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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In gratitude I thank you Mother Angelica, for your love in Christ and perseverance in bringing the Word and Light to the world. I was lost and now I am found. We never met, but we will one day. Remaining in my thoughts and prayers, I love you...

In gratitude I thank you Mother Angelica, for your love in Christ and perseverance in bringing the Word and Light to the world. I was lost and now I am found. We never met, but we will one day. Remaining in my thoughts and prayers, I love you Mother,
God's blessings be on you!

In Christ,

Velia

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Velia
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Prayers and my deepest gratitude to you for all your work for Our Lord.....He awaits you...

eugenia mary kent
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May the peace of the Lord be with you Mother during this trying moment of your life. May the good works you did while you were strong give you comfort and continue strengthen your faith in God until you receive your reward in heaven. We love you...

May the peace of the Lord be with you Mother during this trying moment of your life. May the good works you did while you were strong give you comfort and continue strengthen your faith in God until you receive your reward in heaven. We love you Mother Angelica

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Steve wachepa
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Thank you, Mother, thank you.

Gregory Boyle
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May God bless you and keep you and richly reward you for all you've done to increase the faith of others.

Janis Darley
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I believe Mother's prayers for the church have been answered via the inauguration of Pope Francis!

Bobbi Mullikin
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Mother Angelica, thank you for everything you did. And pray for me and the church of God....

Bernute Daceus
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Maybe God grant Mother Angelica quick recovery

Cecilia Muoka
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My Dad prayed the rosary with you every night up until a week or so before his death which was 5 years ago this past Sept. Thank you for praying with him!

Joanne
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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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