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Feast of St. Teresa of Calcutta

September 5 @ 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

On June 13, 1988, Mother Teresa visited the Blue Army Shrine and, after the conclusion of her talk, graciously signed the Blue Army Pledge, making a commitment to Our Lady’s requests at Fatima. 

The life of Mother Teresa was an exceptional one. Born as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Macedonia in the year 1910, a young Agnes demonstrated devotion to her faith when she received First Holy Communion at age 5 and was confirmed in 1916. When she was eight, her father passed away, leaving her family to struggle financially.

Actively involved in the Jesuit parish of the Sacred Heart, Agnes was moved to missionary work and at age 18, left for Dublin, Ireland where she joined the Sisters of Loreto and adopted the name Sister Mary Teresa after St. Therese of Lisieux. A year later, she went to Calcutta, India and, after making her First Profession of Vows two years later in 1931, taught at St. Mary’s school for girls. Her Final Profession of Vows were made six years later, declaring she had become “the spouse of Jesus” for “all eternity,” becoming known as Mother Teresa from then on out.

On September 10, 1946, while on the train from Calcutta to Darjeeling, Mother Teresa was so overcome with Jesus’ thirst and love for souls and was begged by Christ to “Come be my Light” because “I cannot go alone.” Christ asked Mother Teresa to establish a religious community for the poorest people, which became the Missionaries of Charity. On August 17, 1948, dressed in a white, blue-bordered sari, she left the Loreto covenant to dedicate herself to a life of serving the poor.

During her first visit to the slums of Calcutta, Mother Teresa received Holy Communion every morning before taking her Rosary with her to tend to the poor. She took care of them in ways most people would not, including cleaning sores of children. Former students began to join her.

The Missionaries of Charity was officially established in the Archdiocese of Calcutta on October 7, 1950 and, in the early 60s, Sisters began to spread across India. Pope Paul VI urged Mother Teresa to establish a house in Venezuela, which began the global spread of the Missionaries of Charity. In the 1980s-90s, Mother Teresa successfully opened houses in the vast majority of communist countries, such as the former Soviet Union and Cuba.

Mother Teresa also founded the Missionaries of Charity Brothers (1963), the contemplative branch of Sisters (1976) followed by the Contemplative Brothers (1979), and the Missionaries of Charity Fathers (1984).

Mother Teresa was well-know world wide, not only to people of the Catholic faith and inspired thousands. In 1979, she was awarded the Noble Peace Prize.

On September 5, 1997, Mother Teresa passed away and almost immediately, the site of her tomb became a popular pilgrimage for people of all different backgrounds. She was beatified by Pope John Paul II on October 19, 2003 and in 2016, following the confirmation of the second miracle attributed to her (the miraculous curing of a Brazilian man with tumors), she was canonized by Pope Francis.

Daily Prayer of St. Teresa of Calcutta

Dear Jesus, help me to spread Thy fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with Thy spirit and love. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of Thine. Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Thy presence in my soul. Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus. Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as you shine, so to shine as to be a light to others. Amen.



September 5
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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