In 1790 four Carmelite nuns came from Hoogstraeten in the Austrian Netherlands — modern day Belgium — to establish a monastery in Port Tobacco, Maryland. This was the first women’s religious community established within the United States of America. For three of these women, however, this was also a homecoming, since they were members of the prominent Mathews family — one of the original Catholic families to settle in Maryland in the 1630s.
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Truly the cradle of Catholicism in the United States is here in Maryland. St. Mary City, St. Clement Island, Port Tobacco, Whitemarsh, Doughoregan, and of course Baltimore. Join us on pilgrimage to southern Maryland, Baltimore, Annapolis, and some key sites in northern Virginia.
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