Bishop Stika to attend Mother Angelica’s funeral

Emily Booker News

Mother Angelica, a Poor Clare of Perpetual Adoration and founder of the Eternal Word Television Network, died on Mar. 27 at age 92. Bishop Richard F. Stika will be attending her funeral on Fri., Apr. 1.

Last November, Mother Angelica had been placed on a feeding tube as she battled lingering effects of a series of strokes. She died at her order’s Our Lady of Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Ala.

On Mar. 29, Mother Angelica’s body will received in a ceremony at the piazza of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament at the monastery. The chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed in the shrine’s upper church.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated Apr. 1 at 11 a.m. in the upper church by bishops and clergy from around the world. Following the funeral, Mother Angelica’s body will be interred in the shrine’s Crypt Chapel.

Mother Angelica began EWTN on a tight budget and with little knowledge about TV production in 1981. Today, EWTN transmits Catholic programs 24 hours a day to more than 230 million homes in 144 countries.

Bishop Stika and Bishop Edward Rice appeared on her show Mother Angelica Live on February 2, 2000, when they were both priests in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. They discussed the importance of Eucharistic Adoration. The episode will re-air on EWTN on Apr. 17 at 11 p.m. and Apr. 19 at 10 a.m.