Community Invited To Plan Celebration Of Mother Teresa

Father Ravi Muvvala in the museum featuring Mother Teresa at St Ignatius Church. Photo TWH

The Bourke community is invited to help plan a pilgrimage in the footsteps of Mother Teresa of Calcutta and to be part of the celebration of Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity Sisters.

Over three days in September, Bourke’s citizens, and visitors, will have the chance to take part in honouring the work of Mother Teresa, whose connections with Bourke go back nearly 50 years and continue to this day.

Mother Teresa came to Bourke with her Missionaries of Charity Sisters in 1969 before leaving her sisters in the local community where they learnt how to drive, eat, and live life as Australians.

The Missionaries of Charity left Bourke in 2016, but for 47 years they were an integral part of the Bourke community, ministering to mothers and children, and to aged and vulnerable people.

Bourke Parish Priest, Father Ravi Muvvala, is leading a pilgrimage which, he says, will commemorate Mother Teresa’s arrival, foundation work and mission work in Bourke.

“As a community we will be coming together to value the wonderful things Mother Teresa has done and to honour the hard work of the sisters through prayer, fellowship, and celebration.

“Above all, we want to keep her work alive in the hearts of the community, and we are grateful to God for Mother Teresa, and her sisters, and for the wonderful care given over the years.

“Bourke has a very important connection to Mother Teresa. In Australia, she chose Bourke as the first place for her work and established her mission here, and it was the third mission she established in the world,” Father Ravi said.

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