Mother Mary Angelica, Nun Who Built Catholic Media Network EWTN, Dies at 92

Mother Angelica, abbess of Our Lady of the Angels Franciscan monastery and Eternal Word TV Network  Photo: William F. Campbell/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images
Mother Angelica, abbess of Our Lady of the Angels Franciscan monastery and Eternal Word TV Network Photo: William F. Campbell/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images

Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, a Catholic nun who started a TV station in a garage that grew into a religious media giant, died on Easter Sunday, according to her company.

She was 92.

Mother Angelica launched Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) in 1981 a few years after falling out with a manager at a TV station whose studio she had been using to produce programs.

From its humble beginnings in a garage at an Alabama monastery, EWTN expanded over the years into an influential TV, radio and online operation. Its channels now broadcast to 264 million households around the world, according to its website.

“Mother Angelica is the only woman in the history of television to found and lead a cable network for 20 years,” Raymond Arroyo, the managing editor of EWTN’s news division, said in a video statement.

Angelica appeared regularly on the network, hosting “Mother Angelica Live,” a show on which she led religious discussions with TV viewers.

“She founded and grew a network that appealed to everyday Catholics, understood their needs and fed their spirits,” Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, a member of the network’s board of governors, told EWTN News.

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SOURCE: CNN Money
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