Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, PCPA (born Rita Antoinette Rizzo on April 20, 1923) is an American Franciscan nun best known as a television personality and the founder of the Eternal Word Television Network.
In 1944, she entered the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration, a Franciscan religious order for women, as a postulant, and a year later she was admitted to the order as a novice. She went on to find a new house for the order in 1962 in Irondale, Alabama, where the EWTN is headquartered, and in 1996 she initiated the building of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady of the Angels monastery in Hanceville, Alabama.
Mother Angelica hosted shows on EWTN until she suffered a stroke in 2001. She is a recipient of the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Award granted by Pope Benedict XVI and lives in the cloistered monastery in Hanceville.
Read more about Mother Angelica: Early Childhood, Reports of Miracles, Early Adulthood and Religious Vocation, Early Religious Life, Final Vows and Leadership in The Convent, Founding of Our Lady of The Angels Monastery in Irondale, Alabama, Founding of EWTN, Founding of The Shrine of The Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama, Later Years, Papal Award, Recognition
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