St. Angela Merici, Virgin and Foundress

St. Angela Merici was born on March 21, 1470, in Desenzano in the territory of Lombardy, the Republic of Venice, in northern Italy. She was orphaned at the age of ten and then moved with her sister to Brescia when they were raised by their uncle. Her sister died a short while later. She entered the Third Order of Saint Francis at the age of thirteen, chose to embrace an austere lifestyle, and received the sacraments frequently.

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