Fifty years ago a group of determined parishioners living in the Turtle Rock, University Park, and other nearby communities of Irvine came together to start a new parish. They eventually broke ground where today’s St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish stands. Many of those original founders of SEAS parish are still with us, sadly some are not. We witnessed considerable changes during those 50 years. SEAS had several priests, deacons, and even an entire community of Korean faithful who made SEAS their home for a decade or longer.
We look forward to completing the 50 year history of SEAS Irvine in a book coming our way in the next few months. Along with that we hope ALL of you join us during the coming events to celebrate our 50 Year GOLDEN Jubilee Celebration!
Elizabeth Ann Bayley was born in New York City on August 28, 1774 to a prominent Episcopal family, and lost her mother at the age of three. In 1794, at the age of 19, Elizabeth married William Magee Seton, a wealthy businessman with whom she had five children. William died of tuberculosis in 1803, leaving Elizabeth a young widow. After discovering Catholicism in Italy, where her husband had died, Elizabeth returned to the United States and entered the Catholic Church in 1805 in New York.
After a number of difficult years, Elizabeth moved in 1809 to Emmitsburg, Maryland, where she founded the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph’s, the first community for religious women established in the United States. She also began St. Joseph’s Academy and Free School, planting the seeds of Catholic education in the United States. Her legacy now includes religious congregations in the United States and Canada, whose members work on the unmet needs of people living in poverty in North America and beyond.
Mother Seton, as she is often called, was canonized on Sunday, September 14, 1975 in St. Peter’s Square by Pope Paul VI. She was the first citizen born in the United States to be given the title of “Saint.” Her remains are entombed in Emmitsburg in the Basilica at the National Shrine that bears her name.
Sponsors & Donors
It’s our 50th anniversary and such an important date in the history of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton! It’s so very special that our celebration of the anniversary of the dedication of our beautiful church will take place over many weeks, with many events, and many ways to engage. We are looking forward to you joining us!
Please prayerfully consider making a financial donation towards our Jubilee Celebration Events and help us make this a Jubilee to remember!
Please mark “SEAS 50th Golden Jubilee” on the electronic donation page.
Below, you can read letters of recognition of our 50th Jubilee Year Annivesary from our three Bishops of the Diocese of Orange: Bishop Kevin W. Vann, Auxiliary Bishop Timothy Freyer, and Auxiliary Bishop Thanh Nguyen.
The Most Reverend Kevin W. Vann
Bishop of Orange
The Most Reverend Timothy Freyer
Auxiliary Bishop of Orange
The Most Reverend Thanh Nguyen
Auxiliary Bishop of Orange
We are so grateful to have you as part of our wonderful parish family and spiritual home here at SEAS, and we are looking forward to celebrating our Golden Jubilee Anniversary with you over these next few months.
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