Learn the story of Mother Teresa of Jesus from the first Carmel in Maryland: a relative of Francis Scott Key, author of the Star-Spangled Banner, and the daughter of Clement Sewall, famed in the history of Georgetown.
When a smallpox epidemic broke out in Baltimore in the closing months of the year 1882, many persons begged the Discalced Carmelite nuns to pray for an end to the calamity. The nuns chanted the now-famous prayer, Stella Caeli Extirpavit to Our Lady, for help in time of pestilence.
Mother Clare Joseph Dickinson, one of the foundresses of the Teresian Carmel in North America, kept a journal of their journey from Holland to New York and Maryland. They set sail on 25 April 1790 from Texel, Holland bound for New York.
Mother Teresa of Jesus (Juliana Sewall) was a near relative of Francis Scott Key, author of the "Star-Spangled Banner," and she had strongly imbibed the patriotic spirit of her family