Seton, Saint Elizabeth Ann, 1774-1821, American Roman Catholic leader, usually called Mother Seton, b. Elizabeth Ann Bayley, New York City. She was the daughter of a prominent physician. Her husband, William Seton, a successful merchant, died (1803) in Italy, leaving her with five young children. Soon afterward she became (1805) a Roman Catholic. This conversion severed her from her relatives, and she started a school in New York City to support her family. In 1808, invited by Bishop Carroll, she opened a school in Baltimore, then moved (1809) to Emmitsburg, Md., already the seat of a Catholic school for boys, Mt. St. Mary's. There she opened the first Catholic free school, the beginning of American parochial education and also founded St. Joseph's College (for women). About her she formed a community of women, which soon adopted the rule of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, the great sisterhood centered in Paris. This was the first American congregation of Daughters of Charity (or Sisters of Charity). Mother Seton was superior of her community; this had grown into 20 communities before her death. She was beatified in 1963 and canonized in 1975, thereby making her the first native-born American saint. Feast: Jan. 4. Her journals, letters, and memoirs have been published.

See tr. of selected writings by E. Kelly and A. Melville (1987).

Seton, Ernest Thompson, 1860-1946, American writer and artist, b. England. His name was originally Ernest Seton Thompson. His stories and paintings of wildlife, especially Wild Animals I Have Known (1898, new ed. 1942), were standard works on nature study and wood lore for boys and girls in the first quarter of the 20th cent. In 1902 he organized the Woodcraft Indians (later the Woodcraft League), much in the spirit of the later Boy Scout movement.

See his autobiography, The Trail of an Artist-Naturalist (1940) and extracts from his journals, ed. by his widow, J. M. Seton (1967).

Seton-La Salle Catholic High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.


The required courses at Seton-La Salle include and exceed the state-mandated minimum for general education. Instruction is provided to students on three levels: Honors, Academic, and General. Students schedules are based on their own individual needs. For example, a student who is strong in Math but weak in English can be enrolled in an Honors Math course and a General English course. The grading at Seton-La Salle is more difficult than most other schools. An "A" is rewarded for work that receives a 92.5% through 100%. The school has been listed in the Top 50 Catholic High Schools in America by the Catholic High School Honor Roll.


At least 94% of SLS students are involved in at least two or more activities. These activities provide students the opportunity to develop healthy interpersonal relationships.


Seton-La Salle is a member of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) and the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) District Seven. The school competes athletically at the WPIAL "AA" level.


Baseball, Basketball (Boys & Girls), Bowling (co-ed), Cheerleading, Crew (co-ed), Cross Country (co-ed), Fencing (co-ed), Football, Golf (Boys & Girls), Lacrosse (Girls only), Soccer (Boys & Girls), Softball, Swimming (co-ed), Tennis (co-ed), and Volleyball (Boys & Girls).

List of athletic championships

  • PIAA Team Championships

Gender Sport Year(s)
Boys Basketball 1988
Girls Basketball 1984
Boys Soccer 2006

Gender Sport Year(s)
Boys Baseball 1981, 1995
Girls Basketball 1983, 1984, 2000
Boys Football 1979, 1980, 1990, 2002, 2004
Boys Soccer 2002, 2006
Girls Soccer 1988
Girls Softball 1983, 1984

New Athletic Field

Seton-La Salle Catholic High School has begun renovation of its athletic field following approval by the Catholic Diocese on May 13, 2008. Installation of a new synthetic turf field, new utilities and a new access road are currently underway. Phase I of the two phase Rebel Athletic Field Project will cost an estimated $1 million and is scheduled for completion by mid-August, 2008, in time for fall sports activities.

Seton-La Salle Catholic High School Athletic Director Brian Geyer stated, “This much-needed renovation is moving ahead quickly because parents and alumni have stepped up and taken lead roles in the project. We have raised close to $650,000. This has allowed construction of Phase I to begin and we will have a field for our young athletes to use this fall.”

Phase II of the project will consist of a field house, toilets and concession stand along with new bleachers and field lights. Phase II will be completed once sufficient funds have been received.

Once completed, the field will be used by at least 14 of the school’s athletic teams, and for physical education classes. It will also have the potential to be used by area grade school teams and for athletic camps and other community sports activities.

Notable alumni

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