Father Andrew White

Father Andrew WhiteAlso known as

  • Apostle of Maryland


Studied at the English College at Douai, France, at the College of Saint Alban’s in Valladolid Spain where he was a fellow seminarian with Saint Thomas Garnet, and in Seville, Spain. Ordained in 1605 in Douai, France. He then returned to English to minister to covert Catholics during a time of persecution. Arrested in the anti-Catholic Gunpowder Plot sweeps, and was exiled from England in 1606. Joined the Jesuits in Leuven, Belgium on 1 February 1607. Returned to England in 1609 to minister to Catholics in the south. Prefect of seminaries in Leuven and Liege, Belgium. Helped to found the colony of Mary-land in America, worked as a missionary there, and recorded the history of the region. When he landed on 25 March 1634 he celebrated Mass, making it the first Mass in the what would become the original 13 colonies. Translated catechisms into native languages. As a result of the English Civil War, soldiers from Virginia invaded Maryland, and White was again arrested for the crime of being a Catholic priest. He was sent to London in chains in 1645 – where he was charged with the capital offense of returning to England from exile; he convinced the court that it was against his will, and he was aquitted.



Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Father Andrew White“. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 September 2018. Web. 3 March 2021. <>