Missionaries to bus homeless, youth to canonization Mass
August 23rd, 2016
By Christina Gray
When the 13 sisters of the Missionaries of Charity convent in Pacifica arrive by bus at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Sept. 4 for a Mass celebrating the canonization of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, some of the homeless and poor they minister will be on board with them.
“We’ve been working on inviting migrant families, young people and others to join us in pilgrimage to Holy Doors at the cathedral and attend the thanksgiving Mass,” said Sister Maria Concepcion, local superior of the convent. These include members of Our Lady of Refuge Mission in La Honda and St. Anthony Mission in Pescadero.
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone is celebrating an 11 a.m. Mass on the morning of the Blessed Teresa’s canonization in Rome. The soon-to-be new saint founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950 to care for the “poorest of the poor.”
The Pacifica convent is headquarters for the Western Province of the Missionaries of Charity on the grounds of Good Shepherd parish. The sisters’ outreach includes an AIDS hospice, a home for unwed mothers and the novitiate for all the Americas. The sisters also feed and minister to the homeless in San Francisco.
An exhibit on the life of Blessed Teresa will take place in the cathedral’s event center, St. Francis Hall, as follows from Aug. 27-Sept. 3.
From August 25, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.