With a small amount of cash and large amount of faith, Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation in 1962 departed from her Poor Clare of Perpetual Adoration Monastery in Canton, Ohio to begin another foundation in Alabama. Inspired by the Lord, Mother established Our Lady of the Angeles Monastery in the South to bring another Catholic presence to an area inhabited by few Catholics.
Living their vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, Mother Angelica and her Poor Clare Sisters enjoyed a cloistered life of prayer and monastic discipline. Their simple and radical Franciscan way of life eventually attracted local residents. Visitors were impressed by the Sister’s love for Christ and with Mother Angelica’s practical and insightful knowledge of Sacred Scripture. In the next few years Christ’s presence illuminating from Mother and the Sisters’ gradually captured the attention of Catholics and non-Catholic in Alabama and throughout the Southern states.
Over the years, God would extend this Catholic presence to the entire world through print, television, radio and Internet media. On May 19 & 20, the Poor Clare Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word and Knights of the Holy Eucharist celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Our Lady of the Angeles Monastery in Alabama.
The festivities began Saturday morning with Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert Baker, with Bishop Emeritus David E. Foley, Abbot Cletus Meagher, the MFVA Priests and other visiting priest as concelebrants. Weekend celebrations were concluded with solemn vespers and benediction on Sunday May 20th.