This calendar of saints is drawn from several denominations, sects, and traditions. Although it will no longer be updated daily, the index on the right will guide visitors to a saint celebrated on any day they choose. Additional saints will be added as they present themselves to Major.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

January 27 -- Feast of St. Angela Merici

Angela was only fifteen years old when she had a vision telling her to form a Company of Virgins, women who would dedicate themselves to God. It was actually quite a company that announced this mission, including several saints and her own deceased sister. She joined the Franciscans and eventually made a para-military organization of nuns. They were non-violent, but organized into units and sub-units, headed by colonels. Having done this in the 1530s, I'd say she beat Major Barbara and the Salvation Army by, oh, three hundred years or so.

Her accomplishments were a little more extraordinary because she had become blind while on a pilgrimage to Rome.

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