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...]