 at the age of 47. The resilient structure at 7 State Street dates from 1793—the year Washington delivered his second inaugural address—and miraculously survived the Great Fire of 1835. Nearly 50 years later it was transformed into a church by Our Lady of the Rosary. Seton’s shrine, housed in an adjacent wing added in 1964, is an unfettered, whitewashed chapel with two electric votive stands and a modest series of illustrations depicting her pious life.

Windows

The stained glass windows behind the altar depict landmarks from Seton's spiritual journey such as St. Peter's Church on Barclay Street, where Seton underwent her conversion ceremony, and the Stone House in Baltimore where she lived and founded the Sisters of Charity of Saint Joseph's in 1809.

Tours
Visitors are welcome from 8am to 5pm on weekdays or before and after mass on weekends. More formal group tours are also available and may be arranged with the church office Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If You're Planning a Wedding
If you're interested in having your wedding at the Seton shrine, the church’s staff is happy to oblige. You can contact the office by phone at 212-269-6865 or 212-269-6866.

Religious Services
Mass is offered daily both at the shrine and at Our Lady of the Rosary Church next door. Weekdays, mass is held at 8:05 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 1:05 p.m. Sunday mass is held at 11 a.m. On Holy Days, Mass is held more frequently. Call for a complete schedule.

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