Did you know?...Mother Teresa visited Covington

Posted on: September 2, 2016 12:00 pm
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From the SND Annals

June 18, 1982 | Mother Teresa of Calcutta Visits Covington

Mother Teresa came for the dedication of her new mission in Jenkins, Kentucky which was begun in April of this year. She had been asked to address the people of Northern Kentucky, and the stadium at Covington Catholic High School was chosen for the assembly. Since police expected crowds to follow Mother Teresa---and feared  violence---Sister Mary Joann (provincial superior) was asked to provide overnight hospitality for Mother Teresa and Sister Priscilla (who had been here previously). This plan was held in secrecy so that we knew of it only at supper that evening. The sisters were to arrive about 8:30 p.m. but the plane was greatly delayed, and most of the sisters did not have the pleasure of meeting Mother Teresa until the following morning. After breakfast she took a brief tour of the convent and especially wanted to greet the sick and retired sisters in Lourdes Hall. Promptly at 9 a.m. the police car escorted an official government car to our front entrance to take the two sisters across the highway to the stadium. It was raining but the crowds came just the same, for all wanted to see “the Saint,” as many called her. After her talk, Mother Teresa was taken to Jenkins to fulfill the real purpose of her visit.

Click here to read Sisters' memories of Mother Teresa's visit.

Read more about Mother Teresa's Kentucky connection:

Mother Teresa organizing first rural American mission nearby (The Daily News, 1982)

Audiences grew as fame grew (The Cincinnati Enquirer, 1997)

Kentucky convent work goes on (The Cincinnati Enquirer, 1997)


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