St. Mary’s Parish will celebrate the 375th anniversary of the founding of the Piscataway Catholic Community, on Sunday, July 5th, 2015. The community’s history dates to the Baptism of the Piscataway Chief Kittamaquund by Fr. Andrew White, S.J., on July 5th, 1640. This event occurred in what would become the territory of the Parish, the only Parish that bears the name of the tribe. The Parish recently commissioned and mounted a 17-foot high painting of this historic event, which graces the main church.

The July 5th event will include a visit from the Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, and a Native American Indian Festival.

Event Time: Noon to 5pm

Event Location: Main church & main soccer field,  St. Mary’s of Piscataway Catholic Church, 13401 Piscataway Road, Clinton, MD 20735

Event Contact: 301-292-0527

For more information:

Contact: Bill Keimig, Director of Religious Education; Head of Committee for the 375th Anniversary Celebration, St. Mary’s of Piscataway Catholic Church


Further reading:


Piscataway Indians: The Catholic Encyclopedia


Kittamaquund, Tayac of the Piscataway (d. 1641): Archives of Maryland


The American Mission: Maryland Jesuits from Andrew White to John Carroll:  Georgetown University Library


Daughters of Princess Mary Kittamaquund

Margaret Brent (ca. 1601-ca. 1671): Maryland History Leaflet No. 1

St. Mary’s Catholic Church -Prince George’s County. Historic Site Summary Sheet. Survey #: P.G. #84-10

 Piscataway Timeline  

1550           Piscataway Tayac governed c. 7,000 people between Potomac and Patuxent Rivers

1608           John Smith explored the Potomac River; Piscataway welcomed him with kindness

1622           Powhatan Indians attacked at least 31 Virginia settlements along the James River

1623           Virginia colonists attacked Moyaone, killing many and burning houses and corn

1634           Piscataway Tayac Wannas permitted Leonard Calvert to establish St Mary’s City

1640           Piscataway Tayac Kittamaquund was baptized by Jesuit Father Andrew White

1644           Wahocasso succeeded as Tayac, who was succeeded by Uttapoingassenem in 1658, who was succeeded by Wannasapapin in 1662, who was succeeded by Nattowasso (son of Wahocasso—breaking the tradition of matrilineal succession) in 1663

1666           Facing increasing encroachments by European settlers, the Piscataway petitioned the Maryland council, saying: “We can flee no further.  Let us know where to live, and how to be secured for the future from the hogs and cattle.”

1695           Maryland Governor Francis Nicholson “advised the council to find a way of depriving Indians beyond Mattawoman Creek of their lands, in order to ‘occasion a greater quantity of Tobacco to be made.’”

1697           Piscataway Tayac Ochotomaquath and about 400 others fled to northern Virginia; then they allied with the Iroquois in 1701 and moved to Pennsylvania.

1699           Maryland colonists estimated Piscataway military strength at 80-90 warriors