Experience the Life and Legacy
of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
Let the footsteps of the past create a better understanding of today's journey...
A place of retreat and inspiration, the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, located in Emmitsburg, Maryland, promotes the life and legacy of the first native-born United States Saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, as a source of inspiration and encouragement for all people.
Every day we welcome visitors into the Basilica, Visitors Center, Museum and historical buildings and grounds where Mother Seton lived, worked, died, and is now buried. We hope you will be one of those visitors soon!
Miracles Amid the Firestorm Civil War Tour
Tour our grounds with a living historian and learn how the war that divided our nation came to Emmitsburg. Learn how 40 years after Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton’s death, her home was the site of a Union encampment and also served as the location for a war council to prepare for the battle of Gettysburg. Hear real-life accounts of miracles on the battlefields as witnessed by Sisters and Daughters of Charity who nursed the soldiers during the Civil War.
Civil War Tours: April - November, Fridays and Saturdays at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm
*$5 suggested donation per person
Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin Concert, June 17, 6:30 p.m.
This FREE concert will feature the 30-member choir under the direction of Patrick Gorman which has won numerous awards including an award for excellence at the 1993 National Association of Pastoral Musicians Choral Festival and Competition. The choir has performed for Masses and concerts throughout the Midwestern United States, Spain, Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Ireland. The choir performs Catholic heritage music with the compositions of today.
Heritage Days, June 28-30
The town of Emmitsburg will hold its annual Community Day on Saturday, June 29. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, The Shrine has expanded the one day festival to be a three-day event from June 28-June 30. We will hold many events on our grounds including our Miracles Amid the Firestorm tour, living historians, Civil War era vendors/crafts, a 150th Commemoration Concert by the Williamsport Band and the Metropolitan Detroit Chorale on Sunday, June 30 at 4 p.m. For more information on these events contact Bridgett Bassler at 301-447-6606.
Visitor Center & Basilica Hours
10:00 am - 4:30 pm every day
Historic Houses & Grounds: Tuesday - Sunday on the hour, 10 am to 3pm
Civil War: Fridays and Saturdays at 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm
Mass & Confessions
1:30 Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Confessions heard after each Mass.