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Great Lives Lecture: Mother Teresa

February 3 @ 7:30 pm 9:00 pm

On November 17, 2021, in 213-0 vote, the U.S. Catholic bishops assigned September 5 as the feast date to St. Teresa of Kolkata, the founder of the Missionaries of Charity. Since 1972, the Missionaries of Charity have served in the United States, and Mother Teresa has long been revered in a significant number of U.S. dioceses, which made her a candidate for inclusion in the U.S. calendar. What did Mother Teresa bring to the United States and the world? Was she a revolutionary or reactionary? If she was a revolutionary, then what are the “revolutions” of Mother Teresa, and which among those revolutions will take priority in celebrations of her feast day? If there is one thing that Mother Teresa brought to the world, it was the “revolution of tenderness” she showed to people, giving them the possibility to see beyond themselves. For Mother Teresa, tenderness was not weakness; instead, it was fortitude. Through her life and mission, Mother Teresa showed people the paths of solidarity and humility. Her revolution of tenderness has the potential to change people, enhancing their gratitude and rejuvenating their love of neighbors. The lecture will focus on the overarching theme of Mother Teresa’s legacy: her transformative revolution of tenderness. Click here to join the live stream: Great Lives Lecture 2022: Mother Teresa on Vimeo


February 3
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
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University of Mary Washington