Each 5th of September marks the celebration of Saint Teresa’s Sanctification Day in Albania. Mother Teresa officially became “Saint Teresa of Kolkata” on the 5th of September 2016, which was 19 years to the day after her passing in 1997.
Saint Teresa Sanctification Day is considered a public holiday, which is a highly significant event for the people of Albania.
Born in Skopje, Macedonia in 1910, Mother Teresa’s given name was Anjeza Gonxhe Bojaxhiu. Mother Teresa held Indian citizenship and founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta in 1950. For almost 50 years she ministered to the dying, orphaned, sick, and poor in India and also in other countries.
Albanians do not work on this day. While Albania does not have an official religion and considers all religions equal, the people are proud of the legacy that Saint Teresa left as a Catholic nun. On this day, many Albanians attend mass to celebrate Saint Teresa’s memory. They also pray novenas asking for help from the Saint for their problems or causes.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta is a link of Albania with the Mary Ward Loreto Foundation. She became a Loreto nun in 1928 and served in the Loreto mission in India for twenty years before founding her own congregation “The Missionaries of Charity”. Now Mary Ward’s Congregation serves in every continent in the world, mainly through the mission of education and justice, enabling people to reach the potential which they were created to achieve.
Mother Teresa spent 20 years as a Loreto Sister. All through her life the ties and friendship between herself and the Institute remained firm, and she was personally known to many of our sisters, especially in India. Much has been written about Mother Teresa over the years, and many books, films and documentaries have been produced.
For more info please read the booklet of Saint Teresa of Calcutta: