A day after Mother Teresa is canonized a saint in Rome, Bishop Emeritus William Curlin of the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte will speak about his friendship with the famous nun during a special Mass in her honor Monday.
The Mass will begin at 11 a.m. at Charlotte’s Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 4225 Shamrock Drive.
Mother Teresa, who died in 1997, was born in Albania, founded the Missionaries of Charity religious order, and devoted her life to helping the desperate and dying. She was based in Kolkata, India (formerly known as Calcutta).
Curlin, who led the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte from 1994 until his retirement in 2002, was close to Mother Teresa for more than 20 years, serving as spiritual adviser to her and the local Missionaries of Charity sisters.
Bishop Curlin even brought Mother Teresa to Charlotte on June 13, 1995, to attend a private dedication of her order’s convent here and lead an ecumenical prayer service that drew more than 19,000 people to the former Charlotte Coliseum.
Curlin also attended Mother Teresa’s funeral as a representative of the Catholic bishops in the United States.
On Sunday, Pope Francis celebrated a canonization Mass for St. Teresa of Kolkata in St. Peter’s Square. An estimated 120,000 people filled the square, including Charlotte artist Chas Fagan, who painted the official portrait of her for the occasion.
The Monday Mass in Charlotte will be celebrated by Bishop Peter Jugis, the diocese’s current leader. Curlin will deliver the homily, or sermon.