City of Irondale Honors EWTN Foundress With ‘Mother Angelica Way’


Irondale, AL (EWTN) – The City of Irondale, which is home to EWTN Global Catholic Network, will be honoring the Network’s iconic foundress by renaming a portion of Old Leeds Road “Mother Angelica Way.”

The public and the press are invited to attend a ceremony in which Irondale Mayor Tommy Joe Alexander and EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw will formally dedicate the portion of Old Leeds Road and unveil a new memorial sign. The ceremony, which will also include local leaders, members of the community, visitors, and EWTN employees will take place at 10 a.m. CT, Friday, Sept. 16 directly across the street from the Network’s exit onto Old Leeds Road.

Following the dedication, the public is invited to tour the Network with EWTN’s friars, and to enjoy light refreshments.

“This is a great honor to Mother Angelica,” Warsaw said. “We want to thank Mayor Alexander, the Irondale City Council, City Clerk James D. Stewart, and Irondale Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tellis Shoemaker for paying tribute to her in this way. EWTN has been pleased to make Irondale our home for over 35 years – and, with God’s grace, we intend to enjoy another 35 years in our city.”

This weekend, September 17-18, also happens to be the date of EWTN’s annual Family Celebration at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in downtown Birmingham.

“Everyone is also invited to attend this free event,” Warsaw continued, “which will honor the life and legacy of our beloved Foundress, and showcase many of our most popular television hosts.”

For further information about the Family Celebration, and a schedule of events, please visit

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 36th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 TV channels are broadcast in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 265 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. EWTN services also include radio services transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and over 500 domestic and international AM & FM radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio service; the largest Catholic website in the U.S.; electronic and print news services, including “The National Catholic Register” newspaper, and two global wire services; as well as a publishing arm.

Editor’s Note: One lane of Old Leeds Road (from Belmont Road to Grants Mill Road) will be closed from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 16. Both lanes will be closed from just before the ceremony, 9:45 a.m., until approximately 10:30 a.m.