St. Angela Merici

St. Angela Merici Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 1/27
Tridentine Calendar - 06/01


Patron Of: Sickness

Also known as

    * Angela of Merici
    * Angela de Marici

Memorial

    * 27 January
    * formerly 1 June
    * formerly 31 May

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 (Ursuline Sisters), founded to teach children, beginning with religion and later expanding into secular topics; her first schools were in the Italian cities of 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

    * 30 April 1768 by Pope Clement XIII (cultus confirmation)

Canonized

    * 24 May 1807 by Pope Pius VII

Patronage

    * against bodily ills
    * against illness
    * against sickness
    * against the death of parents
    * disabled people
    * handicapped people
    * physically challenged people
    * sick people

Representation

    * cloak
    * ladder

 



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