Elizabeth Seton, a devoted Episcopalian, discovered the Roman Catholic Church during a visit to Italy, where she and her husband had gone in hopes of easing his tuberculosis. But he died and she found solace from the priests there. She returned to the U.S., made a formal conversion and in 1809 founded the Sisters of Charity, the first homegrown convent; she was canonized in 1975, the first U.S.-born saint. (iconographer unknown)

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