On May 20, 2012, the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration marked the 50th anniversary of the foundation of Mother Angelica’s Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Alabama. The monastery was dedicated on May 20, 1962.
By the early 70’s the sisters were duplicating Mother’s talks and printing “mini” books to explain the basics of the Faith. And in 1981, Mother launched Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) in the monastery garage and the rest as they say is history.
I remember visiting EWTN in the late 90’s and attending one of Mother’s Live shows. She wandered around the set before the show began greeting people as if she didn’t have a care in the world and sat down with only seconds to spare. Everything came from a heart prepared by and with prayer. I had a message to give to her from a mutual friend that day and felt somewhat awkward doing it just minutes before she was to go on the air but she gave me her full attention and spent sometime talking with me. I was very impressed.
I thank God for EWTN which gave my housebound relatives a participation in the life of the Church and great consolation in the weeks before their deaths. May EWTN flourish and grow to the ends of the earth in all the languages of the human race.
For the full article in the National Catholic Register and many reflections on the 50 years of history, click here.
On March 10, 2012, the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration in Tonopah, Arizona, an IRL Affiliate Community, held their 3rd Annual Nun Run to raise funds to continue the building Our Lady of Solitude Monastery. Previous runs allowed them to complete for the most part their chapel. Current funds will be used for the monastery enclosure walls.
The run attracted 1,135 runners and walkers and “shadow” participants from around the world, including Rome and Zambia. Runners wore shirts with this year’s motto from Isaiah 40:31: “You Shall Run and Not Grow Weary.”
The nuns, the first contemplative order in the Phoenix diocese, arrived in 2005. Eucharistic Adoration is their apostolate, for as their Foundress, Mother Marie of St. Claire, once said: “We are adorers of the Most Blessed Sacrament and the purpose of our adoration is thanksgiving.” Essentially, they begin to do on earth what every blessed soul will do for all eternity: praise, adore, and offer thanksgiving to our God.
For the complete article, visit the National Catholic Register website.
The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration and the Te Deum Foundation have jointly purchased 484 acres in the Diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina, which will be the future home of a new Poor Clare Monastery and a new regional seminary.
Seminarians in the diocese currently attend school in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland. The proposed seminary would be the only one for the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida. Seminarians in the southeast have the unique challenge of living in the Bible Belt where the Catholic population is growing. Unlike other areas of the country where parishes are closing, new churches are being built. Paraphrasing the Te Deum website: Praise be to God for such a problem!
At the same time, the Poor Clares have been seeking a permanent home in the Charlotte area. Their special charism of spiritual motherhood, especially for priests, is a perfect complement to the proposed neighboring seminary. See the full story here.
May God bless the Bishop of the Diocese, Peter Jugis, and all the good people working in the Lord’s vineyard in Charlotte.