EWTN Founder Mother Angelica Passes Away At 92
March 28, 2016 at 4:05 AM (PT)
MOTHER MARY ANGELICA OF THE ANNUNCIATION, P.C.P.A., the founder of ETERNAL WORD TELEVISION NETWORK known as MOTHER ANGELICA, passed away EASTER SUNDAY (3/27) in HANCEVILLE, AL at 92.
Born RITA ANTOINETTE RIZZO in 1923 and taking her final vows in 1953, she established OUR LADY OF THE ANGELS MONASTERY in 1962, began TV broadcasts on CBS affiliate WBMG-TV (now WIAT-TV)/BIRMINGHAM in the '70s, and launched EWTN as a national cable network in 1981, becoming a familiar television presence with her show "MOTHER ANGELICA LIVE," hosting until a stroke in 2001 ended her show (the program continued in reruns). The service expanded to radio in 1992 with shortwave station WEWN/BIRMINGHAM, and syndicated programming to broadcast and satellite radio.
“This is a sorrow-filled day for the entire EWTN Family,” said EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer MICHAEL P. WARSAW. “MOTHER has always, and will always, personify EWTN, the Network which she founded. In the face of sickness and long-suffering trials, MOTHER’s example of joy and prayerful perseverance exemplified the Franciscan spirit she held so dear. We thank God for MOTHER ANGELICA and for the gift of her extraordinary life.”
An invitation-only Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11a (CT) FRIDAY at the SHRINE OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT In HANCEVILLE. The services will be broadcast by EWTN.