Catholic Dictionary – Angelicals


An order of nuns, following the rule of Saint Augustine, founded by Luigia di Torelli, Countess of Guastalla, about 1530. She had been married twice, but being left a second time a widow when only twenty-five years of age, she resolved to devote the rest of her life and her large fortune to the divine service.

She founded her first convent at Milan. Her religious took the name of Angelicals in order to remind themselves whenever they uttered it of the purity of the angels. Every nun adopts the name of “Angelica,” prefixing it to that of a patron saint and her family name, e.g. “Angelica Maria Anna di Gonzaga.” Their constitutions were drawn up by Saint Charles Borromeo, Archbishop of Milan.

MLA Citation

  • “angelicals”. A Catholic Dictionary, 1893. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 July 2014. Web. 5 August 2021. <>