August 26, 2016

Mass in honor of Mother Teresa’s canonization set for Sept. 5 in Indy

By Natalie Hoefer

Blessed Teresa of CalcuttaIn recognition of the Sept. 4 canonization of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, founder of the Missionaries of Charity religious order, Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin will celebrate a special Mass of Thanksgiving for the Missionaries of Charity in Indianapolis at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral, 1347 N. Meridian St., in Indianapolis, at 5:15 p.m. on Sept. 5—the feast day of St. Teresa of Calcutta.

Following the prayer after Communion, a relic will be present for veneration. It will also remain in the cathedral for a short time after Mass for veneration.

A reception will be held after the liturgy at the Knights of Columbus McGowan Hall at 1305 N. Delaware St. in Indianapolis.

(Related: How has Mother Teresa touched your life?)

“We are so excited, it’s hard to express in words,” said a beaming Missionaries of Charity Sister M. Salvinette, superior of the sisters’ home on the east side of Indianapolis, about the canonization.

The Missionaries of Charity established their Indianapolis home in the boundaries of St. Philip Neri Parish in June of 2000. Currently, there are four sisters there.

The sisters operate a shelter for homeless women, make weekly prison visits, visit the residents of four nursing homes, teach catechism classes at St. Philip and visit the parish shut-ins.

“Her life was always one with Jesus,” said Missionaries of Charity Sister M. Marlene, who traveled with Mother Teresa when the diminutive nun would visit the U.S. “She was a holy person. She had love for everyone and respect for everyone. She was a living saint.” †

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