Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton

Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton

Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton
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This historic and beautiful church is also the National Shrine of Saint Seton. Originally established as a mission for the protection of Irish immigrant girls. The church today serves lower Battery Park City and Financial District residents as well as Fidi workers. Established in 1886 the parish began as a mission for young female Irish immigrants. Occupying two adjacent buildings, The colonial Watson House and the home of Mother Seton. In addition to being a place for special devotion, the Shrine has educational material about her life and the lrish American immigrant experience. Among Saint Seton's many accomplishments, she is the founder of the order of The Sisters of Charity and began the Catholic parochial schools system in the United States.
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Neighborhood: Downtown Manhattan (Downtown)
How to get there
  • South Ferry • 2 min walk
  • Whitehall St – South Ferry • 3 min walk
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MomtoNine
Gorham, ME46 contributions
Family
If you Catholic, it is worth a stop in at the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, just across from the Manhattan-side of the Staten Island Ferry. While the actually display of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton's feels a bit cramped and dated, the chapel is beautiful, the staff helpful and informative, and a bit of peace and prayer welcome and grace-filled amongst the hubbub of sightseeing and crowds.
Written August 2, 2012
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bostonienne
Boston area162 contributions
My teenage daughter and I visited the shrine to honor Elizabeth Ann Seton and feel connected to her time in New York. The Federal style building is gorgeous. We appreciated the church inside and the lovely stained glass window portraying the Saint. Stop by and enjoy a quiet moment, and learn more about her charity work and her contribution as an educator.
Written March 18, 2012
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harvardmom2
Rockaway, NJ210 contributions
An elegant church and shrine to a wonderful Saint. Visited here with a friend of mine who is a nun with the Order of Sisters of Charity. Both she and I were touched by the beauty of the church and the collection of photos.
A beautiful place to rest and reflect in a sea of busy tourists and sights.
Written July 13, 2017
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calrugbygirl
Oakland, California6 contributions
Couples
I visited this shrine as part of my last visit home. I was taught by the Sisters of Sister Seton at Holy Cross and am still friends with some of my teachers.

Mother Seton was an amazing woman. If you are in New York. stop by and see the shrine.
Written November 18, 2012
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland17,317 contributions
Solo
It’s an interesting shrine! Sitting near the very end of Manhattan it really looks out of place among the grandeur of high rise buildings.
Written February 5, 2022
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland17,317 contributions
Solo
Nice church in a highly desirable location with views that are worth millions! It’s funny to see it between all the office buildings.
Written March 3, 2020
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D0cumenta
Prague, Czech Republic336 contributions
Couples
Even NYC financial district is everywhere around these small buildings made of bricks are surviving to these days.Great contrast.
Written June 24, 2018
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Elizabeth B
Chapel Hill, NC189 contributions
Couples
I love the fact that this building has been preserved; it sticks out like a sore thumb in the Financial District, and I love it! The church is humble but beautiful, and Mother Seton was born here, which is very special.
Written January 5, 2017
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sonhomeu
New York City, NY268 contributions
Family
This is a lovely little shrine just across from the Staten Island Ferry. We went to Sunday mass and then spoke with the priest about St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the church, and read about her story in the chapel. The church was built as a shrine to the saint, attached to her Federalist-style house, which is one of the oldest in Manhattan, and definitely the only one left standing in that area surrounded by skyscrapers. I found it interesting she didn't grow up Catholic, but converted later in life. The church is pretty and we really liked the priest too.
Written April 29, 2016
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mojo95630
Folsom, CA77 contributions
Family
We were down in the area for the obvious activities and swung by to take a look at this monument.

The most amazing thing was the contrast of the beautiful brick building in front of two giant skyscrapers. It made for some cool pictures.

We didn't get to go inside, not sure when it's open.
Written March 24, 2016
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