August 30, 2020

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St Teresa of Calcutta

Born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu on 26 August 1910 in what was Üsküp, Kosovo Vilayet, Ottoman Empire and is now Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia.

Died on 5 September 1997 in Calcutta, West Bengal, India.

Beatified on 19 October 2003 in Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City by Pope John Paul II.

Canonized on 4 September 2016 in Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City by Pope Francis.

Due to the great generosity of some parishioners and the extraordinary benevolence of the Apostolic Nuncio to Albania, The Most Rev. Charles Brown, a first-class relic of St. Teresa of Calcutta and a worthy reliquary have been procured and will be installed in the Church of St. John the Beloved.

Her mission to the poorest of the poor was one the greatest examples of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy going hand in hand. The Missionaries of Charity continue her charism to be so prayerful, so penitential, so charitable, so joyful (so authentically Christian) that those whom they serve will be drawn to the mercy of God and the sacramental life that flows from the Cross of Calvary. Holiness is inescapably apostolic.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us.

Fr. Christopher J. Pollard

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” JN 13:34-35