Mother Angelica, foundress of EWTN, dies on Easter

Word Television Network shows Mother Mary Angelica

Word Television Network shows Mother Mary Angelica

EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Michael Warsaw said: "Mother has always and will always personify EWTN, the network that God asked her to found".

In recent years, the OH native suffered health problems, including a stroke in 2001 that left her with limited speaking capabilities.

In Irondale, Mother Angelica's vision took form and her distinctive approach to teaching the Catholic Faith led to parish talks, the publication of pamphlets and books, then radio and television opportunities. She entered the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration monastery in Cleveland at age 21 and joined other nuns at a new monastery in Alabama in 1962, thanks to the approval of Bishop Thomas Toolen, leader of the Mobile-Birmingham Diocese.

With only $200 in the bank, she began broadcasting her show out of that rural Alabama garage in the southern U.S. The network shows 24-hour programming in more than 144 countries. In founding our Community, Mother Angelica imbued our manner of life with her own profound love for the Real Presence, devotion to Our Lady and the spirituality of St. Francis.

Mother Angelica, who died at 92 on Easter Sunday in her monastery in Alabama, was known worldwide as the founder and face of EWTN, the Eternal Word Television Network.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley said in a statement Sunday "On this Easter Sunday, it is only fitting that the Lord chose today to call home one of his humble servants, Mother Angelica".

Although ill health prevented her from appearing on her "Mother Angelica Live" show towards the end of her life, old episodes continued to be broadcast.

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EWTN said four days of memorial events at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Ala., would culminate in a Christian burial mass on Friday.

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