A Letter from Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, archbishop of New York and the chair of the board of directors of Catholic Relief Services
Today we celebrate the 100th birthday of a remarkable person who served as an example of complete and selfless commitment to the poor and needy around the world. While she lived a modest and humble life, Blessed Mother Teresa’s words and actions changed the hearts and minds of countless people by dramatically living out the Lord’s command to “love one another as I have loved you.”
The Missionaries of Charity have grown from a dedicated few serving the poorest of the poor in Calcutta during the 1950’s to over 4,500 sisters who tirelessly work in 133 countries. It is not easy for those who dare to join the Missionaries of Charity and dedicate their lives to caring for others and leading the life exemplified by Blessed Mother Teresa. However, those who do soon demonstrate a sincere joy in their hearts and recognize the privilege of serving others in dire need.
Catholic Relief Services is blessed to have worked with Blessed Mother Teresa in the past and will continue to assist the Missionaries of Charity, now led by Sister Mary Prema, in their future endeavors. Over the past 60 years, programs supported by the Missionaries of Charity and Catholic Relief Services have provided healthcare, clothing, and food supplements to hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children. Many have attended school, learned a trade, and earned an income. All have received hope, dignity, and love.
It is my own fervent desire that the spirit of Blessed Mother Teresa will continue to flourish in all who serve the poor and underprivileged. May God bless you as we join with you from around the world to celebrate the life of Blessed Mother Teresa and reflect on our lives in service to others.
Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan
Archbishop of New York
Chair, Catholic Relief Services
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