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Our Lady of the Angels Monastery

Mother Angelica was undaunted by the challenge of building a new monastery in the South where only 2 percent of the people are Catholic. She found that many of her neighbors in Irondale were genuinely curious and often supportive when they stopped by to see the monastery under construction; many offered material and spiritual support. By 1962, 7 sisters occupied the new structure and tried various ways to generate operating funds- discontinuing the sale of St. Peter's fishing lures so they could concentrate on roasting and selling peanuts - while remaining true to the call to the cloister and their work of prayer. Meanwhile, Mother Angelica and the Sisters prayed for guidance to find work that could be part of the mission of the Church.   

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