Sunday, March 27, 2016

Mother Angelica RIP April 20, 1923 - March 27, 2016

Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation
April 20, 1923 - March 27, 2016

Today at 5PM, Easter Sunday, Mother Angelica, the founder of EWTN has passed away in the Lord. Arguably one of the most influential figures of American Catholicism and beyond, will long be remembered for the founding of EWTN along with her wit, humor and wisdom which she often displayed on her television show, 'Mother Angelica Live'. Mother founded EWTN in 1980 and went live on August 15th, 1981. The network now reaches 250 million viewers in 140 countries and is the largest religious media network in the world. It is a fitting day for Mother to pass away into the arms of the Lord on this Easter Sunday. She is one of the few bright lights to have graced the television airwaves in our time.

Mother was born in Canton, Ohio, entered The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration in 1944, and later founded a new house for the order in 1962, in Irondale Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham. EWTN headquarters is now at that location. While traveling in Bogata in 1995, she had revelation to build a shrine honoring Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. In 1996 this inspiration was realized when groundbreaking began in Hanceville Alabaman where The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament was founded. The sisters moved there in 1999. For many years she hosted her show, 'Mother Angelica Live' which has never truly been replaced. In 2000 she handed over control of EWTN to a board of laymen and in 2001 she suffered a stroke. Throughout Mother's life she suffered from various illnesses and health issues, yet always demonstrating courage in carrying her cross for Christ.

I have not had the privilege to meet Mother, but I have enjoyed the many fruits she has given us from her efforts to bring the Gospel over the airwaves of EWTN. After my conversion to the Catholic faith EWTN was on my television all hours of the day. I have also had the pleasure of visiting both the shrine and EWTN headquarters and they have always been memorable experiences. Although I believe her to be a Saint, say a prayer for her repose over the coming days. Her funeral will be on Friday April 1st. EWTN will be running a series of programs honoring her memory. To learn more about her incredible story, grab a copy of her biography.


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Steve Dalton said...

It's a pity that the people who took over EWTN have kissed the rings of the bishops that despised her, and allowed frauds like Mike Shea to have a platform to teach stuff Mother would've denounced in no uncertain terms. I hope the nuns in her order stage a coup to recover it from them.

croixmom said...

Thank you for this wonderful tribute to Mother Angelica.
I too am a convert. It was programming on EWTN that helped catechize me.
When our daughter was very young, the EWTN programming targeted for children in the late afternoons was when we would turn on the TV.

I confess that over the past 7 years, we have not relied so much on EWTN for a few reasons. One was that we were able to attend a daily Latin Mass, so no longer viewed the daily Mass on EWTN. And then because we dropped our paid programming from cable or satellite, no longer were able to easily view on the TV....

I pray that the wonderful mission Mother Angelica started, will continue to convert souls and serve God.