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Mother Angelica to be inducted in Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame

Mother Angelica, the founder of EWTN Global Catholic Network, and Justice Janie L. Shores, the first female on the Alabama Supreme Court, will be inducted into the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame, Judson College has announced.

The induction ceremony will take place on March 5 at the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame, located on the Judson College campus in Marion, at 10:30 a.m. in Alumnae Auditorium.

Mother Mary Angelica

In 1923, the woman who would become Mother Mary Angelica was born as Rita Rizzo in Cleveland, Ohio. Through the challenges of poverty, an unstable home, and ill health, Rita grew a faith in God that led her to become a nun whose humble service to her Savior would make significant contributions not only to the Catholic Church but to the world. She joined the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration in Canton, Ohio, in 1953, taking the name Sister Mary Angelica. She dreamed of opening a monastery in the Deep South, so she turned her efforts to fundraising. A creative and entrepreneurial spirit surfaced in her as she led the sisters to establish St. Peter’s Fishing Lures, a fly fishing lure company that, due to the Sisters’ creative skill and Sister (later, Mother) Angelica’s marketing and business acumen, garnered national attention. Mother Angelica and the Sisters raised enough money for a move South, and she and several other Sisters established Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Irondale in 1962.


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