Senator Enverga joins Catholics in celebrating canonization of beloved nun
Senator Enverga joined Roman Catholics all across Canada in celebrating the canonization of Saint Teresa of Calcutta on Sunday 4 September 2016.
“Filipinos, by nature, are a deeply religious people, as can be seen in our church-based communities here in Canada,” Senator Enverga said. “We pass on our faith and traditions from one generation to another, and this holds true for Filipinos all across Canada.”
Born in Skopje, Macedonia, on 26 August 1910, Saint Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation which has chapters in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Members of the order take a vow to wholeheartedly serve people, including refugees, prostitutes, the mentally ill, sick and abandoned children, the elderly, lepers and people suffering from AIDS. The order runs schools using volunteers, soup kitchens, as well as provides housing for women, orphaned children and the dying.
She was adored by those she spent her life serving in Calcutta, India, where she was given a state funeral following her death in 1997.
Canadians were honoured with four visits by Saint Teresa, including in Toronto in 1985, where she opened a convent in St. Sebastian’s Parish.
Photo courtesy of the Archdiocese of Toronto.