Story of EWTN

A network of miracles

When Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) was launched on 15 August, 1981, many felt there would be little demand for a Catholic network. In fact, when Mother Angelica, a cloistered nun, fulfilled a promise to our Lord in the early 1960s by founding Our Lady of Angels Monastery in Irondale, Alabama, she had no idea she would one day found the largest religious media network in the world.

Who could have imagined that a cloistered nun would found a global television network? Who could have predicted that a network funded entirely by donations from "people in the pews" instead of advertising would become the largest religious media network in the world? Yet that is the story behind the EWTN Global Catholic Network.