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Angela Merici

Angela Merici lived in Renaissance Italy, a turbulent time of civil wars and widespread corruption in so­cial, political and religious institutions. The role of women was subordinate; their choice was either marriage or the cloister, controlled by “a husband or a wall.” Angela sought neither. She envisioned a new, independent expres­sion of religious commit­ment for women. Her Com­pany of Saint Ursula granted women the freedom to live consecrated lives while liv­ing in the world, bound only by the love of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Essay and prayer by Dorothy Janusko Valerian