I first heard of Mother Angelica when…

mother angelica mini booksI first heard of Mother Angelica in the 1970s when my half-sister, all excited, shoved some “mini-books” into my hands, and exuberantly described Mother Angelica’s ministry. My sister wanted to be a Poor Clare in a Monastery close to my home (didn’t work out, though we visited often), and that was also kind of a connection to Mother Angelica’s Poor Clare spirituality. I would continue to hear of Mother Angelica as the years of my seminary training sped by, but it wasn’t until 1993, a year after my ordination, that I “caught 0n” to just who this extraordinary woman was. That had to do with the fallout of the Stations of the Cross at World Youth Day 1993. I was already quite the troublemaker (hopefully for the good… oh the stories!) but this Mother Angelica event, if you will, confirmed me in my ways. I’m sure you’ve seen this many times now, but I would just like to put it up for old time’s sake. And I wonder if you have any stories of how you first came to know about Mother Angelica.

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4 responses to “I first heard of Mother Angelica when…

  1. :) You are more of a prophetic voice crying out in the wilderness than a troublemaker. Trust me, I come from a family of troublemakers who want to stir things up for their own excitement. You are different, Father.

  2. My wife and I have had a long relationship with Mother Angelica. We first met her in the early 70s when she spoke at a Catholic charismatic meeting in Philadelphia. My wife went to visit her sister in AL in the late 70s and went to Irondale, AL to visit Mother. My wife was having vision problems; Mother Angelica prayed over her and her vision problems were cured. I got a job in Huntsville, AL in 1982. In 1999 I was on retreat at the Benedictine Monastery in Culman, Al and we got a message that they were having a final tour through Mother’s new monastery before it was formally enclosed. So I got to tour the monastery and meet several of the sisters and tour the shrine. Many fond memories!

  3. sanfelipe007

    I first viewed M.A. on EWTN during a visit with my mother, who was watching. My mother asked me if I had ever heard of Mother Angelica (my mother knew I did not watch TV). When I answered “no,” she filled me in about all sorts of wondrous things concerning this “real” nun. This happened around 2008? I’m guessing EWTN was late to arrive on the cable lineup in Dallas, TX.

  4. sanfelipe007

    EWTN was showing “The best of Mother Angelica.” Since that would have been after her stroke.

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