St Teresa of Kolkata’s birthday not forgotten by Missionaries of Charity
Missionaries of Charity nuns in India celebrated the birthday of their order’s founder, St Teresa of Kolkata, three years after her canonisation, breaking a Catholic convention.
Archbishop Thomas D’Souza of Kolkata led a Mass on Monday 26th August marking the 109th anniversary of the saint’s birth in the headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity in the eastern city, formerly known as Calcutta, ucanews.com reported.
Soon after the Mass, about 300 women religious and novices sang Happy Birthday at the tomb of their founder, popularly known as Mother Teresa.
The saint’s birthday was a major celebration in the house when she was alive, and the nuns continue to celebrate it even after her death in 1997 and canonisation in 2016.
In Catholic tradition, only a saint’s feast day – normally the anniversary of death – is celebrated, not the birth anniversary. The day of death is believed to be the day of a saint attaining a heavenly life.
Senior members of the order told ucanews.com that the congregation continues to celebrate Mother Teresa’s birthday because no-one told them to stop the practise, and they do not find anything wrong in doing so.
Picture: Members of the Missionaries of Charity attend a service marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata in this 26th August 2010 file photo. (CNS photo/Deshakalayan Chowdhur, Reuters pool).Tags: birthday, Kolkata, Missionaries of Charity, Mother Teresa, St Teresa, St Teresa of Kolkata