Monday, August 14, 2006

Happy 25th Anniversary to EWTN

I grew up in the Middle East having limited access to the Catholic media. Now that I live in the States, having a Catholic TV channel feels really good. EWTN Catholic channel may not be a state-of-the-art TV channel, but it's informative enough for me and others.

This month, the channel celebrates its 25th anniversary. Thanks to the efforts of Mother Angelica. Lincoln Journal Star reports:

IRONDALE, Ala. — Twenty-five years ago, Mother Mary Angelica had a vision for Eternal Word Television Network, a channel offering nothing but Roman Catholic programming. She had little more than faith, $200 and a garage to use as a studio.

Now EWTN Global Catholic Network is available in 127 countries and more than 118 million households, and is capping a celebration of its founding in 1981. With viewers from Illinois to India, the satellite channel has grown to include radio and the Internet, and bills itself as the largest religious media network in the world.
Still based at its original campus in a hilly suburb, EWTN has long had the blessing of the Vatican. And while critics alternately accuse EWTN of being too conservative or too liberal, it prides itself on sticking to the leadership of both Pope John Paul II and his successor, Pope Benedict XVI.


The fact that it's been attacked by liberals and conservatives means its views are moderate. I'm sure other people would agree with me.

Mother Angelica:
The Remarkable Story of a Nun, Her Nerve, and a Network of Miracles

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see from your site you like Mother Angelica as well, I have been down there 5 times and feel very blessed to meet Mother once, she could'nt speak, but her eyes spoke volumes. I read the book too, it's really a network of Miracles, I really enjoyed reading it and in fact I read aloud to lady I visit in a nursing home, we both liked it very much.

I have been helping out an artist freind of my named Mark Sanislo and he has a painting he did of Mother and it's hanging down in Hanceville, AL.

Many do not know about this so just wanted to pass this on to people like yourself.. There are prints and magnets, here is a little link to a store through an artist site, if you have some time take a look.

Mother Angelica "Nun of the Media" an original oil painting by Catholic Artist Mark Sanislo of Minneapolis Minnesota.

In 1981 a cloistered nun named Mother Angelica, using merely entrepreneurial instincts and a steadfast faith in God created what would become the world's largest religious media empire in the garage of a her monastery located in the hills of Birmingham, Al.

The Eternal Television Network grew at a staggering pace, both in people tuning in and in sharing the message of God, to where it now reaches over a hundred million viewers in hundreds of countries around the globe.

This portrait "Nun of the Media" tries to capture the story of this extraordinary nun, Mother Angelica, who is known and loved by the many that tune into "Mother Angelica Live" on the EWTN Network.

The portrait also manifests the power of prayer which comes from the Poor Clare Nuns of Perpetual Adoration who have backed up Mother's global media work. Mother herself is seen at the switchboard of Eternal Word Television Network with her Rosary in hand.

The painting also encompasses the satellite dishes and shortwave radio towers of EWTN that make it Global Catholic Network.

Behind the nuns, in the center of the piazza stands the The Monument of the Divine Child Jesus (El Divino Niño). It Serves as a symbol of the eager love of our God, the Child Jesus offers His Heart to all who approach Him, "Prophecy of Isaiah (11:6): ". and a little Child shall lead them"

Behind El Divino Niño is the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, a Temple consecrated to Almighty God, open to people of all faiths.

Visitors often remark that this Temple is "a true oasis of silence and peace." Mother Angelica explains that "when you come into the Temple you are in the Presence of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit." She prays that each person who enters will be aware of this great and wonderful reality

The original oil painting can be seen by the public, down in Hanceville, AL at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

To purchase prints of Mother Angelica "Nun of the Media" visit Mark's Number1Artist Online-Store

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