Cincinnati Seminarian Serves at Funeral of Mother Teresa’s Successor
Jacob Willig, a seminarian from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati who is doing missionary work in India this summer, served as the thurifer (incense bearer) at the funeral for Sr. Nirmala Joshi, Mother Teresa’s first successor as Mother Superior for the Missionaries of Charity, in Calcutta last week.
Celebrated by Cardinal Telesphore P. Toppe with Archbishop Thomas D’Souza and the Bishop of Baruipur, Salvadore Lobo, the funeral was held at the Mother House of the Missionaries of Charity and St. John’s Church. Sr. Nirmala, a convert from Hinduism, led the Sisters of Charity until 2009. She passed away June 22nd at age 81.
“Let us all try to follow Sister and live lives of mercy and prayer,” Willig wrote in an email to family. “All praise to the Father.”
The June 24th funeral was also on a significant day for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the Willig family: It was the anniversary of the death of Fr. Jim Willig, Jacob Willig’s uncle. For his CDs, DVDs, books, and more, see Heart to Heart, a Catholic Media Ministry.
See the coverage in the Telegraph’s India bureau here. Photos by Sanat Kr. Sinha, Telegraph India; no ownership implied.
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