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St. Angela Merici

Painting of St. AngelaSt. Angela Merici (1474-1540)
Saint Angela, You were not afraid of change. You did not let stereotypes keep you from serving. Help us to overcome our fear of change in order to follow God’s call and allow others to follow theirs.

Angela Merici was born in Italy and by the time she was ten years old she and her sister were orphans. They went to live with their Uncle. When her sister died suddenly, Angela was filled with grief but she was comforted by a vision from God that showed her sister safe in heaven. Angela's youth inspired her to devote her life to the Lord by becoming part of the Third Order of St. Francis. When Angela was twenty, she moved back to her hometown. Upon learning that many young girls were not being educated, Angela opened her home to them and began educating them herself. Angela received another vision from God in-structing her to found an institution devoted to the religious training of young girls. Her school was so successful they opened additional schools across Italy. Angela's schools became known as the first teaching order for women in the Catholic Church, more commonly known as the Order of Ursulines. She is the patron saint of the sick, as well as disabled and physically challenged people and her feast day is January 27th.

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