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Arlington’s connection with Mother Angelica and EWTN

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The Arlington Diocese has had a strong connection with Mother Angelica and the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) over the years.

Bishop Thomas J. Welsh, Arlington's founding bishop, was a frequent guest on "Mother Angelica Live," the nightly program she hosted until her health started to deteriorate. Bishop Welsh led a strong lobbying campaign with local cable outlets in the diocese in an attempt to get them to carry the 24-hour Catholic cable network.

Father William Most, a professor at the Notre Dame Institute (now a graduate school operated by Christendom College in Front Royal), was a popular guest on EWTN during the 1980s. Timothy O'Donnell, president of Christendom College, has hosted several series on EWTN, focusing primarily on the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Bishop John R. Keating, Arlington's second bishop, wrote "A Pastoral Letter on Reverence for the Eucharist" in December 1988. Mother Angelica asked him if he would host a panel discussion on the letter that EWTN taped in January 1989 and aired March 28.

Bishop Keating, in conjunction with Linda McMahon and the Brent Society, hosted the program at St. Ambrose Church in Annandale. The panel included Mother Claudia, former superior general of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and a regular columnist for the Catholic Herald, and Carmen Egge, a parishioner of St. Agnes Church in Arlington.

Bishop Paul S. Loverde has been a frequent guest on EWTN as well, most recently discussing his pastoral letters "Go Forth with Hearts on Fire" and "Bought with a Price."

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2016