Father Frank Pavone, national director, Priests for Life
One of my first meetings with her, and one that greatly advanced my own apostolate of Priests for Life, was when in 1994, after she had interviewed me on her live show the previous evening, she sat with me in her office and we discussed the abortion issue in the church and in the world. … Mother Angelica gave me tremendous encouragement in following this call of conscience and letting nothing deter me from it …
[Of the Shrine in Hanceville] she shared with me privately how the presence of the statue of the child Jesus in the center of the plaza represented her desire to make this a place where those who have had abortions can find healing, and a place where the dignity of the child, so under attack by abortion around the world, would be lifted up at all times at that shrine …
[Of Mother Angelica Live] She would want to greet each and every person, hear about where they were from, laugh and joke with them and encourage them, and she would do this practically right up until the very moment when the cameras went on live. [The crew would count down, and with 30 seconds to spare,] she would say with a laugh, “Well, I guess I’d better get seated.” And there was a lesson in all this. It was that when the cameras went on, she was not doing anything different than she had just been doing when the cameras were off. … The transition from off-camera to on-camera and then off again was seamless …
Finally, Mother Angelica taught me how to be faithful to the Church even when encountering opposition from within … to trust that the church is always bigger than any particular person or institution within it, and that there is always a way to work out family squabbles without leaving the family.
Patrick Madrid, author and apologist
She was very quick and very insightful with the things she would say as we discussed the faith and she took phone calls from viewers. My first book had just come out, and she made a special point of saying, “This man has a large family. Please buy his book. It will help his family.” And there was this huge outpouring of people who did do that, and I always thought it was very kind of her to think of me in that regard. She could have been talking about any number of things, but she went out of her way to say, “Here’s this family man with a wife and kids.”
Another time, I was on one of the other shows, and she came up on one of those little golf carts that they used to bring people around. And my wife and I were standing out there with Mother Angelica in the parking lot outside the studio, and it was as if Nancy and I were the only two people in the world. She could have been inside talking to anybody, but she spent 10 minutes outside asking about us and our children and what our lives were like. She met so many people and so many important people, that for her to take that time and focus on us like we were the only people in the world, I thought that said a lot about her, being very kind.
I found her to be every bit as homey and effervescent in person. She was the same in person as she was on television. She could be very reflective and very deep one moment, but also very joyful and playful and telling jokes the next minute.
Ronda Chervin, philosopher
The first time I saw Mother Angelica was at a Charismatic conference in Los Angeles where this short Franciscan Sister was telling us about her dream of starting a Catholic TV station. … My favorite memory of Mother Angelica was when she interviewed me shortly after she had the miraculous healing of her ability to walk well. Right before the program she grabbed me and danced me around full of joy at being healed in her legs.
Father Joseph Fessio, SJ, founder of Ignatius Press
When all three of the English-language Bible translations used in the U.S. came out with new editions that had been laced with politically correct “inclusive” language, I called Mother Angelica. I told her Ignatius Press was working on publishing the best of these bibles, but in the previous, standard English version. I also explained that at the time we couldn’t afford the up-front costs to do it. She asked me how much we needed. I said $100,000. She replied, “It’s on the way.” (We paid her back later.)