Canton: Thousands honor nun who founded TV network

8:58 PM, Oct 10, 2010   |    comments
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The network's foundress was the focus of a special live EWTN network broadcast tribute Saturday night from the Canton Civic Center.

Mother Angelica, born Rita Rizzo in Canton in 1923, established EWTN, which is now the largest religious media organization in the world, some 30 years ago.

She was not able to attend the tribute, which was held during her network's "Family Celebration," due to ill health. She resides at her religious order's mother house in Birmingham, Alabama, where the network is based.

On Saturday, Canton Mayor William Healy honored Mother Angelica by presenting network officials with newly made street signs, which will designate a portion of Market Avenue in Canton as the "Mother Angelica Memorial Corridor."

The two-day event featured network personalities and religious and inspirational speakers. Among them was Canton resident and clinical psychologist Dr. Ray Guarendi, father of 10 adopted children, and host of the EWTN Radio program The Doctor Is In.

On Sunday, as part of the Family Celebration, more than a thousand people attended Mass at the Canton Civic Center, celebrated by Youngstown's Bishop, the Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J.

EWTN decided to hold its annual Family Celebration, a convention-type event for the first time in Canton in honor of Mother Angelica. It is most often held in Birmingham, Alabama.


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