I made a business trip to Peoria Illinois, a place I had never been before. To pass some time while waiting for my flight ,I drove around the city and discovered this magnificent church near downtown. I wasn’t expecting to find anything like this.
This is the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, built in 1889. The Peoria Public library tells the story of the church at this link.
Baptized on August 27, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia, Mother Teresa took her final vows as a nun in 1937 , taught in India for 17 years before her 1946 “call within a call” to devote herself to caring for the sick and poor.
Her order established a hospice; centers for the blind, aged, and disabled; and a leper colony.
In 1979 she received the Nobel Peace Prize for her humanitarian work. She died in September 1997 and was beatified in October 2003. In December 2015, Pope Francis recognized a second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa, clearing the way for her to be canonized as a saint in 2016. (source biography.com)
Mother Teresa visited Peoria Illinois in 1960 to speak before a Catholic women’s group. She told them,
“I am a poor woman that prays.
God has not called us to be successful, but to be helpful.”
(photographs by Dr. Aletha)
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