Mother Teresa's Canonization

Mother Teresa's Canonization

I return to campus Friday and have much to say about the days of glory surrounding Mother Teresa’s canonization.

For now these photos can speak for me and give you a few glimpses of what the Lord had in store for the Ave Maria University delegation.

Sister Prema (Mother Teresa’s successor) with the President’s Medal of Ave Maria University presented by Trustees Chairman Michael Timmis, and Sister Christie (#2 counsellor) with AMU delegation

Mary Towey greeting her friend

Sister Ozana, who helped organize Mass program, meeting with Vatican official at Saturday rehearsal, with Rita Suha from Calcutta (who will represent the people the MC’s serve at the Mass procession)

The man who was healed through the intercession of Mother which led to the canonization, who, too, would be in the procession

Sister Sally, the sole survivor of the ISIS attack at the MC’s compound in Yemen in April where four Sisters were executed along with over a dozen volunteers, here with longtime  friend of Mother, Sandy McMurtrie (who donated to Ave’s museum the beautiful statue of Mother) at the rehearsal

Sunday at 7am as crowds flocked to St Peter’s Square. We moved about 20 yards in one hour as the security screening created a mess. What is Italian for “bottleneck”? I understand better the dynamics of purgatory!

My family with Sister Francesca, one of the original 12 women to join Mother in 1949

View from where I sat at Mass

My friend Michael Collopy (whose exhibition of portrait photos is now on display in the Canizaro Library) took this shot. Still am numb from this experience.

Cardinal Parolin, Secretary of State, presiding at St. Teresa of Calcutta’s first feast day Mass on Monday, the anniversary of her death in 1997

Fr. Gary (who did an AMU retreat on campus last year) after the Mass. He was with Mother when she died.

Our group yesterday in Assisi at Mary of the Angels Church (site where St. Francis established his first chancery and later died)