Pope Francis will canonize Mother Teresa on Sept. 4, in Rome later this year. This day is significant because it will be during the celebration of the Jubilee for volunteers and workers of mercy and Mother Teresa has come to be a symbol of God's mercy for the poor and discarded of this world.
Mother Teresa, born Agnes Gonxha Bokaxhiu in 1910 to Albanian parents in Skopje, now part of Macedonia, joined the Sisters of Loretto when she was 17. She was eventually sent to Calcutta (now Kolkata) in India and it was here where she felt a calling to leave the walls of the convent and serve the poorest of the city. In 1950, she founded the Sisters of Charity, a religious order that takes a fourth vow to dedicate their lives in service of the poorest of the poor. It was through these actions that Mother Teresa was able to attract worldwide attention for her compassion and service to those most in need.
Mother Teresa died in 1997 and was beatified by John Paul II on Oct. 19, 2003, after a first miracle was attributed to her intercession. In 2008, a Brazilian man was healed after praying for her intercessions while combating multiple brain tumors. Approval for the validity of the second miracle was given on Dec. 17, 2015, after confirming that the disappearance of his tumors could not be explained scientifically.
May 27, 2020 - Now more than ever, we invoke God to wipe away the darkness of anxiety, allowing us to be guided by the light of Christ and to trust in God’s promise of new life. Over the last few months, our Jesuit provinces have been in a place we don’t often find ourselves, a place that saw our schools closed, parishes empty, and the halls of our retreat centers giving new meaning to the word “silent.”
May 12, 2020 - Susan Baber has been named the Associate Provincial Assistant for Secondary Education for the new USA East Jesuit Province. The new province will come into being on July 31, Susan will assume this new role in August.