A Pencil in God’s Hand: Mother Teresa’s Story Comes to the Big Screen

Mother Teresa writing letter

Anjezë (Agnes) Gonxhe Bojaxhiu was only twelve years old when she first felt the call to become a missionary to India. At the age of 18 she joined the Sisters of Loreto, with the hope of serving in missionary work. For fifteen years, she lived in a convent in Darjeeling and Calcutta, teaching school to local girls.Then, while traveling by train from Calcutta to Darjeeling for her annual retreat, she experienced what she called her "call within a call." Later repeating the message she heard fr … [Read more...]

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The Snowshoe Priest and Other Great Stories

Statue commemorating Bishop Baraga at L'Anse, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

In the long, harsh winter of 1835, Father Frederic Baraga trudged through the snow, carrying the gospel to the Ojibway tribe in northern Wisconsin and Michigan.In the region south of Lake Superior, the average snowfall is 300 inches.  Undaunted, the native Slovenian priest traveled thousands of miles on snowshoes, ministering to the region's Native American population.It was the Ojibway (Chippewa) tribe that gave Father Baraga his nickname, "the Snowshoe Priest."  But the young priest's m … [Read more...]

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Knoxville Bishop Opens Inquiry Into Possible Miracle

A miracle may have occurred in the Diocese of Knoxville. Bishop Richard F. Stika, bishop of Knoxville, has launched a diocesan inquiry in the diocese of Knoxville, to determine whether a miracle has occurred through the intercession of Father Isaac Hecker, founder of the Paulist Fathers.  If it is found that a miracle has occurred, that would advance the process of declaring Father Hecker a saint. Cardinal Edward Egan, former archbishop of New York, formally opened Fr. Hecker's cause fo … [Read more...]

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