Category: Historical & Cultural

Mother Angelica Local Tour

Next Upcoming Date: Tuesday, September 10 2019

Location Information

Location: St. Raphael Center & Bookstore 4365 Fulton Dr NW Canton OH 44718
4365 Fulton Dr NW
Canton, Ohio

Contact Information

Name: Barbara Gaskell
Phone: 1.800.548.8270

The Mother Angelica Tour will teach about the life of Canton native and the foundress of the Eternal World Television Network (EWTN), Mother Angelica (Rita Rizzo). Those interested should visit to book their journey to Canton.

The tour begins with Mass at the Mary Ark of the Covenant Chapel at the St. Raphael Bookstore located at 4365 Fulton Dr. N.W. in Canton. The pilgrims of the tour will depart and make their way through downtown Canton with their first being 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 by the mystic and stigmatic, Servant of God Rhoda Wise. Pilgrims head back to the St Raphael Bookstore for an Italian lunch from That Little Italian Kitchen. At this time, the pilgrims can pray the Rosary, can browse the Catholic bookstore and can walk to the new Lourdes Grotto.


St. Peter Catholic Church is the first stop after lunch and promises those in attendance architectural splendor. This church is where both Rita Rizzo and Servant of God Rhoda Wise attended Mass. The tour bus heads up Cleveland Ave. towards the burial place of Servant of God Rhoda Wise, her husband and daughter Anna Mae. 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 the 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. 

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Upcoming Dates For This Event:
  • Tuesday, September 10
  • Tuesday, October 8
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The tour begins with Mass at the Mary, Ark of the Covenant Chapel at St. Raphael Center. Pilgrims will depart and make their way…