Birmingham, Ala., Sep 8, 2016 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The life and legacy of Mother Angelica will be the focus of EWTN Global Catholic Network’s family celebration in Birmingham Sept. 17-18.
“This year’s EWTN Family Celebration is our first since the death of Mother Angelica and provides us with an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the extraordinary life of Mother and what she meant to her EWTN family and to the world," said EWTN chairman Michael P. Warsaw.
The free event will take place at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex. On Saturday evening there will be a recording of EWTN’s “Family Talk Live” with Fr. Joseph Mary Wolfe and Warsaw. “We will share our memories, and answer audience questions about the nun whose faithfulness to God left a legacy of which all of us can be proud,” Warsaw said.
Other speakers include EWTN personalities such as Raymond Arroyo, lead anchor of “The World Over”; Johnnette Benkovic, host of “Women of Grace”; Jim and Joy Pinto, hosts of “At Home with Jim and Joy”; EWTN regular guest and producer Father Wade L. J. Menezes, C.P.M.; and Chris Stefanick, host of “Real Life Catholic.” Doug Keck, EWTN president, will also speak.
Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 10 a.m. with the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word. Sunday Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. by Bishop Robert Baker of Birmingham and the Franciscan missionaries. Attendees can meet with EWTN hosts and the Franciscan friars.
There will be a special opportunity for children to visit EWTN’s Faith Factory with Rob Evans (the Donut Man) and Brother Leo. Other featured events include a “Meet the Author” session with EWTN authors near the EWTN Religious Catalogue Shop. There will be opportunities for confession and Eucharistic Adoration throughout the weekend.
EWTN’s founder, Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, passed away on Easter Sunday this year at the age of 92.
The Family Celebration website is at http://www.ewtn.com/familycelebration/