Mother Angelica, founder of EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network), will be remembered in a memorial Mass at the monastery where she began her vocation as a Poor Clare of Perpetual Adoration in Cleveland.
Mother Angelica, as she was known to millions of viewers across the world, passed away from natural causes at the age of 92 on Easter Sunday, March 27.
She was born in Canton in 1923. At the age of 21, she entered the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration monastery in Cleveland. A special memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Paul’s Shrine, home of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 27. The shrine is located at 4108 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.
Baptized Rita Rizzo, she took the name Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation when she entered the monastery. She was later known to the millions she reached via radio and television as Mother Angelica.
She began the worldwide EWTN in 1981 in Birmingham, Alabama with $200 and a make-shift studio in a converted garage. The network now reaches 264 million homes in 144 countries.
Pope Francis offered a special blessing for Mother Angelica following her death, expressing his confidence that she is already in heaven. “She’s in heaven,” said the Pope as he pointed to the sky while speaking to members of EWTN’s Rome bureau, who brought an image of the late Poor Clare nun to his March 30 general audience as a sign of affection and remembrance.