SAINT ANGELA MERICI

1470-1540

FEAST DAY:  JANUARY 27TH

Angela Mericia was born on March 21, 1470 at Disenzano, Lombardy, Italy.  At the age of ten she became an orphan, which caused led her to go with her sister to the city of Salo.  At Salo she was taken in by her uncle's family.  Her sister died very soon after leaving her alone without any immediate family.  Angela entered a Franciscan Third order and returned to her original home at Disenzano and converted her home into a school for teaching girls the Catholic catechism. She then opened a second school in Brescia, Italy. Eventually, she founded an order to be known as the Ursulines in 1535, the name being derived from their devotion to St. Ursula.  In 1525, she went to Rome and saw Pope Clement VII.  The Holy Father wanted her to stay in Rome, but she felt led to return to her school in Brescia.  Angela served as the superior of the Ursulines for five years and died on January 27, 1540.  In 1544, the Ursulines received papal approval.

 INTERCESSORY PRAYER:  Today, ask Saint Angela to pray for your needs.

 

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