Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata (Calcutta) will be canonized on
September 4, 2016.
She was of Albanian decent, born on August 26, 1910 in Skopje (now called Mecedonia) and named Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. As a young missionary sister, she began her work in Calcutta in 1929. Her works of mercy earned her many honors including the 1971 Pope John XXIII Peace Prize, 1973 Templeton Prize for “Progress in Religion,” 1979 Nobel Peace Prize, 1983 Order of Merit (from Queen Elizabeth), 1987 Gold Medal of the Soviet Peace Committee and the 1997 United States Congressional Gold Medal. She founded her Missionaries of Charity in 1950 and her deep and unconditional love for the poor, at risk and abandoned of the city. This beloved saint of the gutter died September 5, 1997, at the age of 87.
On October 19, 2003, she was declared Blessed by St. Pope John Paul II. One of the faithful who will be in attendance at her canonization in Rome will be our Minister Provincial, the Very Reverend Fr. James McCurry, OFM Conv., who shared a unique friendship with Mother Teresa.
Father James McCurry, O.F.M.Conv., is also the past-president of the Mariological Society of America, former National Director of the Militia Immaculata in the United States, a recognized Kolbean scholar, and Mariologist, as well as a published author and guest speaker who appears regularly on EWTN.
There are many special celebrations happening in honor of Mother Teresa’s September 4th Canonization, throughout our province. At one of our newest pastoral ministry locations, St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, in Baltimore, MD, they will welcome Fr. Jack Lombardi who worked with Mother Teresa in India many years ago, to celebrate the 11:45 a.m. – September 4, 2016 Mass, at the site of the convent of the Missionaries of Charity, with refreshments to follow. The next weekend, Saturday, September 10, 2016, the canonization will be again celebrated as the Missionaries of Charity will host the 11:00 a.m. Mass to be celebrated by Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore. The sisters, invited clergy, friends and parishioners will celebrate the special Mass of Thanksgiving follwed by a luncheon and short film on the life of Mother Teresa. This event is open to all. Please call the sisters at Gift of Hope Cenvent (410-732-6056) for more information.