Teresa House is named after Mother Teresa, born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia. Mother Teresa began her religious life as a Loreto sister, beginning her studies in Dublin. She took the name Mary Teresa. But, working in a private school for girls in Calcutta for 19 years, she was moved by the condition of the people living and dying in the streets. She recognised what she described as “a call within a call”. Though a fully-professed member of the Loreto order, she was allowed to leave to found the congregation of religious sisters, the Missionaries of Charity (MC). Her first ministry was home for the dying. Riverview boys on immersion to India work with the Missionaries of Charity.
Mother Teresa was the recipient of numerous honours including the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. In 2003, she was beatified as "Blessed Teresa of Calcutta".
26 August 1910 - 5 September 1997
Feast Day - 5 September
A Daily Prayer of the Missionaries of Charity
Dear Lord, the Great Healer
I kneel before You.
Since every perfect gift must come from You.
I pray, give skill to my hands
clear vision to my mind
kindness and meekness to my heart.
Give my singleness of purpose
strength to lift up a part of the burden
of my suffering fellow men,
and a true realisation of the privilege that is mine.
Take from my heart all guile and worldliness
that with a simple faith of a child
I may rely on You.