Mother Angelica was born in 1923 in Canton, Ohio. Her father abandoned the family when she was 5-years-old and therefore, her family struggled with poverty throughout her childhood. She became seriously ill in her teenage years but a miracle cured her. This led her to join the Poor Clares at 21-years-old. In 1961 she leaves the Poor Clares and founds Our Lady Of the Angels Monastery. They begin mini-book production but in 1978 she receives the calling to start a television ministry. 3 years later she has EWTN's first broadcast which now has 125 million home viewers.