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i3 L',rH0hC juLY 2z, ,! Bernardina took her WORLD WIDE OPTICAl, place as leader, and - * "-..-z : _ . .z. "" 622lAsher Ave. Neale suggested that K- Mart Shpg Cir. Sr. Clare Joseph join :: -" Little R0ek, AR .~.. .'.. ..1,~/~,'.. ".r .~ -~:~.~.~.~~.~~~,.,,... ~ :.- :/I -"';,'11 -'-/ .. ~-" the Hoogstraeten ....... ,.. . - -- 568-0021 " ;:" --' ,I '- SisterSture. in their ven- ..,- iii " " - ." The sea voyage ' .~.~. i'.?. . ..... 2 III from the Nether- .......... -. "" SEE THE G"EAT PASSION PLAY & STAY lands to America .... -",.._:--- .... :'-;< -', ::.--- took two and a hMf - | ,".' ....... AT KELLER S COUNTRY DORM RESORT months. The group " ' ( For Groups of 12 or more ) Eureka Springs, Arkt Air -Conditioned Lodging, Swimming, $9 tickets, of six, dressed in ---~ ". "~",...~.~.~" ,- Grilled Burger Cookout, and Breakfast. All for $24 secular clothes, left each ! Call 501 / 253-8418 today I ' Sketch of first American Carmel, 1790 790 1990 Europe on May 1, .. 1790, aboard a frig- ate called "The Brothers." A long, unexpected detour of political and religious conflict in f On July 11, 1790, a weary group of brought them to Tenerife in the Ca-Maryland. During the last quarter of the our discalced Carmelite nuns arrived nary Islands where they remained from 18th century, the American Declaration Brent's Landing on the Potomac May23-28. Although they suffered from of Independence and Constitution . Ver in Charles County, Maryland,sea sickness, discomfort and poor, finally stated religious freedom as part United States of America. These women scanty food, they landed safely in New of the national ethos, and, in principle, Were the spiritual descendants of the York on July 2, 1790, and arrived at their this right was assured. So it was that !irst hermits who lived on Mt. Carmel final destination in Charles County, Rev. Ignatius Matthews, SJ, brother of in Palestine during the 12th and 13th Maryland by sloop nine days later Mother Bernardina, could summon the aturies; they were also imbued with The first Anglo-American Carmelitess!sters from Belgium to come home: spirit of St. Teresa of Avila, the great were met at "Brent's Landing by Bobby Now is your time to found in this 10th century mystic and reformer of Brent, nephew of Mother Mary Marga-country, for peace is declared and reli- arrnel. Three of the four women were ret Brent, and Ignatius Matthew.s, gion is free" The life of Carmel - a life aughters of a Maryland Catholic family nephew of Mother Bernardina and of deep prayer, solitude, compassion .Who had struggled for freedom andbrother of the two younger nuns. After and solidarity with the poor and op- dependence during the American eight days they moved to their tempo- pressed of the world- was taking root; ReVolution. rary home, Chandler s Hope, the it would be thoroughly watered and TAnn Matthews (Mother Bernardina family estate of Rev. Charles Neale, near would flourish in service to the people .eresaofSLJoseph), SusannaMatthewsPort Tobacco, Maryland. On July 21 of God and the Church in the U.S. (St M .ary Eleanora of St. Francis Xavier) (Foundation Day), they began Carrne- The Carmelite Nuns of Little Rock, el Ann Teresa Matthews (Sr. Mary lite life in' e U.S., a new c0 nmunity living at 7201 W. 32nd St., stem from in an infant Church in a new nation, the Carmel of Loretto, PA, which in Oil and the first community of religious turn was founded directly from France. _ July 21 (Foundatmn women of any religious order in what They share in the joy of this bicenten- I)a ,. Y), they began Carmelite then comprised the United States of nial year, a time of celebration and of fromMemphls1990 the U.S. pep tYsia of the Blessed Trinity) had all their homeland and entered the arrael of Hoogstraeten, Belgium. " Other Bernardina was returning to her fative Maryland as prioress of the first eendation, accompanied by her two es. The fourth sister was Clare JOse ~. ph of the Sacred Heart (Frances tckenson), an Enlishwoman from the of Antwe4. Other companions th sjourney were Jesuit Priests, Rev. Neale and Rev. Robert Plunkett. eale served as chaolain to the sisters, Plu - - - ,, nkett was soon to become me urstr . sity, p es~dent of Georgetown Untver- so _e arrival of Carmelite nuns on the o., them Maryland shores was both '~traina " Yeal, tlon and fulfillment of long th. s given to hooe and planning for "'~ est~ -- .... 13 o " bhshment ofrehgious hfe in the ttlte'r)ginal colonies, which then consti- Qk tl the new nation of America. It was `trIes Neale's cousin, Mother Mary alio et of the Angels (Mary Brent), h0.. Maryland woman, who had as confessor in 1780. Plans for Undation proceeded, but Mother Margaret'died in 1784. Mother 7 ~. ? -. America. gratitude for all Carmelites in the U.S. The end of the long journey to (The greater part of this article was pre- America was also a beginning. The pared by Sr. Colette Ackerman in 1986. It Maryland colony had been founded inwas requested by the Discalced Carmelite 1634, by English settlers, some of whom Friars, Rome, Italy, for their History Project. were Catholics seeking religious frqe- B is reprinted here from "Carrot 200" with dom. These few Catholic families, of- permission by the Editors.) ten at great cost and risk, preserved their faith through a century and a half Guido Maronglu & Frank D. 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