Angela Merici (1474? - 1540) was an Italian religious leader and saint born in Desenzano del Garda, province of Brescia. She founded the Order of Ursulines in 1535 in Brescia, Italy. Angela Merici was beatified in 1768 by Clement XIII and canonized in 1807 by Pius VII. She is buried in the Church of St. Afra at Brescia and her Catholic feast day is January 27.
- Saint Angela's entry in The Catholic Encyclopedia