Mother Angelica leaves her Ohio convent to
found Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Irondale, Alabama, with money
raised by the sale of St. Peter's Fishing Lures.
Mother Angelica teaches a local Bible class and begins
what would become an extensive public-speaking ministry.
published in response to requests for printed versions of her Bible
August 4, 1972
First Imprimatur granted for mini-books.
October 16, 1975
Nuns operate their own print shop to produce
Mother Angelica receives inspiration for television
ministry after visiting a Chicago TV station. She saw a tiny television
station on top of a large, downtown building. When she saw the cameras and
video equipment and a few people operating out of a tiny studio, she
marveled at how many people were reached by this ministry. As she walked
into the studio she said, "Lord, I gotta have one of these!"
April 28, 1978
Mother Angelica's first attempt to tape an
episode was a disaster. The set was too stark and barren, the lights were
too bright, the cameras were in the wrong places, and the audio made
Mother Angelica sound like she had a high, squeaky voice.
May 3rd through August 1978
Mother Angelica produces her first
series "Our Hermitage" at a local television studio after a
close friend hand delivers a pilot to CBN. They requested 60 episodes.
November 1, 1978
Mother Angelica confronts the manager of a
local station where she had filmed 17 episodes of her second series
"In His Sandals" because the station planned to air a
blasphemous movie. When she said she would not make any more programs
there, he told her that her television work would come to an end without
their studio and crew. She replied that she only needed God and that she
would build her own studio and buy her own cameras. He told her she
couldn't do it, and she replied, "You just watch me!" She then
asked her construction crew to extend the monastery's new garage 10 feet
longer and 12 feet wider to accommodate a television studio.
Mother Angelica appears on PTL.
Mother Angelica has a crew of five working on
productions, including a production van that followed her on her speaking
engagements. When she learned that her tapes would only be aired once, she
realized she needed a network to maintain a Catholic presence on the