Our Foundress St Angela
Saint Angela Story C 1474-1540
“... I shall always be in your midst, helping your prayers...” (Last Counsel, St. Angela)
Deeply involved in a world of contrasts marked by suffering, Angela Merici appears to us as a lovely figure of womanliness. She was a contemplative, captured by the Lord whom she sought and found everywhere. 'Everywhere' for her meant in long hours of prayer; it also meant every place where she felt she had a task to do, every person she met..., every service she rendered according to needs and circumstances. Active and devoted lay people found in her an inspiring leader, deeply faithful to the Church...
Statue of Saint Angela Merici, Venray – The Netherlands
Reading and interpreting the signs of the times, she was led by the Spirit to undertake an entirely new way of life which evolved gradually as she moved forward, step by step in response to his call.
See more about her life in these two videos:
Angela Merici – Stages of her life ► (video made by Ursulines of German Federation– French website)
Angela Merici, Paolo Orlando ► (video by Daria Klich OSU)
Twice she went on pilgrimages to Varallo to see the shrines of the events of Jesus’ life and in 1529, when Brescia was under threat of invasion, she went with Agostino Gallo and his family to Cremona. On their return she lived for some months with Agostino’s family in front of the Church of San Clemente.
All the time that she lived in Brescia she welcomed all who came to her for help: those seeking her prayer or her practical advice, those hoping for reconciliation, wealthy lords, theologians, preachers and the ordinary people of the city. She became aware of the young women who were looking for a life of consecration without entering a monastery and felt called by God to create something new in the Church.
The Writings of St. Angela Merici consists of three parts: Rule, Counsels and Testament.
The manuscript of the oldest version of the Rule of St. Angela is in the Trivulsian Library in Milan, and is titled: Regola della Compagnia di Sant’Orsola.
St. Angela Merici became an inspiration for many artists who, through their works, tried to commemorate her life and activities. Songs, pictures, sculptures and other works of art became a reflection and an expression of Angela's spirituality and the unique and twofold love: of God and of souls (First Legacy). Still new created images of St. Angela remind us of her words: I will always be among you ... (Last Counsel, 20)
Gallery on the website of the Ursulines of the Romanian Union of the France/Belgium/Spain Province ►
To see more about the life of St Angela go to Galleries / Videos:
The Life of Saint Angela in Embroidery by Sister Stanislas O'Lanyer ►
The Frescoes in the Chapel of the Ursulines of the Roman Union Generalate, Rome, painted by Mario Barberis, Video and research by Sr. Daria Klich, OSU ►