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Week of November 12, 2007
Put love into action, says Sr. Nirmala
Head of Missionaries of Charity makes brief visit to St. Paul
By ALICIA AMBROSIO
"It's beautiful to keep alive the (native) culture."
- Sr. Nirmala Joshi
Sister Nirmala said she would like to see people "remember that God loves us, trust him, and remember he is there and will see us through. And love one another."
"We need to remember that all of us have the power and capacity to love and the desire to put that into practice," she said. Sister Nirmala also said that from what she saw during her brief stay in St. Paul she does believe the people of Alberta do love each other, and she should know.
She has served 10 years as superior general of the Missionaries of Charity following the death of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
Sister Nirmala has travelled the world visiting her fellow sisters and finding ways to continue ministering to the poorest of the poor by reminding people of God's love.
"Many things have happened (in the last 10 years)," she said. The Missionaries have established houses in 14 new countries, including Kazakhstan, Finland, Mali, New Zealand, Israel, Algeria, Chad, Norway, Thailand, Togo, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Azerbaijan, and Afghanistan.
As well, new homes have been opened in North America in Spokane, Washington and Quebec City.
Regardless of this progress, Sister Nirmala keeps looking to the future. When asked where she would like the Missionaries to open their next house, without skipping a beat she replies confidently, "We want to go to East Timor."
Not only has the order expanded its global footprint, but its numbers have grown. In the last 10 years 1,000 more sisters have joined the order and more men have joined the order of brothers, she said.
"We are growing by the grace of God and Mother's (Teresa) prayer is helping so many people."
The Missionaries of Charity in St. Paul work primarily with the Aboriginal communities on the White Fish Lake and Saddle Creek reserves while making time to visit hospitals and old age homes in St. Paul.
While in Canada, Sister Nirmala also visited Missionaries of Charity in Vancouver and Winnipeg.
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