Mother Teresa - Catholic Church of Montreal

Mother Teresa

"By blood, I am Albanian.
By citizenship, an Indian.
By faith, I am a Catholic nun.
As to my calling, I belong to the world.
As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus."

Mother Teresa of Kolkata

Pope Francis has scheduled Mother Teresa's canonization on September 4. This event will remain a milestone at the heart of the Year of Mercy, enriching it with even more meaning.

Saint John Paul II had already identified her as the "great servant of the poor" and an "icon of the Good Samaritan" who "travelled all over the world to be close to the poorest of the poor" Mother Teresa embodies this "revolution of tenderness" that Pope Francis has striven to raise.

She was born from Albanian parents on August 26, 1910, in the Balkans. She arrived in Calcutta to teach in 1929, founding there, almost twenty years later, the Missionaries of Charity. Today, this congregation has 5,000 members in over 130 countries.

The aura of this Indian nun of small stature wearing a white sari with a blue border, stretches largely beyond the boundaries of the Catholic world, and has been doing so for a long time. For example, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. She entered Eternal Life on September 5, 1997, which became her liturgical feast day.

Official Biography

This luminous messenger of God's love was born on 26 August 1910 in Skopje, a city situated at the crossroads of Balkan history. The youngest of the children born to Nikola and Drane Bojaxhiu, she was baptised Gonxha Agnes.

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Mother Teresa photo album

Archival documents, images of Mother Teresa, here is a photo album you should see!

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Mother Teresa visits Montreal

Mother Teresa of Kolkata's canonization coincides with the 30th anniversary of her first visit to Montreal. After a stop in Quebec City and before a visit to the United States, Mother Teresa spent most of the day of 12 June 1986 in our diocese.

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Canonization Mass of Blessed Mother Teresa

Pope Francis presides over Holy Mass and the Canonization of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, in Rome.


Mother Teresa's Journey of Grace

Agnes had a special interest in missionary service. As a young girl she eagerly absorbed any news of missionary activity. Whenever she heard of a new missionary endeavor, she would locate the mission site on a map of the world that hung in her house and record little notes next to it.

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