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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Religious leaders respond to Mother Mary Angelica's death

Mother Angelica, foundress of EWTN died on Easter. (Source: EWTN)
The foundress of the Eternal Word Television Network in Irondale passed away on Easter Sunday at the age of 92.
A statement from EWTN said she died at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville surrounded by her spiritual daughters, sons and dear friends.
Many are remembering the life of Mother Angelica, also known as “Mother to Millions” to her EWTN Family, including several religious and Alabama leaders.
Governor Robert Bentley released a statement on his website:
“On this Easter Sunday, it is only fitting that the Lord chose today to call home one of his humble servants, Mother Angelica. She devoted her life to ministry, converting untold numbers of people to the church. She left an indelible mark on Alabama, the Catholic Church and the world as a whole. She will always be remembered for her personal sermons and she will live on forever in the hearts of all those that her sermons have touched through her gift to the world, the Eternal Word Television Network.”
Congressman Robert Aderholt posted the following on his Facebook page:
I'm very sorry to learn of Mother Angelica's passing. While she had lived in the District I serve since 1999, the place she truly called home was living in her faith. How fitting that she should go to her eternal home on Easter Sunday.
 Mother Dolores Marie, Superior of the Poor Clare Nuns of Perpetual Adoration of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery had this to say:
“Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, P.C.P.A. passed peacefully from this life at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery on 5 p.m. CDT, Easter Sunday, March 27, in this Jubilee Year of Mercy, surrounded by the prayers and love of her spiritual daughters, sons and dear friends. Known as “Mother to Millions” to her EWTN Family, she untiringly exhorted all to pursue holiness by living with God in the present moment. We are grateful for your prayers for this courageous daughter of the Church and your support of EWTN, the media network that she founded for the salvation of souls. May our beloved Mother Angelica, Foundress of EWTN, enter through the Mercy of God into the joy of Heaven.”
 EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw issued the following:
“This is a sorrow-filled day for the entire EWTN Family. 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. Her accomplishments and legacies in evangelization throughout the world are nothing short of miraculous and can only be attributed to Divine Providence and her unwavering faithfulness to Our Lord. The important thing, as Mother Angelica’s life and the lives so many of the saints have shown us, is to be faithful and to persevere. Mother Angelica’s life has been a life of faith; her prayer life and obedience to God are worthy of our imitation.  Everything she did was an act of faith.”
 The Most Reverend Robert J. Baker, Bishop of Birmingham in Alabama:
“Mother Angelica brought the truth and the love and the life of the Gospel of Jesus to so many people, not only to our Catholic household of faith, but to many thousands of people who are not Catholic, in that beautiful way she had of touching lives, bringing so many people into the Catholic Faith.”
These are just several statements from the outpouring of condolences expressed for the beloved mother.
Many are expected to visit Hanceville for funeral plans set to began Monday 28 through April 1.
The Madison County Sheriff's Department will assist the Hanceville Police Department with Mother Angelica's funeral.
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