EWTN reaches 1 million subscribers.
March 26, 1983
Mother Angelica receives the Italian-American
Woman of the Year Award.
May 7, 1983
Mother Angelica receives an Honorary Degree in
Sacred Theology from Steubenville University and gives the commencement
August 15, 1983
First live program airs, celebrating the
Network's second anniversary.
September 7, 1983
Mother Angelica and the Nuns make a recording
in Nashville, Tennessee.
October 4, 1983
Live shows begin on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and
Thursdays and included such long-standing EWTN favorites as Father Harold
Cohen, Father Mitch Pacwa, and Babsie Bleasdale during the first year.
December 7, 1983
Mother Angelica tells an EWTN carpenter to tie
white rags on all the trees that needed to be cut down where she
envisioned building a new studio. People began to ask questions, including
some visiting bishops. Mother Angelica said she wanted the Lord to look
down and see she needed a larger studio. One bishop asked if it was
working, and she replied, "It doesn't hurt to remind Him." A friend
came by and asked about the rags and then donated $50,000 to start the