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The very first hospital in the New World was founded in 1580 in Mexico and dedicated to St. Martin de Porres, the patron of hospitality to the afflicted and distressed. A Catholic made the first settlement in New England, and a Catholic conducted the first religious services there. The first converts in New England were to the Catholic Faith. The first governor of New York was a Catholic. The initial act of the first legislative assembly in New York was the “Charter of Liberty” granting freedom of worship to all the citizens. Catholic priests conducted the first religious services in Virginia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, New Mexico, Arizona, Kansas and Missouri. The first record of Mass being celebrated in the present limits of the United States is in 1526, in a chapel situated on a spot that seventy-five years later was destined to become the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown. 

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