Archbishop Lori to mark canonization of Mother Teresa

Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori is planning to mark the canonization of Mother Teresa of Kolkata on Sunday with masses at local churches she visited in the 1990s.

Lori, who knew Mother Teresa, will celebrate a Mass on Sunday at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, where the Albanian nun attended a Mass in 1996.


Lori will celebrate another Mass on Sept. 10 for the Missionaries of Charity at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in East Baltimore, where Mother Teresa attended the dedication of a hospice for AIDS patients in 1992.

Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950 to feed, clothe and care for the poor and infirm of Kolkata, India. The congregation now numbers thousands of sisters operating schools, soup kitchens, clinics, dispensaries and hospices in more than 100 countries.


She died in 1997, was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2003, and is to be canonized — recognized as a saint — by Pope Francis in Rome on Sunday.

Mother Teresa visited Baltimore in 1992 for the dedication of the Gift of Hope hospice operated by the Missionaries of Charity.

She returned in 1996 and visited the worldwide headquarters of Catholic Relief Services and attended a Mass celebrated by Cardinal William H. Keeler. The Basilica displays a bronze bust of Mother Teresa to commemorate that visit, and has kept the pew on which she sat and prayed in a chapel under the main sanctuary.

Lori came to know Mother Teresa when he served as priest-secretary to Cardinal James Hickey, the archbishop of Washington, early in his ministry, the archdiocese said. At the time, Mother Teresa was trying to expand the presence of the Missionaries of Charity in the United States.

Lori will celebrate Mass at 10:45 a.m. Sunday at the Basilica, and at 11 a.m. Sept. 10 at St. Wenceslaus.