St. Mary’s Spiritual Center & Historic Site is unique within the history of the Catholic Church and our nation. This site was home to the first Catholic Seminary (1791), and home to the first U.S. born saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton (1808). The Chapel is the first Neo-Gothic church in the U.S., the “Chapelle Basse” (lower chapel) was the birthplace of the very first African-Americal Catholic community (1797). Currently the convent, built in 1897, is home to the offices for the site as well as St. Mary’s Spiritual Center.
The site offers visitors an exceptional opportunity to walk back in time to the early days of our nation and the beginnings of the Catholic Church in the U.S. To tour the Mother Seton House and the Historic Seminary Chapel is to walk where saints have walked, prayed, and lived. Come for a visit and be inspired by our history and the women and men who called St. Mary’s on Paca Street home!
Since 1791 the site has served the educational and spiritual needs of the City of Baltimore and beyond. The site offers a look back in time to the Federal Period of our nations history. Others who called the site home:
- Mother Mary Lange, foundress of the first congregation for women religious of color.
- Mother Therese Maxis Duchemin, foundress of the IHM Sisters in Michigan and Pennsylvania.
- Fr. Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus.
- Fr. Gabriel Richard, priest and missionary, “Second Founder of Detroit” and a founder of the University of Michigan, first Catholic priest to serve in the U.S. Congress.
- Fr. Demetrius Gallitzin, Russian prince who became priest, missionary to western Pennsylvania and is known as the “Apostle of the Alleghenies.”
– Weekdays 12 Noon to 3:30 p.m.
– Weekends: 1:00-3:00 p.m.