“I Thirst” was Jesus’ message to Mother Teresa, a “call within a call,” of His thirst for love and for souls. It became so distinctively clear to Mother that, from then on, she had an ardent longing to satiate His thirst – His thirst took complete possession of Mother’s Heart. Reflect on this beautiful patron of our parish, and reflect on how we can better live out her life of service, love and thirst for souls.
On three Tuesdays in October, you will have the opportunity to get to know St. Teresa of Calcutta like never before!
October 8 in the Parish Center, Clare Hall: Watch and discuss a documentary which is considered the definitive portrait of Mother Teresa. Take in her early life, her call and her legacy. Led by Deacon Allen.
October 15 in the North Lake Church: Listen to Fr. John Burns reflect on Mother’s community, the Missionaries of Charity, which he still serves. Reception will follow in Gathering Space
Rev. John Burns is a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Ordained a priest in 2010, he has served as an associate pastor and pastor in Milwaukee as well as an adjunct professor of moral theology at the Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology. He recently completed a doctorate in moral theology at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. His doctoral research focuses on the theology of healing through forgiveness.
Fr. Burns speaks at conferences and preaches missions in the Archdiocese and throughout the country. He is the author of Lift Up Your Heart: A 10-Day Personal Retreat with St. Francis de Sales. Fr. Burns works extensively with the Sisters of Life and Mother Teresa’s sisters, the Missionaries of Charity, and has given retreats, conferences, and spiritual direction for the Sisters in Africa, Europe, and the United States.
October 22 in the North Lake Church: Mother Mary Catherine was a Missionary of Charity for almost ten years while living in New York.
When Mother Teresa visited there, Mother Mary Catherine would often be her driver. Mother Catherine will speak about her almost ten years as a Missionary of Charity and the spirituality of St. Teresa of Calcutta. She credits her time with the Missionaries of Charity as a blessed time with her first religious family. Mother Mary Catherine was sent home just before her final vows due to health reasons. She completed further studies and became an elementary school teacher, and then accepted the role of principal with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. She still had stirrings of wanting to do more for the Lord. In 2008, Mother Mary Catherine met with Bishop David R. Ricken and spoke about forming a religious order of women who would answer the call to love Christ and to follow Him unreservedly in the ministry of discipleship – Bishop Ricken support her in this effort. In the same year, following the counsel of her spiritual director, Mother Catherine met with Fr. Luke Strand who was instrumental in leading Mother into the mission of Catholic Youth Expeditions. She left her work in Milwaukee to work with CYE. On September 8, 2012, with the blessing of Bishop Ricken, aspirants were accepted to discern with Mother Mary Catherine the foundation of a new community, and in 2014, the Missionaries of the Word was founded as a Public Association of the Faithful destined to become a religious institute. Reception will follow in Gathering Space.