Weekend Words to remember 9/11

FAITH, HOPE, LOVE in wooden block letters

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4

I took this photo in August 2013, the only time I have ever visited New York City. I created this graphic with the YouVersion Bible App, download on the App Store 

Church of Our Lady of the Rosary
Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Manhatten, New York

Through the efforts of Charlotte Grace O’Brien, this church was originally established as a mission for female Irish immigrants coming to America during the late 19th century.

Elizabeth Ann Seton occupies a unique place in the history of the Catholic Church in the United States. She established the first free Catholic school for girls in the nation and founded the first American congregation of religious sisters, the Sisters of Charity.  In 1975 she became the first American-born saint to be canonized by the Vatican.
Above the entrance looking out over New York harbor, is a white marble statue of Mother Elizabeth Seton sculpted by Robert E. Gaspari.  Francis Cardinal Spellman dedicated the shrine on September 8, 1965.

In 2015, the Parish of the Our Lady of the Rosary was merged back into St Peter’s Parish to form St Peter -Our Lady of the Rosary Parish.


Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Matthew 5:4 , NIV

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Matthew 5:4 is one of the Beatitudes, from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Other posts in this series include –

How to satisfy hunger and thirst

The surprising blessing of discomfort

How to be blessed, happy, and healthy

Author: Aletha Cress Oglesby, M.D.

I am a family physician who loves to write about the HEART of HEALTH. On my blog, Watercress Words, I inform and inspire us in healthy living. My ideas come from my training, experiences, medical practice, personal life, and medicine in the media. There's always something new and interesting to explore in the world of health and medicine.

3 thoughts on “Weekend Words to remember 9/11”

  1. My ancestors came over from Ireland through Ellis Island. I’ll have to mention this church to my mom. I’d be curious whether she knows about this church’s history as a mission to female Irish immigrants in the late 19th Century.

    Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.


    1. You’re welcome. It was a unique site, this quaint church flanked by skyscrapers. I wished I had time to visit it. The history I read online was interesting, and it would be fascinating to hear from someone who had a personal connection. Let me know what you learn from your mother.


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