Mother Angelica’s Monastery Elects New Abbess

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The newly elected Abbess and Council of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Ala., July 2021. (photo: Credit: Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration.)

Mother Mary Paschal has been elected the newest abbess of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Alabama.

Newsroom (August 2, 2021, 8:22 AM Gaudium Press)- Mother Mary Paschal has been elected the newest abbess of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Alabama, filling the role once held by EWTN foundress Mother Angelica.

Sister Mary Jacinta was elected vicar alongside the new abbess, and three other nuns were elected councillors on July 29. Bishop Steven Raica of Birmingham was present to witness the election.

“It is with overwhelming gratitude to Our Eucharistic Lord for His great goodness, and to you who have assisted us in countless ways these past years, that we ask for your continued prayers,” the monastery said in the announcement of Mother Mary Paschal’s election. “Please pray for each of us at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery, that the Holy Spirit may overshadow and guide us as we begin this new chapter and continue anew in this venture of faith and adoration.”

The monastery is an autonomous Poor Clares of the Perpetual Adoration monastery. The cloistered nuns elect their abbess and council from among their sisters every three years.

The monastery was founded by Mother Angelica and several other founding sisters from Sancta Clara Monastery in Canton, Ohio. It was dedicated May 20, 1962. Our Lady of the Angels will mark its feast day on August 2.

Mother Angelica launched Eternal Word Television Network on August 15, 1981, as a new missionary endeavour. Her media apostolate has grown to become the most prominent Catholic media network in the world.

The monastery was originally located at EWTN headquarters in Irondale. Mother Angelica moved it to Hanceville. She died at the monastery in Hanceville on March 27, 2016.

The monastery is adjacent to the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, which was dedicated in 1999.

Some nuns from the monastery have been sent to their mother monastery in Ohio, and the Poor Clares’ cradle monastery in Troyes, France, the monastery website said. The community has made new foundations in Tonopah, Ariz., and San Antonio.

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