Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta (August 26th, 1910 – September 5, 1997) was a Loreto Nun who served the poor in Calcutta, India. Teresa taught for many years in Bengali Medium School before she experienced her “call within a call” in 1946. She subsequently started the Missionaries of Charity that would pursue the mission of “quenching the infinite thirst of Jesus on the cross for love and souls" by “laboring at the salvation and sanctification of the poorest of the poor.”
The Missionaries of Charity served the poor, dying, and destitute on the streets of Calcutta and grew to serve others throughout India and the world. Mother Teresa was canonized by Pope Francis on September 4, 2016. Mother Teresa challenges each of us to search for our Calcutta, the place in our lives where we are called to serve. This is an important part of the Teresa crest, as it serves as a reveille for the students as they question, wonder, and explore their place in this world. The crest is centered on the face of Christ, with the Latin phrase ego sitio — I thirst — reminding us that He thirsts for us and for all souls, and that we must live with that same thirst for souls. Mother Teresa often said, “What is my secret? I pray.” The rosary and the three blue stripes from her sari shows us that in order to find our Calcutta and to live with a thirst for souls as she did, we must first, and always, be fed by our relationship with Jesus Christ. This can only happen through our spending time with Him in prayer and providing abundant acts of love.
“Prayer makes your heart bigger, until it is capable of containing the gift of God himself. Prayer begets faith, faith begets love, and love begets service on behalf of the poor.”