About the upcoming Canonisation of Mother Teresa

Message of Sr. Prema, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity, on the occasion of the Kolkata (Calcutta) Celebrations
in Thanksgiving of Mother Teresa's Canonisation

With great joy we are looking forward to the celebrations of Mother's sainthood. It will be a moment when gathered around Mother we shall have an experience of universal family of the children of the one Heavenly Father. The difference of caste, creed, colour, rich, poor will not prevent us from rejoicing together in the honour bestowed on Mother.

Mother is with God and as she promised us she continues to light the light of hope and peace in everyone's heart.

Today, through you and me the poorest of the poor receive God's merciful love. The sainthood of Mother inspires the people in Kolkata and all over the world to follow her example of untiring, humble, services given to individuals of everyone to one to one basis.

May we show our love for Mother by initiating her invincible faith in God's unfailing care and the dignity of each person made in the image and Kindness of God, may we honour Mother's service, 'Love begins at home' by praying together and spending time in the family.

I am grateful to Archbishop Thomas D'Souza and to all who are working hard and with amazing enthusiasm to make the right events of Kolkata's celebration something beautiful for God.

- Sr. Prema, MC

Archdiocesan events planned to celebrate the Sainthood of Mother

With thanks and humility, the Archdiocese of Calcutta will express our joy and gratitude through a series of events being planned in the run-up and aftermath of the Canonisation. Please click here to download/view a list of planned events. This list will be refreshed as and when there are changes, as we are still in the planning stages.

The Event Gallery

Please check the panels alongside for information about special initiatives and the major events of the celebrations. Panels become active when the associated event is about to begin, and will provide updated information on the particular event. For a complete schedule of major events, please download the list of planned events, as mentioned above.

For information on the global celebrations, and for detailed information on the Canonisation at Rome on September 4, 2016; (including tickets for the various Canonisation events,)
please visit the Official Website of the Missionaries of Charity. [CLICK HERE]

Mother, in life a saint; now to be Canonised.

To all those in Kolkata who knew her and met her - she captured their hearts and imagination.
Below is a brief timeline of Mother's life and work, mostly unknown to a new generation, who did not have the opportunity of meeting this wonderful and saintly person.

Beloved of the poorest of the poor... and all humanity.

Clad in a white, blue-bordered sari, she along with her sisters of the Missionaries of Charity became a symbol of love, care and compassion for the world. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, known the world over as Mother Teresa, was an Albanian-born Indian citizen who abided by her religious faith of Roman Catholicism to serve the unwanted, unloved and uncared people of the world.

One of the greatest humanitarians of the 20th century, she led all her life serving the poorest of the poor. She was a ray of hope for many, including the aged, the destitute, the unemployed, the diseased, the terminally ill, and those abandoned by their families. Blessed with profound empathy, unwavering commitment and unshakable faith since young, she turned her back to the worldly pleasures and focussed on serving the mankind ever since she was 18. After years of service as a teacher and mentor, Mother Teresa experienced a call within her religious call, which changed her course of life completely, making her what she is known as today.

On 10 September 1946, Teresa experienced what she later described as "the call within the call" while travelling by train to the Loreto convent in Darjeeling from Calcutta for her annual retreat. "I was to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them. It was an order.

To fail would have been to break the faith." One author later observed, "Though no one knew it at the time, Sister Teresa had just become Mother Teresa". She began her humanitarian work with the poor in 1948, replacing her traditional Loreto habit with a simple white cotton sari decorated with a blue border. Mother Teresa adopted Indian citizenship, spent a few months in Patna to receive a basic medical training in the Holy Family Hospital and then ventured out into the slums.

Initially, she started a school in Motijhil (Calcutta); soon she started tending to the needs of the destitute and starving. In the beginning of 1949, she was joined in her effort by a group of young women and laid the foundations of a new religious community helping the "poorest among the poor".

MT Story

Click the cover above to read a detailed story of Bl. Mother Teresa's life.

At the time of her death, Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity had over 4,000 sisters, an associated brotherhood of 300 members, operating 610 missions in 123 countries. These included hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis, soup kitchens, counselling programmes, personal helpers, orphanages and schools. The Missionaries of Charity were also aided by Co-Workers, who numbered over 1 million by the 1990s.

When Mother Teresa died on 5 September 1997, she was granted a state funeral by the Indian government in gratitude for her services to the poor of all religions in India. Her death was mourned in both secular and religious communities. In tribute, Nawaz Sharif, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, said that she was "a rare and unique individual who lived long for higher purposes. Her life-long devotion to the care of the poor, the sick, and the disadvantaged was one of the highest examples of service to our humanity." The former U.N. Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar said: "She is the United Nations. She is peace in the world."

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