A Relic of St Teresa of Calcutta has begun a tour of Ireland and is in Galway Cathedral today (Thursday).
The relic has been received from the Sisters of Charity and it has been arranged for it to tour Ireland to facilitate its veneration.
Born in 1910 in Skopje, Macedonia, Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu – who would later become known as Mother Teresa – moved to Ireland at the age of 18 and joined the Loreto Order.
In 1929 she moved to India to work with the poor and those most in need. In 1950 she founded the Missionaries of Charity. By 2012, the order had 4,500 sisters working in 133 countries.
Mother Teresa died in September 1997 and in September 2016 was canonised in Rome, becoming St Teresa of Calcutta. Now, less than a year on, a relic of St Teresa is touring Ireland.
The relic – a muslin cloth bearing the blood of St Teresa, encased in a cross – visited Galway Cathedral yesterday (Wednesday) and today.
On Thursday, there will be 9am mass followed by veneration of the relics from 9.45am to 10.45am followed by an 11am mass with veneration from 11.45am to 5.45pm, finally followed by mass at 6pm and veneration from 6.45pm to 10pm.