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Undoubtedly many Catholics believe that St. Ursula founded the Ursuline Order of Nuns. This may be due to the absence until now of an outstanding biography in English of the real founder- St. Angela Merici. Father Philip Caraman, the distinguished English Jesult historian, (The Other Face; Henry Morse and John Gerard) gets the record straight with this superb life of St. Angela. As the first founder of a religious Order of women in her own right, St. Angela (1474-1540) ranks with Loyola as a leading figure in the years of the Counter-Reformation. Although biographical material on St. Angola is scant, Father Caraman still manages to re-create a vivid picture of the lovely young Italian girl who folt that women could dedicate their lives to the service of God without being cloistered. He visited the country where she lived and worked and re-traced her famous journey to Holy Land. Photographs of all those places and reproductions of the existing painting of St. Angela and her family add interest to the book. Countless friends of the Ursulines -- named, incidentally, for the fourth century martyr, St. Ursula, -- will be charmed with Father Garaman's life of this too-long neglected Saint.

Pub Date: May 14th, 1964
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Co.