In 1981, Mother Angelica, a cloistered Franciscan nun, launched what has become the largest religious media network in the world; Eternal Word Television Network. EWTN now reaches 264 million homes in 145 countries and over 700 million homes with AM, FM, shortwave radio and internet.
It all began in 1923 in a small home in the southeast end of Canton, Ohio. Born Rita A. Rizzo, the future Mother Angelica, grew up in a working class neighborhood during the Roaring Twenties a block away from her parish church.
Young Rita had a difficult childhood. Her father, John abandoned the family before Rita was five years old. Divorce soon followed. Life was a struggle for Rita and her mother. Rita’s years of trial were compounded by a debilitating stomach ailment until she was healed by Jesus through a woman named Rhoda Wise. That healing set her life on a course that would ultimately change the world........ Come and see where it all began.
LOCAL TOURS for the current season are shown below:
Your day starts at St. Raphael Center with Holy Mass in the Mary, Ark of the Covenant Chapel. You will then board the bus and go on an amazing journey through the early life of Mother Angelica:
- St. Anthony Catholic Church - where she was baptized and spent her childhood
- Rhoda Wise House and Grotto - where she was healed as a teenager
- Rhoda Wise grave
- St. Peter Catholic Church
- Sancta Clara Monastery - where Mother professed final vows
Recitation of the rosary after lunch and time for prayer, meditation and shopping in our gift shop. We also have an outdoor Lourdes shrine and rosary garden.
SORRY NO CHILDREN ARE ALLOWED ON THE TOUR.Local tours take place monthly during tour season where you will board our bus. Another option is to bring a group on your own bus and our local tour guide will board your bus. We'll handle every detail of your trip from the time you enter Canton until you return home. Day trips are 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Tour season is Monday through Friday--May 1st to Oct. 31st. See our Tour Calendar. Tours can be scheduled on Tuesdays or Thursdays.
For details call St. Raphael Center 1.800.548.8270 and ask for Barbara.
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Come and see where it all began...
Take an amazing journey through the early life of Mother Angelica, Canton, Ohio’s own Rita Rizzo.
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