Angela Merici, Saint

Angela Merici, Saint

▪ Roman Catholic saint
born March 21, 1470/74, Desenzano, republic of Venice [Italy]
died Jan. 27, 1540, Brescia; canonized May 24, 1807; feast day January 27

      founder of the Ursuline (q.v.) order, the oldest order of women in the Roman Catholic church dedicated to teaching.

      Orphaned young, she went to Salo to live in the home of an uncle. Later she joined the Third Order of St. Francis. At the age of 20 she returned to Desenzano, where she gathered about her a group of girls who taught the catechism to the children of the village.

      In 1506, while praying in the fields of Brudazzo, Angela had a vision in which she was told that she would found a society of virgins at Brescia. The citizens of Brescia came to regard her as a prophet and a saint.

      On Nov. 25, 1535, at Brescia, Angela and 28 companions consecrated themselves to God by a vow of virginity, and the Company of St. Ursula was born. Angela drew up her rule in 1536, which provided for the Christian education of girls in order to restore the family and, through the family, the whole of Christian society. She was unanimously elected superior of the company in 1537. Before her death she dictated her Testament and Souvenirs, which contain her counsels to her nuns; they insist on interest in the individual, gentleness, and the efficacy of persuasion over force.

      Angela is often celebrated as a woman of foresight and courage who enjoined her successors to make changes according to the needs of the time.

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Universalium. 2010.

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