Mother Teresa: Saint of the Streets

Aug. 20 - Nov. 6, 2016

In September 1946, Mother Teresa received her “inspiration” to form a new religious community: “It was on this day … God gave me the ‘call within a call’ to satiate the thirst of Jesus by serving Him in the poorest of the poor.” This led to the establishment in 1950 of the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India. By the time of her death in in 1997, the religious community had spread to more than 100 other countries and Mother Teresa had received as many awards and honorary degrees in recognition of her outreach.

A new display “Mother Teresa: Saint of the Streets” honoring her efforts and the example she provided to people around the world is now open as she is universally recognized as a saint in canonization ceremonies at the Vatican, Sept. 4, 2016.

The Knights of Columbus Museum will celebrate the canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta with a series of events beginning Friday, Sept. 2, 2016.

The original of the official canonization portrait will be received at the Museum in a ceremony at 10:15 a.m. Titled “St. Teresa of Calcutta: Carrier of God’s Love,” the painting was commissioned as a gift to the Missionaries of Charity, the religious order founded in 1950 by Mother Teresa. Painted by Chas Fagan, a Yale University alumnus living in North Carolina, the portrait was selected by the Mother Teresa Center as the official image that will be draped from the façade of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City during the Sept. 4 canonization ceremony.

In addition to the painting, the Knights of Columbus has donated more than a million holy cards bearing the official image for distribution in St. Peter’s Square on canonization day. Printed at the Knights of Columbus printing plant in New Haven, an estimated 500,000 more cards are being printed for distribution by Missionaries of Charity at their various homes and centers.

Also on Sept. 2, a relic of Mother Teresa will be available for public veneration from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. The relic may be venerated Sept. 3-7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Sept. 6, when veneration will continue until 7 p.m.

The Museum will welcome Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle for a presentation on Mother Teresa’s spirituality and mission on Sunday, Sept. 4, at 2 p.m. Donna-Marie is a popular speaker and author of several books, including “Mother Teresa and Me: Ten Years of Friendship.”

The Museum’s display, “Mother Teresa: Saint of the Streets,” continues until Nov. 6; however the original painting is available to be viewed for only a limited time. It is to be formally presented at the Mother Teresa Center in Rome at an undetermined date.