of Mother's Home at
Our Lady of the Angels Monastery
By 1976, Mother Angelica had written 50 booklets and
recorded 150 audio cassette teaching tapes. But that was only the
beginning of what the Lord would do through her.
When Mother Angelica was given the opportunity to make video tape
programs for television, she realized the impact television could have
in spreading the Faith. Converting a planned garage behind the
monastery into a television studio, Mother Angelica founded the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). EWTN began airing
programs on August 15, 1981 via satellite to cable companies and home
In 1992, Mother Angelica founded WEWN to broadcast Catholic programs
world-wide via short-wave radio, inspired by the prophecy of Revelation
14:6 — "Then I saw another Angel, flying high overhead, sent to
announce the Good News of Eternity to all who live on the earth, every
nation, race, language, and tribe."
Pray the The Holy Rosary with
Mother Angelica and the Nuns of Our Lady of the
Links EWTN - Eternal Word Television
Family" to audio archives of Mother Angelica Live,
you will also find various information about Mother and EWTN.
Audio Archives of Mother Angelica Live
- 1993 - 1994
- 1995 - 1996
- 2000 - 2001
- Date of Birth: April 20, 1923
- Rita Antoinette Rizzo
- Place of Birth: Canton, Ohio
- On August 15, 1944, Rita Antoinette Rizzo became
- On November 8, 1945, Rita was invested as a Poor
Clare Nun of Perpetual Adoration. She wore a white wedding gown
made by her Aunt Rose. She also received a new name and title:
Sister Mary Angelica of the Annunciation.
- On January 2, 1947 Sister Mary Angelica made her
first holy profession of vows. The day of her first vows was what
some would call a "disaster."
- On January 2, 1953, Sister Angelica made her solemn
profession of vows. After over seven years of religious life, she
made this final commitment to God and to her Community.
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EWTN - Eternal Word Television
- 2001 Doctor of Communications Ave Maria
College, Ypsilanti, Michigan
- 1992 Doctor of Communications Quincy College,
- 1988 Doctor of Law St. John’s University, Jamaica,
- 1988 Doctor of Humane Letters St. Charles
Seminary, Overbrook, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- 1986 Doctor of Religious Education Providence
College, Providence, Rhode Island
- 1984 Doctor of Letters University of St. Thomas,
- 1983 Doctor of Sacred Theology University of
Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio
- As Mother Angelica has reminded us so often, the
history of EWTN "isn't what we've done, it's how we've done it." Giving
all the credit to Divine Providence, Mother didn't have a business plan
when she powered up the first transmitter in 1981.
- Given its humble beginnings, few predicted EWTN
would survive, let alone become the world’s largest religious media
Network. With no television experience and $200 in the bank, Mother
Angelica began EWTN in her monastery garage. Over the years, with trust
in God's Providence, EWTN has grown to reach millions of souls around
the world, bringing them the Eternal Word.
- During those first few years of EWTN, many in the
secular world did not know what to make of the first Catholic TV
Network. Headlines from the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal
called EWTN "A Heavenly Network," and "A New TV Habit." But as the news
media and the Network’s growing number of devoted viewers soon
realized, EWTN was not just another channel. It was and is so much
- As more visitors began coming to the Monastery and
to the television network, Mother Angelica realized the need for holy
priests to hear Confessions, celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass,
and give spiritual talks. In response to this need, she founded the Franciscan
Missionaries of the Eternal Word, an Order of priests and brothers
who live a Franciscan, Eucharistic life dedicated to bringing souls
back to the Church.
- In 1987 EWTN began broadcasting 24 hours-a-day, with
a new emphasis on live events. As the Network began to cover papal
visits and other Church events, EWTN made a commitment to provide
extensive coverage of ceremonies from the Vatican that no other
television network was willing to do. The Network also added to its
lineup beatifications and canonizations, live daily Mass and holy day
events from major shrines around the world.