ANGELA DEI MERICI (Saint) Virgin (May 31) (16th century) The foundress of the Ursuline Order of nuns, which originally was composed of women vowed to devote themselves to the care of the distressed of their sex, under the patronage of Saint Ursula. It has since developed into a Congregation of Sisters spread over the world, and singularly popular in North America as school-mistresses. Saint Angela was born near Brescia in Lombardy, and passed to a better life four years after the definite establishment of her Order (A.D. 1474). She was canonized A.D. 1807. The day of her death was January 27; but the Holy See has ordered her Feast to be kept on May 31. Her emblem is a ladder raised on high, up which maidens are ascending.