Mother Teresa's visit to New Orleans remembered just before her canonization

Mother Teresa visit to St. Michael's remembered

The gym at St. Michael Special School was packed as Archbishop Aymond said mass to mark the upcoming Sainthood of Mother Teresa, and remembered her 1976 visit. 

"Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who will be made a saint on Sunday, came to St. Michael's, she spent time with the school, she spent time with Sister Lillian," the Archbishop said.

Mother Teresa stayed in a room in the convent next door, offered to her by school principal Sr. Lillian McCormack.

"They still have that room, that very special room where Mother Teresa of Calcutta stayed," the Archbishop noted.

 "I have a picture in full altar boy garb with Archbishop Hannan on one side and Mother Teresa with our family on the other side," said Thomas Capella.

At a special mass for Mother Teresa in the convent's chapel, Jefferson Parish Assessor Thomas Capella was the altar boy.

 "To have touched a saint, and been in her presence, that humble, beautiful, kind lady is my fondest memory," Capella said, still feeling wonder about that special day.

Sister Lillian always faced fundraising challenges. I remember one Wednesday she told me only had $40 in the bank and school payroll was Friday. But by Friday she had the money. Now St. Michael is in the middle of a fund raising campaign, $5 million to renovate the convent where Mother Teresa stayed.

"We're going to have a music room, a technology room, and a chapel, and this is where we're going to be able to come together and pray as a community, it's so important," said school principal Tish Sauerhoff. "And remember St. Teresa. Absolutely."

"This saint visited New Orleans, and St. John Paul The Second, that saint visited New Orleans, so we don't just have the Saints who are on the football field, but we have the saints, like Mother Teresa and John Paul The Second, who are among us," concluded Archbishop Aymond.

They have raised $4 million so far, and anyone wanting more information about the capital campaign for the convent can call St. Michael Special School at 524-7285.


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