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New living history tour at Seton Shrine

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A new living history tour, titled “Catherine Comes Home,” will be available beginning July 1 at the Seton Shrine, 339 South Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, Md.

On this tour, visitors will step back in time to 1842 and join Catherine Seton, the youngest daughter of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton as she interacts with old friends and explores her childhood home for the first time in 21 years.

In 1842, Catherine Seton returned home to Emmitsburg, which she had left 21 years earlier after her mother’s death. During the intervening decades, Catherine traveled the world and lived an extravagant, pampered life. Yet nothing seemed to satisfy her.

At the height of her restlessness, Catherine decided to visit her childhood home. In this living history tour, you’ll join Catherine on her visit to Emmitsburg, where memories of her life with her mother and the Sisters of Charity come flooding back.

“We’re excited to roll out this new living history tour,” said Rob Judge, executive director of the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. “On the tour, visitors will walk throughout our sacred grounds and explore our historic sites while they accompany Catherine on her visit.  They’ll see Catherine reunite with old friends, and hear about the life of Elizabeth Ann Seton, the obstacles she and her fledgling community encountered, and how their faith helped them overcome their struggles.”


If you go

The tour takes place Sundays in July and August at 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. People may sign up ahead of time at setonshrine.org or call 301/447-6004. Walk-ins welcome.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2018