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Saint Angela Merici
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Saint Angela Merici Facts
While praying one day, Angela Merici was said to have had a great vision in which angels and maidens came down from heaven and a voice told her to found an association of virgins under the guidance of St. Ursula. Ursula was a fourth-century virgin and martyr venerated as a protector of women. The order Angela was inspired to start would devote itself to both bodily and spiritual works of mercy, with an emphasis on the education of young women.
The Order of St. Ursula
St. Angela Merici was concerned with the lack of religious training for young girls and the conditions of the family and society in general. She converted her home into a school. She then gathered the young girls of the town and taught them the foundation of Christianity. Merici told them to take the lessons they learned back to their homes to share with their families.
Life of St. Angela Merici
St. Angela spent the first ten years of her life in Desenzano, Italy. When Merici was young, her beloved sister died shortly after the death of her father. This devastating death left Merici depressed because it occured before her sister could receive the last sacraments of the Catholic Church.
The devout Angela eventually joined the third order of St. Francis. She also increased her daily prayer and religion. When she prayed, she asked God for a sign about her sister. Eventually she had a vision that told her that her sister was in heaven.
Merici's Life Continued
For a period of time, Angela stayed in Desezano with her mother at Grezze. Her mother died when she was still a child. She was now an orphan.
She was then sent to Salo to live with her maternal uncle. Her uncle died when she was 20, so she traveled back to Desezano.
Merici's father used to read to her daily about the lives of saints. This is where she first heard of St. Ursula.
Saint Angela Merici
Alondra Posada, Jacqueline Stofa
Feastday: January 27
Born: March 21, 1474 in Desenzano, Italy
Died: January 27, 1540 in Brescia, Italy
- old age
Saint Angela Merici Facts
Angela Merici was a religious, Italian, Catholic nun.
Educating girls was her passion.
came from a family of modern wealth, not a peasant family, as was traditionally believed
was born in Desenzano, Italy, on a farm two miles outside the province of Venice.
established the order of St. Ursula in 1807.
Desenzano - Lake Garda - Italy)
Ursulines Across the World
-Saint Ursula spread rapidly. Ursuline communities were established quickly in France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Canada, and the United States.
- Today, thousands of Ursuline sisters work to spread the good news of Jesus Christ in 6 continents.
Patron Saint of...
bodily ills, disabled people, handicapped people, illness, loss of parents, physically challenged people, and sickness.
Death of Saint Angela Merici
- Angela Merici died on January 27, 1540.
- She was buried at the Saint Afras, where she still rests.
- She left 150 spiritual daughters.
- She was beauitfied on April 30, 1768 by Pope Pius VII. In 1962 St. Angela was proclaimed the principal Patron of Desezano by a decree of the Sacred Congregation of Rights.
Forms of Saint Angela's Name
Other Forms: Angel, Angelica, Angelina, Angelique, Angelita
Before Finding Saint Ursula Community...
1. A local bishop looks into the candidate's life and writings for evidence of heroic virtue. The information uncovered by the bishop is sent to the Vatican.
Reason for Sainthood
St. Angela was known for being a great leader and example for many people, especially the young girls she taught at her own home. She was respectful and kind to everyone her whole life, even when most of her family passed on. She remained strong and pulled through it. St. Angela showed her spiritual daughters the ways of being strong, powerful women. Her teachings were so great that they still exist today- in all the Ursuline schools around the world.
She made many pilgramages to Italy, and in 1524, she went to the Holy Land.
On November 25, 1535, which is Saint Catherine's Day, Angela and 28 young women formed the order of Ursulines in honor of Saint Ursula.
In 1536, Merici laid down the laws of the Ursuline Order, analyzing her plan to restore the family and the supremacy of Christianity through the education of girls. She was later elected superior of the company by unanimous vote in 1537.
St. Angela Merici Prayer
By: Jacqueline Stofa and Alondra Posada
St. Angela's Quotes
2. A panel of theologians and the cardinals of the Congregation for Cause of Saints analyze the candidate's life.
3. If the panel approves, the pope proclaims that the candidate is venerable, which means that the person is a role model of Catholic virtues.
4. The next step is beatification. This allows for a person to be honored by a particular group or region. In order to beatify a candidate, it must be shown that the person is responsible for a posthumous the miracle. Martyrs (those who died for their religious cause) can be beatified without evidence of a miracle.
5. In order for the candidate to be known as a saint, there must be proof of a second posthumous miracle. If there is, the person is canonized.
posthumous-occurring, awarded, or appearing after the death of the person
She was beauitfied on April 30, 1768 by Pope Pius VII.