Sunday, October 11, 2009

~ On My Way To Church ..... ~

Of course, a lady HAS to be appropriately attired on Sunday ... chuckle! If you ever meet me & I don't have on a hat, you won't recognize me, will you?

I thought I'd take you on a quick detour to these (3) beautiful historical areas in Emmitsburg, MD, that are both beautiful visually & deeply religious for all to enjoy. Today the (2) below I am sharing with you. Also, next door to the Fire Academy I wrote about last week, is (the 3rd) the seminary for priests.

This countryside is all farming land, right up near to the mountains (now let me tell you, these 'mountains' out here are like little knobs compared to the majestic snow capped peaks in WA ST where we are from, & many other states, but they are still quite pretty). Many fruit orchards & vineyards are nestled in these foothills.

Emmitsburg, is on the border of Maryland & Pennsylvania.

***(Please pray for Sandi @ Wayside Treasures Blog) cousins only child at ae 18 passed over today)***

The National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes is the oldest known replica of the revered French shrine, dating to about 1875 (the original Lourdes apparitions were in 1858). The Grotto has been in use since 1805 when Fr. John Dubois founded it as a place of prayer and devotion.
Mother Seton

"Elizabeth Ann Seton is a saint. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is an American. All of us say this with special joy, and with the intention of honoring the land and the nation from which she sprang forth as the first flower in the calendar of the saints. Elizabeth Ann Seton was wholly American! Rejoice for your glorious daughter. Be proud of her. And know how to preserve her fruitful heritage."

~ Pope Paul VI

Two hundred years ago, Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton founded the Sisters of Charity of Saint Joseph's, the first new community for religious women to be established in the United States. She also began Saint Joseph's Academy and Free School, the first free Catholic School for girls staffed by Sisters in the United States. Her enduring legacy now includes six religious communities with more than 5,000 members, hundreds of schools, social service centers, and hospitals throughout America and around the world. Her works led to her Canonization on Sunday, September 14, 1975, in Saint Peter's Square, by Pope Paul VI. The first citizen born in the United States to be Canonized, her remains are entombed here in the Basilica that bears her name.

The remarkable life of Elizabeth Ann Seton spans the full spectrum of human experience. She was a New York socialite, a devoted wife, a dedicated volunteer in charitable organizations, the mother of five children, a convert to Roman Catholicism, an educator, social minister, and catechist, and a spiritual leader and formator — a tireless servant of God. Her story is instrumental to understanding her ongoing legacy and enhancing your visit to the Shrine.


  1. Very beautiful and serene. What would we have done without these devoted leaders. Thank you for a truly inspirational post.

  2. Hello Maridon,
    very nice and inspiring blog you have. Got here via Aiken House and Garden.
    You Blushing Rose ladye are truly doing a great job.
    Come and pay my blog a visit at
    I'll be glad to meet you there and exchange thoughts.

  3. I know a lot about Elizabeth Ann Seton as my daughter works in a hospital run by the Daughters of Charity. And of course, I am always drawn to any shrine devoted to the Blessed Lady. This was such a perfect entry for a Sunday. Oh, and I like hats very much, only I feel a bit clumsy wearing one!

  4. Good morning Marydon,
    First, I have to say this hat is gorgeous ~ You look soo pretty and lady like on your way to church.. hahaha.. And your pics, and history lesson soo informative and interesting..Thanks for sharing and you have a happy,blessed Sunday !!
    hugs ~tea~xo

  5. Dearest Marydon,
    You look lovely in your hats!!!!!!
    Way to go!

    One day, one day very soon...I will sport a stunning wide rim hat with a taylor made outfit and go to Kansas City to the Opera! (This is a lie)
    I can dream can't I??? Haha

    Take care and God bless,

  6. Hello Marydon, very inspirational post, thank you...lovely pictures as well... and yes, I will say a special prayer for your friend... Bisous... Julie Marie PS You are not wearing a hat in your profile picture! I think I would recognize you sweet lady!

  7. Good Morning Marydon!!
    I do love your hat!! It is so Ladylike.... My grandmother always said a lady should never go out without a hat & gloves. Of course, that was way-back-when....
    Have a wonderful day!

  8. now this is the hat, you look great.

  9. My husband and girls and I visited Emmitsburg for the weekend as the guests of a seminarian we knew several years back. It was a wonderful experience and the area is just as you describe it!

  10. What a lovely and informative post! And you are rockin' that hat,Missy!

  11. You are killing me with the hats! I've not felt like taking time for the computer lately but your blog gave me a smile today! Thanks.

  12. Beautiful post today the article on Elizabeth Ann Seton. And I love your hat! you look lovely...

  13. What a wonderful blog you have here! I love that you wrote about St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. I have a special devotion to her as I am a convert, too.
    Hope you're having a restful and blessed Sunday, I will surely be back to visit again.

  14. I love your hats! You wear them well. :O)

  15. Beautiful churches Marydon. I love to see the old churches, so charming. Not like the new ones built today.
    You look fab in your Sunday go-to-meetin' hat.

  16. Love the hat! Wow, we do live very close to each other. I drive down your way pretty regularly to hit stores in Frederick and Emmitsburg. Always nice to meet a neighbor!

  17. I will have to read more about St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. It sounds like she had a very intersting life.

    FYI. Father Damien of Molokai was canonized today.
    Hugs, Sue

  18. Utterly fantastic hat! Beautiful pictures too.

  19. I've never heard of her, what a fascinating life she led! In her time she must have been quite amazing, it must have been hard for her to follow her chosen path. Love the hat, I think you belong with all the English ladies in church hats!

  20. HI!!!
    I love that you wear hats!!! A lady should always wear a hat out!!!! I only own 2 hats and a beach hat!!!Love your inspirational blog post, so much to learn about wonderful Godly people!!!

  21. Love your hat collection!! You wear them beautifully! It's kind of a shame that ladies don't bet "all dolled up" anymore. I just love all the hats worn by my mother and her family that are in pictures in my blogs. Also, lovely post, Marydon. Carol

  22. Good Morning Marydon! LOVE this hat too! (0; The photos are beautiful as always! Love seeing all the beautiful churches, and ALL the beautiful scenery you capture in your photos! ~tina

  23. Love the hat pic Marydon. So cute! Love all these churches and the beauty that surrounds them.

  24. I cherish a relic of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton within my possession........

    i turn to her example many times....

    how wonderful you got to see those historic places!!

  25. I love your are just too funny....

  26. Hi Marydon,
    You do wear hats very well. Thanks for sharing such beautiful pictures of this very lovely places. Wishing you a wonderful week.


  27. Beautiful pictures. I love your hat!

  28. Love seeing you in hats :) Thank you for sharing the beautiful countryside today.

  29. Hi,

    Enjoyed visiting your blog, hats are just right for you---so many cute ones.


  30. THe little Grotto is so pretty. Now the Seton nuns use to scare me with those habits (hats). I use to want to be a nun when I was 6 yrs old. That lasted until I met a boy named Tony V in the second grade and when I saw Nun story and they cut off all of her hair:)

  31. Very interesting post! We have a Catholic church here named Elisabeth Ann Seaton, so I enjoyed reading about her.


  32. Beautiful pictures and a very informative post. Love the hat!

  33. I LOVE the hats! THanks for sharing this post as well!
    Blessings Friend,

  34. My goodness what beautiful photo's. Really lovely. Hats are fun and wonderful aren't they.
    Enjoy your day,

  35. Love those hats
    Love your words
    Thanks for caring and sharing.
    Happy CRISP autumn day to you too.!!!Kelley

  36. Marydon, I love your hats. I love even more the absolute sheer enjoyment you get from them. You translate that so well to your blog.

    My heart breaks for your cousin. As the mother of an only child, a son, I cannot even imagine.

  37. Hello,
    What wonderful pictures.and such interesting information.
    My mama wore hats. She dearly loved them. As a teenager I always wore a hat and gloves to church on Easter. That was in the fifties.
    Thank you for visiting my blog today. Yes my Peanut is a big fella. He weighs around 18 to 20 lbs. I can hardly carry him around anymore.

    Have a wonderful evening.

  38. I am so sorry, part of my post vanished. I wanted to tell you how sorry I am for your cousin's son passing. I will certain say a prayer for the family.


  39. Hi Marydon. St Elizabeth Ann Seton is one of my favorite saints. My parish is also St Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. :) And I love Our Lady of Lourdes. My statue in my Mary Garden is of Our Lady of Lourdes. :)
    Have a wonderful evening.

  40. Hello Marydon darling, I will start this comment by telling you how much I have missed you these past few weeks. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind words and prayers. I am one lucky girl to have you as a friend; you truly are the gem in my teacup. I am now off to stroll around your blog to see what I have missed.

    I truly missed you luv
    Love & Hugs