Today, on the 15th anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa, David Van Biema writes on the ministry of the Missionaries of Charity in Latin America in our online Books & Culture section. Van Biema is the author of the illustrated biography Mother Teresa: The Life and Works of a Modern Saint, now available in Spanish as La Madre Teresa: La Vida y las obras de un santa moderna:

The Blessed Mother Teresa—born 102 years ago in August, died 15 years ago in September, beatified nine years this October—founded her order, the Missionaries of Charity, in India. But as soon as the Missionaries were allowed by church law to expand beyond India, the very first place Teresa went—at the invitation of the local bishop—was to Cocorote in Venezuela’s Zona Negra.

Over time she was invited into almost every Latin American country, starting with Mexico in 1976, El Salvador in 1977, Argentina and Panama in 1978, Brazil, and Peru in 1979. By the time of her death the Missionaries had foundations in 65 cities and towns from Santiago, Chile, north to Tijuana—as well as in areas with large Latino populations in the United States.

Read the full article here. Also available in Spanish via the Archdiocese of Washington's Spanish language Web site. Van Biema also spoke to Kerry Weber about Mother Teresa on our podcast last month.

Tim Reidy

 

Comments

J Cosgrove | 9/5/2012 - 6:00pm
I am at a conference as a vendor.  I was at the same conference 15 years ago when the fellow in the next booth said that Mother Teresa just died.  It got almost no mention in the news because the whole world was aghast over the death of Princes Di only a few day before.


We both said it was a shame that no one was paying attention because of the clamor over the sudden and bizarre death of Diana.  He said to me that  maybe in about 15-20 years people will be talking more of Mother Teresa's death than Princes Diana.  We are almost there.  Didn't see anything about the anniversary of Diana's death but I wasn't really looking.