Maryland

This year, 25 March marks 385 years since Fr Andrew White and his companions landed on St Clement’s Island on the Potomac River, Maryland. This date marks the birth of the colony of the Province of Maryland and the anniversary is celebrated annually state-wide as Maryland Day.White was born in London in 1579 and began his formal education at 14 at the English College at Douai. He entered the English seminary in Valladolid, Spain, in 1595, and was ordained at Douai in 1605. He returned to...
The Jesuit presence in Maryland dates back to the arrival of English settlers in the area now known as St Mary’s City on the Potomac River in 1634. Among the first group of 320 settlers to arrive on 25th March 1634 was an English Jesuit, Fr Andrew White SJ, and his companions who established the Maryland Mission. Maryland was erected as a Province in its own right in 1833. Today the Province encompasses an area covering nine states on the eastern seaboard of the United States. In this blog post...