Missionaries of Charity nuns cancelled the usual birth anniversary celebrations of their founder, St Teresa, this year after some nuns tested positive for Covid-19.
Ucanews.com reported the saintly nun’s 110th birth anniversary passed off without the customary celebrations on 26thAugust at the congregation’s headquarters.
After nine nuns tested positive for Covid-19 at Missionaries of Charity headquarters, the nuns cancelled the usual nine-day novena prayer, concelebrated Mass and children’s singing and dancing as part of the anniversary.
The headquarters, or motherhouse, is where Mother Teresa is buried.
A private Mass was held at the tomb on the morning of 26th August and concelebrated by Fr Dominic Gomes, vicar general of Kolkata Archdiocese, said Sunil Lucas, who volunteers with the order.
Lucas said that as of 26th August seven of the nine nuns had recovered.
The headquarters houses about 100 nuns, including novices, a member of the order told ucanews.com. She said they have been restricting visitors and avoiding gatherings since mid-March, when the virus began to spread in the country.
A senior nun told UCA News that none of the nuns can go out now, but their work for the poor in their several houses for orphans and the dying continues unhindered.
“They are all functioning with the help of sisters and volunteers who stay in those houses. We are not taking any new admissions now,” the nun said, requesting anonymity, because the sisters are not supposed to speak to the media.
Picture: Members of the Missionaries of Charity, wearing protective masks, pray at the tomb of St Teresa of Kolkata in Kolkata, India, on 26th August 2020, to mark her 110th birthday. (CNS photo/Rupak De Chowdhuri, Reuters).