Mother Angelica

  • by Raymond Arroyo
  • Narrated by Raymond Arroyo
  • 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Born Rita Rizzo in Canton, Ohio, Mother Angelica was abandoned by her father and raised in poverty by a mother who suffered suicidal depressions. Awakened to the power of prayer, at age 21 Rita vowed to dedicate her life to God and become a cloistered nun. She expected to spend her life hidden from the world. But Rita's faith compelled her to unlikely endeavors, accomplishing what the highest echelon of the Catholic Church could not.
This engrossing biography traces Mother Angelica's tortured rise to success and exposes for the first time the fierce opposition she faced, inside and outside of her church. It is an inspiring story of survival and proof that one woman's faith can move more than mountains.

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What the Critics Say

"In Raymond Arroyo's entertaining Mother Angelica, she emerges as a daring entrepreneur who really did do it all for God." (Wall Street Journal)
"Mother Angelica...may well be the patron saint of CEOs. Buy this book and be inspired." (Lee Iacocca)
"A rattling good story of fear, faith, courage and bulldog tenacity--beautifully told." (George Weigel, author of Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II)

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Sainthood forthcoming

Compelling story of true faith that God shall provide. I especially liked the fact Mother never worked with a budget because it it would limit her donations. Simply amazing how all of Mothers projects like launching two international media entities ( cable station EWTN and radio WEWN) without one dime from the church then go onto to build a 50 million dollar monastery in Alabama of all places!

I admire her tenacity to stand up to US bishops and how she refused to give up her devotion to Jesus in the Eucharist. Honestly Mother Angelica was a modern day disciple of Christ. Hearing her story is truly faith confirming to me as a recent RCIA and Extraordinary Minister student. She exemplifies what it means to evangelize and devote your life to Jesus.

A trip to Alabama is on my bucket list because of her story. Thank you Mother for all you've done to preserve the first church of Christ.
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- HappyHomemaker

Whatever else you do, you owe it to yourself...

If you could sum up Mother Angelica in three words, what would they be?

An astounding testament.


Have you listened to any of Raymond Arroyo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Raymond Arroyo's performance is incredible, as his quotes take on the voices of their subjects in a way that is both apt, illuminative, and always entertaining.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book actually made me both laugh and tear up.


Any additional comments?

The book is truly an action-packed 333 pages, and the audible rendering stands wonderfully on its own.

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- Robert R. Kunz Jr. "rrk"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-08-2010
  • Publisher: Servant Books