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Mother Teresa and Me - Ten Years of Friendship

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The long-awaited story of Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle's ten-year friendship with Mother Teresa is now available!

Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle will never forget the first time she laid eyes on Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Hunched, frail, shorter than one of Donna’s own children, the aging servant of the poorest of the poor cut an unassuming figure awaiting the start of Mass with her Missionary of Charity sisters. They would speak briefly after the liturgy — Mother Teresa wanted to meet the mother of such reverent and grace-filled children — and then spend the next 10 years intermittently sharing hopes, dreams and prayers through the mail and in face-to-face conversations. With Mother Teresa and Me, Donna-Marie invites you to step insider her deeply personal experiences with one of the greatest souls of modern times. Take her up on the offer and don’t be surprised if you, too, find your heart blessed and your soul inspired by the diminutive nun who left an enormous impression on Donna-Marie — and on the whole world.




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This item received 5 stars overall. Being Friends with Mother Teresa

     I met the author of Mother Teresa and Me at a Catholic Writer’s Conference in August 2009, and I was very interested in reading her soon-to-be-published book about her friendship and correspondence with Mother Teresa.  A copy of the book was the only item on my Christmas wish list, so of course it was the only item that my husband got me which arrived about a month late. 

     It was well worth the wait.  I found the insights into the life and ministry of Mother Teresa to be very inspiring.  I also loved the story about how Donna-Marie and her family came to know the woman long referred to as a living saint.  The pictures included in the book are very moving.  The tenderness Mother Teresa had for children, the joy she exuded, and her deep love of God come across clearly through the photos and Full Review...

This item received 3 stars overall. A personal account of friendship with a saint

How many people can say they were friends with an actual saint? Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle is one of them. She carried on a ten-year friendship with Mother Teresa of Calcutta, maybe the holiest woman of the last hundred years. If you have ever wondered what it would be like to enter into a relationship with such a holy person, this is the book you want.

O’Boyle and Teresa first met after Mass in a U.S. Missionaries of Charity chapel. The two women hit it off immediately. Over the following years they exchanged several letters and met in person many more times. In her book,  Mother Teresa and Me: Ten Years of Friendship (Our Sunday Visitor, paperback, 191 pages), O’Boyle shares their interactions and the lessons she’s learned. The book reveals a grounded, relatable, human Mother Teresa, a view that some hagiographies neglect.

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St. Teresa of Calcutta

St. Teresa of Calcutta Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 09/05

    Daughter of an Albanian businessman who died when Agnes was nine years old. Nun, missionary and teacher in Calcutta, India in 1928. In 1948 she left the convent to work alone with the poor, and became an Indian citizen. She founded the Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity in 1950. In 1957 the Missionaries of Charity started their work with lepers and in disaster areas. She received the Pope John XXIII Peace Prize in 1971, the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding in 1972, and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, and the Missionaries today work in 30 countries.

    26 August 1910 in Skopje, Albania (modern Macedonia)

    5 September 1997 in Calcutta, West Bengal, India of natural causes

    20 December 2002 by Pope John Paul II

    19 October 2003 by Pope John Paul II

    5 September 2016 by Pope Francis

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