Ordinary Time: January 27th
Wednesday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time; Optional Memorial of St. Angela Merici, virgin
Old Calendar: St. John Chrysostom, bishop, confessor and doctor; St. Angela Merici
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.According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. John Chrysostom (September 13 in the Ordinary Form). St. Angela Merici's feast is celebrated on June 1, except in the convents of her order where it is 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.