Teresa

Saint Mother Teresa in the Holy Land


SISTER JOAN
Missionaries of Charity
“Mother always taught us through her example. She taught more with her testimony than with her words: she evidently practiced what she preached.”

These are Sister Joan’s words. Sister Joan is a member of the Missionaries of Charity and personal friend of Mother Teresa. She brought a relic of the Saint of the Poor to the altar of St. Saviour in Jerusalem on September 18, at the Thanksgiving Mass for the canonization of Mother Theresa that took place on September 4 at the Vatican.

SISTER JOAN
Missionaries of Charity
“In 1965 I went to India for the Eucharistic Congress, I met her and I decided to join her. She did everything, every single action, for Jesus and urged us to continue to do so in our lives.”
Mother Teresa was born in Albania in 1910 and took the veil as a postulant at 18, immediately before her transfer to India. The charity she founded crossed, in a few years, the borders of Calcutta: after the approval of Pope Paul VI in 1964, the number of followers of her religious order increased from a few hundred to more than 5,000, with 750 homes around the world, even in the Holy Land.

H.E. Mons. WILLIAM SHOMALI
Patriarchal Vicar of Jerusalem and Palestine
“Santa Teresa of Calcutta was present here today. She came to visit us 30 years ago and she continues to be present through her sisters in Nablus, Gaza, Bethlehem and Jerusalem. They also have two communities in Jordan. Her presence, therefore, continues through her intercession and example. ”

Fr. FIRAS HIJAZIN, OFM

Latin parish priest of Jerusalem
“The help of Sisters of Mother Teresa in this parish is immensely valuable: their loving service to the poor and to all those in need in their communities reminds us that Mother Teresa is present among us. We thank God for Saint Mother Theresa and we hope to have other saints like her.”

The packed church during the Mass concelebrated by Bishop Shomali and the Custos of the Holy Land Francesco Patton along with a dozen priests is only a sign of affection and gratitude that connects ordinary people to Mother Theresa and to her sisters.

SISTER JOAN
Missionaries of Charity
“We thank God for the gift of our dear mother to the Holy Mother Church, and especially for the gift of showing us the relationship of Jesus with the poor. She taught us how to see Jesus in the poor, in every person we meet. Mother taught us through her example and we hope to continue what she started with great love and joy.”