27 January - Saint Angela Merici - Independent Catholic News
27 January - Saint Angela Merici - Independent Catholic News: Founder of the Ursuline nuns. St Angela was born in 1474, at Desenzano on the shores of Lake Garda near Verona in Italy. Her parents died when she was very young. She became a Franciscan tertiary with several friends, and they devoted themselves to teaching poor children. In 1535 they dedicated themselves to this work under the patronage of St Ursula, although they took no vows and wore lay clothes.