Mission & History of EWTN
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What is EWTN's Mission?
EWTN Global Catholic Network is dedicated to teaching the truth as defined by the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church. In keeping with St. John Paul II's call for a New Evangelization, EWTN's mission is to communicate the teachings and the beauty of the Catholic Church and to help people grow in their love and understanding of God and His infinite mercy.
HOW DID THE NETWORK BEGIN?
In the early 1960's, at the invitation of the local Bishop, Mother Angelica, a cloistered Franciscan Poor Clare nun, founded a monastery in Irondale, AL, a suburb of Birmingham. The first step in her evangelization efforts was to write a series of "mini-books" on a variety of religious themes. As their popularity grew, the monastery acquired its own printing press to print them and began to distribute them across the country.
HOW DID THIS EVOLVE INTO A TELEVISION NETWORK?
The popularity of the mini-books led to many requests for speaking engagements by Mother Angelica, which evolved into a series of her talks being taped at a local television station. Eager to bring this message to a much wider audience, the idea of a Catholic television network was born.
It began in 1981 when Mother stepped out in faith and transformed the garage of her monastery into a TV studio. Today, through God's Providence and those supporting Mother's mission with prayer and financial sacrifices, that humble beginning in 1981 has become EWTN, which now reaches more than 230 million homes in more than 140 countries and territories worldwide.
IS EWTN ONLY A TELEVISION CHANNEL?
No. EWTN has grown and is now the world's largest Catholic media network, consisting of eleven television networks, three radio networks, a worldwide short-wave radio station, Internet website www.ewtn.com, electronic and print news services, and a publishing arm.