August 30, 2017: The Missionaries of Charity congregation that St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta established to grow even in difficult areas, says its present predominant as they praised the 107th birth anniversary of the saint.
First such celebration after her canonization.
The congregation opened three more houses in May, said Sister Mary Prema, the second successor of Mother Teresa and its superior general.
The nuns opened a house in Khandamal, in eastern Indian Odisha state, where nine years back Christians saw a savage assault from Hindu radicals. Christian leaders say their people were scattered since the assault and those in the locale keep on living in fear.
The Missionaries of Charity additionally began a house in Motijhil, in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata, where Mother Teresa initially started to serve the “poorest of the poor people.” The congregation has its central headquater in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) and is where the nun died in 1997.
Sister Prema told, that the third house was opened on May 13 at the request of Pope Francis in Bajo Flores, the south zone of the Flores neighborhood of Buenos Aires. “There was need for the sisters in an area of drug abuse and unemployment,” she said.
The 63-year-old German-born nun was chosen at first in 2009 for a time of six years to succeeded Sister Nirmala Joshi, who took over from Mother Teresa in 1997.
The development of the Missionaries of Charity demonstrates that the congregation has been becoming even after the death of Mother Teresa. At the season of her death the congregation had less than 4,000 nuns in 520 convents in some 100 nations.
Presently it has 5,174 nuns in 758 houses spread crosswise over 139 nations, some of them in poverty-stricken and conflict-ridden areas.
Sister Prema talked with ucanews.com as her congregation celebrated Aug. 26 the 107the birth anniversary of Mother Teresa with prayers and flowers at her tomb within their headquarters in Kolkata.
Sister Prema said the congregation celebrated Mother Teresa’s birthday when she was alive and continues the tradition because “we feel her presence among us,” she said.
Mother Teresa was born in 1910 in Skopje, now the capital of Macedonia. She came to India in 1929 as a learner with the Loreto nuns. She left the congregation in the late 1940s and started the Missionaries of Charity in 1950.
Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa a saint Sept. 4, 2016 at the Vatican.