Mother Teresa – An Inspiration to All
She was given the birth name as Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu (gonxhe means “rosebud” or “little flower” in Albanian) and was born on 26 August 1910. In her early years, she was always fascinated with the missionaries and their selfless service provided to the unfortunate in Bengal. By the young age of 12, she resolved to commit herself to a religious life.
To commemorate Mother Teresa’s canonisation, we present a video highlighting some moments of her visits to Singapore and how she has touched us all.
Missionaries of Charity
The Missionaries of Charity is a religious congregation established in 1950 by Mother Teresa. By the year 2012, The Missionaries of Charity consisted of over 4,500 religious sisters, who designate their affiliation using the order’s initials, “M.C.” at the end of their names. Members must adhere to the 4 vows of chastity, poverty, obedience and to give “wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor.”
The Missionaries of Charity provide a wide range of care and support to refugees, former prostitutes, the mentally ill, sick & abandoned children, lepers, people with AIDS and the aged. In Kolkata (Calcutta) alone, they operate 19 homes for women, orphaned children, and the dying; an AIDS hospice, a school for street children, and a leper colony. These services are freely provided to people regardless of religion or social status.
“Gift of Love” Home in Singapore
Mother Teresa came to Singapore in January 1987. Her Sisters would in time move out of their smaller Irving Road quarters, known as the Madonna Home, into their Ponggol Home.
The new Missionaries of Charity’s “Gift of Love” Home was opened on the Feast of the Annunciation of Our Lady. A crowd of about 300 coworkers, well-wishers, priests and religious, some coming from as far off as Johor Bahru, packed the small chapel of the new Home to witness the official blessing by Singapore’s Archbishop Gregory Yong and to participate in a Mass concelebrated by 14 priests. During his homily, Archbishop Yong praised the work of the Missionaries of Charity, calling them “true evangelists” because they served the “most needy” of the society.
How you can help
The Missionaries of Charity’s “Gift of Love” Home for the aged sick and destitute, managed by the MC Sisters, relies heavily on volunteers to cook, bathe and help the residents in many other ways. Social, recreational and keep-fit activities are organized for the elderly of both Homes regularly. If you have time and would like to volunteer at the home please contact them:
Sr. Carmel, MC
“Gift of Love” Home
35 Boon Lay Avenue, Singapore 649962
Holy Mass and Canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Live telecast of the Holy Mass and Canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta scheduled for Sep 4, 2016 4.30pm (Singapore Time)
Pope Francis will preside over Holy Mass and the Canonization of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, followed by the Marian prayer of the Angelus.