St. Elizabeth Ann Seton has a rich and colorful past. Many dedicated parishioners have given their time, talents, and financial resources to build and develop this parish into a vibrant and dynamic community that reaches out far beyond its boundaries. It is a community of people who has come together and built a body of Christ in our parish. People who govern, teach, and sacrifice; people who reach out to the poor, the sick and the disenfranchised; people who lift their hearts and voices in praise and worship each liturgy. They have worked, sacrificed, laughed, cried and prayed together, creating a common history and heritage that is an essential element of their identity, a truly catholic community.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish came into being on February 28, 1976. The parish, founded during the Bicentennial Year, was named in memory of the first native-born American to be canonized. Projected growth patterns in the Plano area prompted the Diocese of Dallas to establish a parish in what was then northwest Plano.
Mass was celebrated for the first time on Palm Sunday, April 11, 1976 at Haggard Middle School. This school became “home" for almost two years. The parish site was purchased by the Diocese of Dallas on February 20, 1976 and groundbreaking for Phase I was held on April 24, 1977. Mass was celebrated for the first time in the Religious Education building on Palm Sunday, 1978. Ground breaking for Phase II, the Sanctuary, took place on May 17, 1980 and our first Sunday Liturgy in the new church was November 8, 1981. The church was dedicated by Bishop Thomas Tschoepe on October 10, 1982.
Our parish community began with under 100 families and has grown in the last 40 years to exceed 4500 families! During that time we have given birth to two Catholic Communities, Prince of Peace Catholic Church split off from us in 1991 and most recently, in December 2000, Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church.
Due to ever increasing growth we have also begun to expand our parish home. After months of planning, in which several hundred parishioners participated in, discerning the future needs of our parish and what type of facility would best reflect the character and interests of our parish, a development plan was conceived. Phase one began to become reality on September 12, 2004 when ground was broken for a new activity and education building half a block away at 3100 W. Spring Creek. It was formally dedicated by Bishop Grahman named the Seton Faith Formation Center at our 30th Anniversary Mardi Gras Celebration on February 28, 2006.
On the first Sunday in Lent, March 1, 2009, ground was broken for the Seton Columbarium and Garden. On All Souls Day in 2009, the initial phase was completed and was consecrated.
Since then it has gradually been developing. The garden has been added to and enhanced. In 2013, a fountain featuring a statue of the Archangel Raphael and Tobias on the Lone Rose of Guadalupe was added at the entrance of the Memory Garden. Statues of the Mourning Mother, The Good Shepherd, and St. Thomas have also been added. The garden was completed on All Souls Day, 2015 with the addtion of a mosaic of the Madonna of Consolation to the wall behind the Gazebo.
Over the last several years we have been renovating the Parish Activity Center. The classroons have been freshened up with paint and new flooring, the bathrooms remodeled, a Bride's Room added. Two rooms were combined and redecorated to make a large gathering space suitalbe for large meetings and small receptions. We call it the Seton Room. We are just completing a full remodeling of the Parish Hall and kitchen. Both will now be much more functional for the way they are now being used. No longer does the Parish Hall look like a gym. It has state of the art lighting and sound, new flooring and custom woodwork. The kichen is now a fully functioning caterer's commercial kitchen.
Over the years we have been served by: 3 bishops: Bishop Thomas Tschoepe until 1990 , Bishop Grahman 1990 -2007, and Bishop Kevin J. Farrel, 2007-present.
5 Pastors: Msgr. Leon Duesman, 1976-1984; Msgr. Glenn Duff Gardner, 1984-1992; Rev. John Libone, 1992-1997; Msgr. Henry V. Petter, 1997-2011 ([Fr. Henry Installed as Monsignor by Bishop Charles Grahmann, assisted by Deacon Jack Guilino, Sunday, May 1, 2005), Rev. Bruce Bradley, 2011-Present.
15 Parochial Vicars: Rev. Henry Petter, 1980-1982; Rev. Robert Coerver, 1982-1985; Rev. Art Mallison, 1985-1988; Rev. Mark Link, 1983-1987; Rev. Michael Dugan, 1988-1992; Rev. Bob Shortall, 1985-2006; Rev. Fred Sidler, 1992-1994; Rev. Timothy Heines, 1994-1997; Rev. Paul Barrus, 1997-2000; Rev. Tim Church, 1998-1999; Rev. Andrew Semler, 2000-2004; Rev. Anthony Densmore, 2004-2008; Rev. Jason B. Cargo, 2008-2010; Rev. John M. Szatkowski, 2010-2012; Rev. Reuben Chen, 2012-Present; Fr. Jose Pazheveettil, MST, 2012-2014; Rev. Martin Martin Mwangi, 2014-Present, Fr. Russ Mower, 2015-2016
Priests who have been In Residence: Rev. Michael Forge and Rev. Paul Barrus, Rev. Philip Postell, Weekend AssociateMsgr. Leon Duesman, 2012-Present