Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
About The Emblem:
The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award recognizes the meritorious contributions of adults who serve Catholic youth through the Girl Scout and American Heritage Girls organizations. This medal affirms the work of those who help youth develop their spiritual lives within thecontext of these organizations.
The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award will ordinarily be received before the St. Ann Medal is bestowed.
The applicant should have at least five years of adult service.
This award is given under the auspices of the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry to acknowledge and celebrate outstanding contributions to the growth and development of young women in the Girl Scouts of America and the American Heritage Girls. This medal is not an award to be earned, but rather an honor one is nominated for by others. As such, all nominations should be made confidentially to the selection committee of the Diocese of Charleston Catholic Committee on Scouting.
Elizabeth Ann Seton was a wife, mother, widow, convert to Catholicism, foundress of the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph, and is now a canonized saint. After being left widowed with 5 young children at the age of 29, she was befriended by the Filicchi family where she became acquainted with Catholicism. After she converted to the faith, she established a school for girls in Baltimore and then founded the Sisters of Charity who joined in the ministry of education for girls and women. It is because of her work for education and girls that her name is invoked in the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton award.
(1)has given a minimum of five years active service to youth as an adult member.
(2) participates in activities which contribute to thespiritual development of Catholic members of nationalorganizations serving girls; e.g., retreat weekends, days of recollection, Scout Sundayobservances, etc.
(3) promotes the religious recognition programs available to Catholic members in the diocese and/orserves as a counselor.
(4) participates actively in adult spiritual motivation days.
(5) is responsible for Catholic members fulfilling their responsibility to Mass while camping.
(6) encourages the true spirit of ecumenism as well as parochial responsibility and Catholic leadershipwithin the girls' organization served.
(7) contributes other service to the parish and community.
The emblem will be presented to adults once a year at the Scout Convocation which is held on Scout Sunday at St. Joseph’s in Columbia. Bishop Guglielmone will present each adult with their award for service to Catholic Church.