Mother Angelica Tour
The tour begins with Mass at the Mary, Ark of the Covenant Chapel at St. Raphael Center. Pilgrims will depart and make their way through downtown Canton with their first stop at St. Anthony Catholic Church on 11th St. This is where Rita Rizzo was baptized, attended school and was confirmed.
Next, the tour heads to the Rhoda Wise House and Shrine located at 2337 25th St. N.E. where young Rita was healed of a stomach ailment through prayers of the mystic and stigmatist, Servant of God Rhoda Wise. Pilgrims head back to the St. Raphael Center for an Italian lunch provided by, “That Little Italian Kitchen.”
After lunch, pilgrims can pray the Rosary, browse the Catholic bookstore and walk in the new Lourdes Grotto area.
St. Peter Catholic Church is the first stop after lunch and promises those in attendance architectural splendor. Rita Rizzo and Servant of God Rhoda Wise both attended Mass here. The tour bus heads up Cleveland Ave. to the burial place of Servant of God Rhoda Wise. Sancta Clara Monastery is the final stop on the tour, which allows pilgrims to pray in silence and walk the grounds of the sprawling convent.
As a young nun, then Sister Angelica lived, prayed and worked at Sancta Clara monastery. Here, she was made her bargain with God that if she could overcome the pain in her legs and walk again that she would build him a monastery in the South. She walked. She raised money from local people and many around the country by carving and painting wooden fishing lures. They were called St. Peter’s Fishing Lure’s named for the fisherman and Apostle of Jesus Christ.
The Mother Angelica Tour was founded in 2014 and is hosted by St. Raphael Center. The tour allows people from all over the country to experience the early life of Mother Angelica. Pilgrims see many local Canton sights up close. The goal of the tour is to educate about Mother Angelica’s life and inspire others to live out their faith.