Series 2: Papers of Mother Mary Margaret of the Angels Brent
Scope and Contents
Mother Mary Margaret of the Angels Brent (1731-1784) was the American-born daughter of Robert and Mary Brent; she was also a second cousin of Reverend Charles Neale who was one of the founders of the first American Carmel. As a young woman Mary felt the call to religious life. Because the colonial government of Maryland did not allow the establishment of Roman Catholic communities, however, it was necessary for her to travel to Europe in order to enter religious life. In 1752, Mary made her profession in the English-speaking Carmel at Antwerp, the Low Countries. From then, until her death in 1784, Mother Mary Margaret Brent fulfilled a number of offices there; in the last six years of her life she served as prioress. Together with Charles Neale and Mother Bernardina Matthews of Hoogstraet Carmel who were also Americans, she helped to plan the first American foundation of "Teresians." Because her death intervened, she has the distinction of being the only American of the original group who did not fulfill the dream; it is for this reason that her papers are kept in the Records of the Carmels of the Low Countries and Continent.
This series comprises papers and correspondence written or copied by Mother Mary Margaret Brent during her years at Antwerp. They include poetry, spiritual advice, and some correspondence, mostly written in the 1770s and 1780s. Brief biographies, one a copy of a document preserved at Ghent, are also included in the series.
Arranged chronologically, and within subseries.
- Majority of material found in 1750-1950
From the Record Group: 1.5 linear feet