Mother Angelica, who spearheaded the founding of the Eternal Word Television Network, has been placed on a feeding tube as she continues to battle lingering effects of two strokes she suffered 14 years ago. She is pictured in an undated photo. CNS photo/courtesy EWTN

Mother Angelica remains on feeding tube, confined to bed at monastery

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  • November 30, 2015

HANCEVILLE, Ala. - Mother Angelica, who spearheaded the founding of the Eternal Word Television Network, has been placed on a feeding tube as she continues to battle lingering effects of two strokes she suffered 14 years ago.

A spokesman for her order, the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration at Our Lady of Angels Monastery in Hanceville, said the 92-year-old nun is doing as well as can be expected for someone her age who remains partially paralyzed.

"From what I'm told, it's not that she's completely unable to eat. It's assisting her to get the nutrients she needs," said Luke Johnasen, director of pilgrimages at the monastery.

Johnasen told Catholic News Service that she was fitted with the tube in recent weeks.

"She's had some up and downs the last few months," he said. "She's a fighter."

Johnasen added that Mother Angelica remained confined to bed, but that she acknowledges visitors to her room in the monastery.

"She's able to communicate with a squeeze of a hand, make gestures with her eyes. She acknowledges people when they're there. The nuns say she does sleep a lot," he said.

A native of Canton, Ohio, Mother Angelica launched EWTN  Aug. 15, 1981. The initiative was met with doubt from television executives who felt there was little demand for Catholic programming. The networks' web site reports that it transmits programs 24 hours a day to more than 230 million homes in 144 countries via cable and other technologies.

On her 92nd birthday in April, the sisters at the monastery said in a statement that Mother Angelica offers her suffering "all up for the Church."

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May Our Dear Lord Jesus Bless Mother Angelica..

Carolann
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God bless Mother Angelica. I will keep her in my prayers.
That woman is always working, even when confined to a bed and not speaking much! She has done much for the Church. May her angel assist her at this difficult time.
God bless.

Beeb
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Our Almighty God remember your handmaid mother Angelica who is suffering and remained confined to bed for 14 years. You know how firmly she believe in you. "God is our refuge and strength a very present help in trouble." PS 46:1. From Tanzania

Georgia Mweya
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Emmanuel is with us and with Mother Angelica

K
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May God bless and keep her. She really knew the Word of God, leading others to Him.

Nancy Vreeland
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GOD is being compassionate towards Mother Angelica, by allowing her to sleep through her pain and to be able to suffer for our lord and all who need it especially our popes. I'll pray for Peace of Mind, a Peaceful Death and Faith in GOD.

GEORGE TORRES
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If television executive feel that there is little demand for catholic programs,they are wrong.. then why are all of these other religious programs around except catholic programing.. there is no catholic programing as far as I know on...

If television executive feel that there is little demand for catholic programs,they are wrong.. then why are all of these other religious programs around except catholic programing.. there is no catholic programing as far as I know on C.B.S.,,A.B.C.,,N.B.C...WHY NOT?

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GEORGE TORRES
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Dearest mother hope you feel,better,we pray for you,everyday at the adoration chapel and church,queens parish jackson michigan

Joe pawlak
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Mother Angelica, you are truly an angel. You taught me so much, I love you dearly. May Our Lord Jesus Christ be with you now and eternity, God Bless you

Marilyn Simpson
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I am so grateful to Mother. She has inspired me more times than I can number. Her sense of humor always lifted me and gave me back my smile. My mother was a devotee until her death three years ago. I love that I have Mother leading us in...

I am so grateful to Mother. She has inspired me more times than I can number. Her sense of humor always lifted me and gave me back my smile. My mother was a devotee until her death three years ago. I love that I have Mother leading us in prayer for St.Michael and the rosary. They are my comfort

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