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Local leader pay tribute to EWTN founder Mother Angelica

The legacy of a Roman Catholic nun who founded a worldwide media network spread far and wide, including Oklahoma.

Mother Mary Angelica, founder of Eternal Word Television Network, also known as EWTN Global Catholic Network, died Sunday, March 27. 

Local Catholic leader, the Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, offered the following statement about the global media leader who was often refered to simply as "Mother Angelica."

"Mother Angelica was an extraordinary woman of faith and the founder of one of the world’s largest religious media empires. From a remote monastery in rural Alabama, she allowed herself to be used as God’s instrument to bring God’s word and the Catholic faith into the homes and lives of people around the world, including here in Oklahoma. She has left an amazing legacy of faith,” Coakley said Monday in a prepared statement.

Meanwhile, EWTN has announced the schedule of memorial events for Mother Angelica. All events will be held at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Ala., and will be televised globally on  EWTN. The times listed here are Central Time:

Tuesday, March 29

3 PM: Rite of Reception of Mother Angelica’s Body.

Mother Angelica’s body will be received in a ceremony and escorted through the Piazza of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Upon conclusion of the Procession, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed in the Shrine’s Upper Church and the body will be transferred to the Monastery Cloister for private visitation with the Poor Clare Nuns of Perpetual Adoration.

Wednesday, March 30

10 AM: Rosary in Memoriam and Public Visitation.

A public rosary will be led by the Rev. Miguel Marie Soeherman, MFVA in the Upper Church of the Shrine. Upon conclusion of the Rosary, a public visitation will begin.

7 PM: Rosary in Memoriam and Conclusion of Public Visitation.

The Rev. Joseph Mary Wolfe, MFVA will lead a Rosary in the Upper Church of the Shrine to conclude Public Visitation for the day.

Thursday, March 31

10 AM: Rosary in Memoriam and Public Visitation.

A public rosary will be led by the Rev. Miguel Marie Soeherman, MFVA in the Upper Church of the Shrine. Upon conclusion of the Rosary, a public visitation will begin.

5 PM: Solemn Vespers.

Evening Prayer will be chanted by the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word, the Community of Religious Men founded by Mother Angelica.

7 PM: Vigil Service and Rosary at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament will be led by Bishop Robert J. Baker of Birmingham.

Music will be performed by a Schola composed of the Canons Regular of Saint John Cantius in Chicago. The Homilist will be the Rev.  Miguel Marie Soeherman, MFVA.

Friday, April 1

11 AM: Mass of Christian Burial and Rite of Committal.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Shrine’s Upper Church by bishops and clergy from around the world. The homilist will be the Rev. Joseph Mary Wolfe, MFVA. The Mass will conclude with a Procession carrying Mother Angelica’s body through the Shrine’s Piazza and into the Crypt. The procession will be followed by the Rite of Committal and interment in the Crypt Chapel.

Because of limited seating capacity, admission to the Shrine for the funeral Mass will be by invitation only. The public may participate directly outside, in the Shrine’s piazza. For a complete schedule of all memorial events and programming information, visit www.ewtn.com.

Carla Hinton

Religion Editor  

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