St. Angela Merici

Saint_Angela_MericiThe feast of the foundress of the Usurlines under the rule of the Third Order of St. Francis was inserted in the Calendar of the Universal Church by Pius IV in 1861. The devout pilgrimages of St. Angela to the Holy Land and the Rome recall, in a manner, those made by St. Bridget of Sweden some two centuries earlier.

She showed the same faith and enjoyed equal respect with the Popes, so much so that Clement VII would not allow her to leave the Eternal City. After having brought together a band of holy women, who devoted themselves to the education of girls, St. Angela passed away from this life, full of merits on January 27, 1540.

(Source: The New Roman Missal by Father Lasance).