The Mother Angelica Award was created to honor an individual or organization that most exemplifies the ideals and characteristics of an apostle of the New Evangelization. It is EWTN’s intention to present this award on an annual basis.

In 1983, Pope John Paul II brought forth the idea of a new evangelization. He stated in Redemptoris Missio “I sense that the moment has come to commit all of the Church’s energies to a new evangelization and to the mission ad gentes. No believer in Christ, no institution of the Church can avoid this supreme duty: to proclaim Christ to all peoples.” He further stated in Ecclesia in America, “it is more necessary than ever for all the faithful to move from a faith of habit, sustained perhaps by social context alone, to a faith which is conscious and personally lived. The renewal of faith will always be the best way to lead others to the Truth that is Christ."

Mother Angelica began EWTN and built the Network to directly address the need and the call of the Holy Father to bring the faith to those in most need of evangelization. Her goal was to bring the faith right into people’s homes and to promote all who were during similar work in line with the true teachings of the Church.

Mother Angelica was a pioneer in the New Evangelization and this award seeks to honor those who worked with that same vigor and spirit to glorify God and to make his son, The Eternal Word, known to all the world.

2021 Mother Angelica Award Recipient

The Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia

More than any other bishop in the United States during the Pontificate of John Paul II, Archbishop Chaput answered the call of the New Evangelization. It is for this reason, EWTN has selected him to receive The First Annual Mother Angelica Award

Mother Mary Angelica, PCPA

Foundress, EWTN Global Catholic Network and Our Lady of the Angels Monastery