Ordinary Time: January 27th
Optional Memorial of St. Angela Merici, virgin
Today the Church celebrates the optional memorial of St. Angela Merici, virgin. St. Angela was born in northern Italy. In 1516, she founded the Order of Ursulines, the first teaching order for women approved by the Church. Before the reform of the General Roman Calendar this was the feast of St. John Chrysostom. His feast is now celebrated on September 13. St. Angela Merici's feast was celebrated on June 1, except in the convents of her order where it was also celebrated today.
St. Angela Merici
The saint was born in 1474 in the diocese of Verona. Early in life she dedicated herself to Christ as His bride. After the death of her parents, she desired to live solely for God in quiet and solitude, but her uncle insisted that she manage his household. She renounced her patrimony in order to observe most perfectly the rule for Franciscan Tertiaries.
- Read more about the life of St. Angela and her travels to the Holy Land.
- St. Angela formed the Company of St. Ursula, a secular institute. Read more about secular institutes and their role in the Church.
- Read Jeff Mirus' review Stages on the Road by Sigrid Undset. The book includes an essay on St. Angela Merici.