St. Elizabeth Ann Seton altar at St. Patrick's CathedralThe new Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral interweaves memory, art and technology to commemorate both the saint and 200 years of service of the Sisters of Charity of New York. “It’s a great blessing for the Cathedral to honor Saint Elizabeth and the remarkable work that the Sisters of Charity have done over the years,” says Monsignor Robert T. Ritchie, Rector of Saint Patrick’s, America’s most prominent Catholic church.

The shrine features antique and newly commissioned statuary and stonework with custom metalwork and lighting. The work of religious architecture firm DCAKMSA, the shrine preserves the past and celebrates the new. The 19th-century altar was designed by the Cathedral’s original architect, James Renwick Jr. and anchors the statuary and high relief panels of Sister Margaret ‘Peggie’ Beaudette, S.C. Sister Peggie was a devoted teacher and renowned sculptor whose artwork for the Shrine was her last commission before her death on March 12, 2017.

Sr. Margaret working on sculpturesThe Shrine is the beneficiary of community support under the leadership of Sister Jane Iannucelli, President of the Sisters of Charity of New York. An ardent admirer of the sculptor, Sr. Jane said, “The Shrine, featuring the great work of Sister Peggie, pays tribute in our bicentennial year to the mission and charism of our congregation. Since the arrival of the Sisters in 1817, under the guidance of Saints Vincent de Paul, Louise deMarillac and Elizabeth Ann Seton, we continue to work with and for all in need, especially those living in poverty.”

Just as 19th century immigrants gave lovingly of the little they had to build St. Patrick’s Cathedral, constructing the Cathedral’s new Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton depends on the generous gifts of those who honor the Sisters’ 200 years of mission and dedication.

The Sisters of Charity of New York warmly invite you to share in a unique opportunity to honor or memorialize individuals or families within Saint Partick’s Cathedral, America’s most renown Catholic Church. Your gift will commemorate the 200th anniversary and secure a permanent place for those you name at the New Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton within the Cathedral.

For more details download the brochure or call Anne Marie Gardiner, Director of Development, at 718-549-9200, Ext. 239, or contact her by email at

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