Gonxha Bojaxhiu was born in 1910 in Skopje, Macedonia. As a teen, she joined
the Sisters of Loreto and took the name Teresa. She eventually came to work as
a missionary sister in India, where she taught in a Catholic school.
traveling by train to Darjeeling for a retreat, Sr. Teresa heard her call from
God to help the poorest of the poor in the streets. In 1948, she left the
Sisters of Loreto, received basic medical training, and then ventured out into
the streets of Calcutta. In 1949, a group of young women whom she had
previously taught joined her, and in the following year the Vatican gave her
permission to start the congregation of the Missionary Sisters of Charity. Her
congregation grew rapidly. She opened houses in other parts of India and
eventually all over the world.
Teresa credited the sisters’ time before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament with
their increase in vocations. The hour visits each day gave them the grace to
fulfill their mission of going out into the streets and serving the poor and
the sick. Mother Teresa also believed that, by visiting Jesus in Eucharistic
Adoration, we join with others all over the world in praying for the peace and
salvation of all the world.
1973, during the General Chapter of our congregation, there was a unanimous
cry, “We want daily adoration of the Blessed Sacrament!”
have much work to do for the poor. Still we have not had to cut back on our
work in order to have that hour of adoration. (Often this is the excuse some
people give for not having adoration every day.)
can tell you I have seen a great change in our congregation from the day we
started having adoration every day. Our love for Jesus is more intimate. Our
love for each other
is more understanding. Our love for the poor is more compassionate. And we have
twice as many vocations. (Amazing Graces)
First Friday of the month we are fortunate to have Eucharistic
Adoration in the Chapel next to our Church. Also, we have a twenty-four
hour Adoration Chapel on the campus at our High School. These places of
opportunity to spend time with Jesus are well visited. May we visit often and see the "change" in our communities as we share a "more intimate" love for Jesus.