by Frank DeRosa, When Dr. George V. Lombardi traveled to Rome for the Sept. 4 canonization of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, he carried with him the memory of two women Religious whose impact on him was life-changing: one, his parochial school teacher in Queens; the other, the founder of the Missionaries of Charity herself.
With a large tapestry bearing the portrait of the woman known as the “Saint of the Gutters” suspended above him, Pope Francis proclaimed the sainthood of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, hailing her courage and love for the poor.
Missionaries of Charity nuns present a relic of St. Teresa of Calcutta as Pope Francis celebrates the canonization Mass of Mother Teresa in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Sept. 4.
This past Sunday, we watched the canonization of a saint of our lifetime, Mother Teresa of Calcutta. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that she was a living icon of the love and mercy and peace that is our Lord Jesus Christ.
Mother Teresa was the commencement speaker at Cathedral College, Douglaston, in 1976. On that day, two graduates who are now priests in the Diocese of Brooklyn had their picture taken with her.
The Sisters of the Visitation, a semi-cloistered contemplative community in Bay Ridge, are observing the canonization of Mother Teresa this weekend by remembering the visit she paid to Visitation Monastery in 1986.
NET-TV plans a number of programs this weekend, Sept. 3-5, to commemorate the canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
I am embarrassed to say that the Church’s newest soon-to-be saint is not someone on my list of go-to saints.
As Mother Teresa is raised to the dignity of sainthood this weekend, memories of her visits to Brooklyn are still vivid in our minds. The Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by Mother Teresa, have two convents here in Brooklyn. One is located in Our Lady of Victory parish, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and the other is a contemplative house in Our Lady of Lourdes, Bushwick.
Blessed Teresa of Kolkata came to The Catholic University of America 45 years ago to receive her first honorary degree. If I’d been president of our school at the time I would have tried hard to get a picture of her in a Catholic University sweatshirt.