St. Francis church in the snow in February

St. Teresa of Calcutta

Saint Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997)

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop
-Saint Teresa of Calcutta

St. Teresa of Calcutta, also known as Mother Teresa, was most known for her devotion to the sick and poor in India. Born in Macedonia, Mother Teresa was always called to missionary work. She moved to India when she was 19 years old to teach at St. Mary’s school for girls and to be-come a nun. Mother Teresa became well known at the school for her hard work, unselfishness, courage, charity and joy. During a train ride in 1946 Mother Teresa received a vision of Jesus. In this vision he asked her to establish a religious community that would serve the poorest of the poor. Two years later Mother Teresa was given permission to start the Missionaries of Charity. Mother Teresa devoted her life to the sick and poor in the slums of Calcutta and many others were inspired by her service. At the time of her death she had established over 610 foundations in 123 different countries with over 4,000 members. Mother Teresa’s feast day is September 5th and she is the patron saint of World Youth Day and Calcutta.


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