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A visit with St Elizabeth Ann Seton, or, what I did over my summer vacation, Part 2

A visit with St Elizabeth Ann Seton, or, what I did over my summer vacation, Part 2

A great part of my vacation this summer was visiting the Basilica of the National Shrine of St Elizabeth Ann Seton, one of my home town heroes — meaning she is originally from New York City, and famous for being the first American-born saint lifted to canonization back in 1975.

I talk about St Elizabeth on the newest episode of Among Women.  In it I describe some aspects of her life and share some of her writing.

Here’s a few photos from the Shrine in Emmitsburg, MD.

Mother Seton was a native New Yorker. When she was canonized it was a big deal in my home state.

Mother Seton was a native New Yorker. When she was canonized it was a big deal in my home state. Here we are 40 years later.

 

Front door that leads into the basilica.

Front door that leads into the basilica.

 

View of the interior.

View of the interior.

 

Also depicted, Our Lady appearing to St Catherine Laboré.

Main altar.

 

Also depicted, Our Lady appearing to St Catherine Laboré.

Also depicted in the mosaic, Our Lady appearing to St Catherine Laboré.

 

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The side altar with the relics of St Elizabeth Ann Seton.

 

A photo of an earlier time.

A photo of an earlier time of the same altar with casket.

 

A small reliquary.

A small reliquary.

 

Part of an extensive exhibit on the saint's life and works.

Part of an extensive exhibit on the saint’s life and works.

 

Outdoors.

Outdoors. This is the statue named in the banner photo above.

 

Mother Seton with bible and rosary.

Mother Seton with bible and rosary.

 

There’s much to see. You might enjoy this virtual tour. 

 

All photos Copyright 2015 Pat Gohn. All Rights Reserved.

 

Back from vacation… with a few thoughts and a few photos

Back from vacation… with a few thoughts and a few photos

Hiya!

I’ve missed you.

The blogging/podcasting/writing fast has been a healthy one for me.

As you may know, I took the last several weeks off to prep for and enjoy my daughter’s wedding, plus take some needed time off with family and friends. After launching a daughter this year, and a book, plus a DIY refinishing of a bathroom, and other pre-wedding household chores, I was in need of recharge.

So much has been going on in my life, and in the news, that it’s hard to know where to jump with a blog post today… but maybe I’ll just start with a few photos… (with promises of a new podcast, wedding photos, and thoughts about Pope Francis and World Youth Day still to come later this week!)

But first a piece of advice… If you ever have the joy of being a mother or father of the bride (or groom), be sure to make sure there are a few pennies left over from the celebration to treat yourselves to your own post-wedding vacation. You won’t regret it. After spending some time with our out of town guests following the July 4th wedding, Bob and I went to Maine. It gave us time to walk and talk, and read and rest, and to count our blessings.

Not to mention we got to do other Maine-like things that Downeast Maine is known for…

Eat lobster…

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You must wear the obligatory paper bib, Bob! (I did as well!)

And sail…

Under sail on the Olad, a schooner out of Camden, ME.

Under sail on the Olad, a schooner out of Camden, ME.

And watch the sunrise…

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Lincolnville, ME

And find a lighthouse…

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Pemaquid Point at dusk

or two…

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The light in Camden harbor.

Eat more lobstah (and say it like a native)…

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The quintessential lobstah roll

Find pretty harbors…

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New Harbor, ME

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Belfast, ME

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Camden, ME

Search for puffins…

And find lots of creative ways to do nothing… and relax…

Watching the grass grow... as we overlook Penobscot Bay.

Watching the grass grow… as we overlook Penobscot Bay.

 

I pray you are having good summer…

Thou hast fixed all the bounds of the earth;
thou hast made summer and winter.

-Psalm 74:17-

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All photos taken by me on my iPhone 4S.

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