On Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016, Mother M. Angelica Rizzo, PCPA passed away. She was the Abbess of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration in Alabama and the Foundress and first CEO of EWTN, the global Catholic television and radio network.
Several years ago she adopted a coat of arms. (below in black and white and in color) It is significant in that despite Poor Clare abbesses not making use of a crozier they are, nevertheless, entitled to use one as a heraldic emblem with the veil attached correctly. In addition, the chaplet surrounding the shield indicates the arms of a Professed Religious and the crown of thorns surrounding the shield is also common in the heraldic achievements of female religious.
May she rest in peace.
Bless you Mother Angelica. Rest in peace.
Mother Angelica is one of those blessed individuals that leaves a mark, for the better, of our kind. We had never seen her arms before, yet whomever depicted them should be commended for capturing her essence. There is something quite correct and just with the verticality of the crosier, yet the graceful undulations of her motto both nestles the shield and raises our eye towards it. A beautiful composition, and good symbol for the good Abbess who followed the light to a remote place, like the Three Magi, and from there better acquainted the world with God’s message with the help of the many she touched. May her soul rest in the peace, and glory of the Lord.