KOLKATA, (C.M.Paul) – The 101st birthday of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta was celebrated solemnly with a dawn Mass (6.00 am) at the Missionaries of Charity Mother House on Lower Circular Road presided over by Coadjutor archbishop Thomas D’Souza of Kolkata, 26 August. Nine priests concelebrated the Eucharist accompanied by faithful, volunteers and MC Sisters who packed the chapel above the tomb. There were seven television camera crew and several journalists who reached before 6.00 am and took their positions.
After the Mass a group of children from Missionaries of Charity Shishu Bhavan sang a Bengali song (We are children of the light) and led in procession the archbishop and Missionaries of Charity Superior General Sr Prema and former General Sr Nirmala to Mother’s tomb. After lighting the birthday candles Sr Prema gave a brief message.
Though people inIndiagenerally keep birthday, the day of her baptism was actually more important to Mother Teresa.
Though the prestigiousPark Streetwas named Mother Teresa Sarani, the new name has not caught on yet. Except Archbishop’s House and St Xavier’s College (30 & 32 Mother Teresa Saranai) no other establishment has switched on to the new name.
So also another claim made on the occasion of Mother Teresa birth centenary in Kolkata last year, to name Park Street Metro railway station as MOTHER TERESA station has also not yet been executed. However, to the credit of Metro Rail authorities, thePark Streetmetro station has a fitting Mother Teresa mural at the flap gate entrance to the main station. Besides a large mosaic of Mother Teresa and three large panels of writing on her. There is also a circular pillar draped in while and blue border.
“Photography is strictly forbidden” in writ large at the entrance to the Metro station, hence no photograph. Add to that the introduction of token system these days (instead of tickets) has thrown off gear both passengers and rail staff into chaos. Though I wanted to meet with the Station Master and interview him, seeing the long queues and flared tempers, I gave up.
However, a photo of the metro rail station found in the internet proves thefact Park Streetstation still remainsPark Streetand not Mother Teresa.