Mother House & Back to Delhi
It's Friday, January 14th and today we visited the Mother House of the Missionaries of Charity here in Calcutta. Bishop Ryan celebrated morning mass. We saw the many sisters, novices, and visitors from Korea, Australia, and other parts of the world who come to volunteer and participate in the mission and work of the Missionaries of Charity.
After Mass, all the novices gathered below and sang a welcome song to Bishop Ryan with their beautiful voices. We met Mother Prema who is the Superior General who served us breakfast along with two Korean priests. She told us that the order has 766 houses in 137 countries and over 5000 professed which include 245 houses in India.
After breakfast, we met Sister Gertrude who was the third sister to enter the order. We saw Mother Teresa's room where she died and prayed at her tomb.
We then said goodbye to Calcutta and flew to Delhi to continue the trip.
After arriving in Delhi, we met up with the two remaining members of our team - Jeanine Boucher-Colbert, youth program officer with CRS West and J.L. Drouard of the Archdiocese of Seattle.
In the evening, we had a home-cooked dinner at the home of Mridula Koshy and Michael Creighton, friends of Jeanine. Mridula has just published a book of short stories and Michael a book of poetry.
Posted in Immersion in India on January 16, 2011 by batton