known as Angela of Merici, Angela de Marici
Profile Franciscan tertiary at age 15.
She received a vision telling her she would inspire devout women in their vocation.
In Crete, during a pilgrimage to Holy Land, she was struck blind. Her friends
wanted to return home, but she insisted on going on, visiting the shrines with
as much devotion and enthusiasm as if she had her sight. On the way home, while
praying before a crucifix, her sight was restored at the same place where it had
been lost. In 1535 she gathered a group of girl students and began what would
become the Institute of Saint Ursula (the Ursuline Sisters), founded to teach
children, beginning with religion and later expanding into secular topics; her
first schools were in Desenazno and Brescia.
Born 21 March
1474 at Desenzano, Lake Garda, Italy
Died 24 January 1540
at Brescia, Italy relics in the church of Saint Afra, Brescia, Italy body incorrupt
Beatified 1768 by Pope Clement XIII
1807 by Pope Pius VII
Name Meaning angel; messenger (=Angela)
Patronage against bodily ills, against illness, against
sickness, disabled people, handicapped people, loss of parents, physically challenged
people, sick people
Representation cloak, ladder
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