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Camino of Maryland Weekend 1
2 days - 27 Miles

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Saturday, June 15-Sunday, June 16. Walk the Weekend Camino 1 (2 days-27 mi.). Start at St. Mary's Newport in Charlotte Hall, Maryland, and end at St. Joseph's Pomfret in Pomfret, Maryland.

St. Mary’s was established in 1674 by two Franciscan priests, Fr. Basil Hobart and Fr. Polycarp Wickstead, the only Franciscan parish in the thirteen colonies. This part of Charles County was inhabited by numerous devoted Catholic families, who played a vital role in the early colonial history of this locality and were instrumental in shaping the religious landscape of the region. Many of those families still reside in the parish today!

    St. Joseph Parish in Pomfret, Maryland was founded in 1763 by Father George Hunter, S.J.  Life for these early Catholics was very difficult; they were not permitted to practice their faith and were tormented unmercifully until 1777.  Manor houses were approved for housing the priest and chapels were permitted in cemeteries, solely for the purpose of conducting services for the dead.  In St. Joseph’s cemetery there is a large stone marker topped with a cross where such a chapel stood.  In these difficult years, wealthier Catholics constructed an additional room onto their houses where Mass could be conducted; in more modest homes the Sacraments were offered in whatever space was available.  These homes where Mass and Catholic worship was active, but underground were known as "stations".  Surrounding St. Joseph’s area there were seven such stations.

Daily Itinerary: Weekend 1

DAY 6: Saturday, June 15, 2024 (16.3 miles)

 

St. Mary’s Newport Church

11555 St. Mary’s Church Rd.

Charlotte Hall, MD 20622

(Mass at 8:00 am)

Waypoint 1:

St. Ignatius - Chapel Point

8855 Chapel Point Rd.

Point Tobacco, MD 20646

End of Day 6:

Sacred Heart Church

201 St. Mary’s Ave.

La Plata, MD 20646

DAY 7: Sunday, June 16, 2024 (10.5 miles)

 

Sacred Heart Church

201 St. Mary’s Ave.

La Plata, MD 20646

(Mass at 7:00 am)

Waypoint 1:

Mount Carmel Monastery

5678 Mount Carmel Rd.

La Plata, MD 20696

 

End of Day 7:

St. Joseph’s Pomfret Catholic Church

4590 St. Joseph’s Way

Pomfret, MD 20675

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