America’s First Monastery: The Carmelites in Maryland (1790)


The Discalced Carmelite Nuns (O.C.D.) were the first community of women religious founded in the thirteen United States proper, arriving at Charles County, Maryland, in 1790. It was also the first Roman Catholic monastery in the new nation. Four Carmelite Nuns, Bernardina Matthews (along with her nieces Mary Eleanora and Mary Aloysia Matthews) and Clare Joseph Dickinson. All of [Read More...]

“True National Honor”: A Sermon by Cardinal James Gibbons (1834-1921)

Cardinal Gibbons

TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST.  “CHRIST THE ONLY ENDURING NAME IN HISTORY AND THE GREAT REFORMER OF SOCIETY.” Matt. xxiv., 15-35. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” Jesus Christ is the only vital and enduring name in history. He exerts today a paramount influence on the political and social, [Read More...]

From Banker to Priest: Father Oliver Jenkins, S.S. (1813-1869)


On October 31st in the year 1848, Father Oliver L. Jenkins, Deacon Edward Caton, and four students arrived at an unfinished building on the Fredrick Turnpike in Maryland’s Howard County. Here, one historian notes, Father Jenkins “established himself, in the midst of poverty and hardship, as the president of St. Charles College.” According to its charter, [Read More...]