Angela of Foligno

Saint Angela of Foligno, T.O.S.F.
Angela of Foligno 1.jpg
(18th-century print)
Widow and Religious
Foligno, Holy Roman Empire
Died(1309-01-03)3 January 1309
Foligno, Papal States
Venerated inRoman Catholicism
(Third Order of St. Francis)
Beatified11 July 1701 by Pope Clement XI
Canonized9 October 2013, (equivalent canonization) by Pope Francis
Major shrineChiesa di San Francesco
Foligno, Perugia, Italy
Feast4 January (7 January in the United States)
Patronagethose afflicted by sexual temptation, widows

Angela of Foligno, T.O.S.F., (1248 – 4 January 1309) was an Italian Franciscan tertiary who became known as a mystic from her extensive writings about her mystical revelations. Due to the respect those writings engendered in the Catholic Church she became known as "Mistress of Theologians".

Angela was noted not only for her spiritual writings, but also for founding a religious community which refused to become an enclosed religious order so that it might continue her vision of caring for those in need. It is still active.

The Catholic Church declared Angela to be a saint in 2013.

Early life and conversion

A holy card depicting Saint Angela

Angela's birth date, which is not known with certainty, is often listed as 1248. She was born into a wealthy family at Foligno, in Umbria. Married, perhaps at an early age, she had several children. Angela reports that she loved the world and its pleasures.[1] Around the age of 40, she reportedly had a vision of St. Francis and recognized the emptiness of her life.[2] From that time, she began to lead a life devoted to higher perfection.

Three years later, Angela's mother died, followed, a few months later, by her husband and children.[2] With one serving woman, Masazuola, as her companion, she began to divest herself of her possessions and to live as a penitent.[3] Angela joined the Third Order of St. Francis, probably in 1291.[1] She placed herself under the direction of a Franciscan friar named Arnoldo, who would serve as her confessor.