Fr. Frank Visits Mother Teresa In Calcutta
And Brings Home Special Message to Priests
From June 18 to 21, 1994, Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director
of Priests for Life, visited with Mother Teresa at her
Motherhouse in Calcutta, India. During the four day visit,
Father was able to say Mass several times for the sisters, give
them two talks on the pro-life movement, and have several
personal meetings with Mother Teresa.
Priests for Life was co-sponsor of the National Youth Day
(Denver, 1994). Fr. Pavone had been asked by Youth Day director
Kevin Cunningham to assist in extending to Mother Teresa an
invitation to speak to the youth of America on the need to be
active in pro-life work. During the visit, Mother Teresa gave a
message of encouragement to the youth of America to be active in
fighting abortion, and said she will try to attend the National
Youth Day in Denver.
Teresa was excited to hear about the work of Priests for Life,
and expressed her desire that the priests not hesitate to teach
and preach on the sanctity of life. She gave Fr. Pavone a
handwritten message for the priests which reads,
"Dear Priests of Jesus: Be only all for Jesus through Mary. Be
not be afraid to let Jesus use you for His own and as His own.
Be holy. Let us pray. God bless you. Mother Teresa."
She later sent a letter encouraging priests and deacons to join
Priests for Life.
She also expressed her desire to have priests enroll
themselves in "Veronica Intercessory," whereby they will be
personally prayed for by one of the Missionaries of Charity
sisters. Priests for Life can provide more information on this.
Mother Teresa specifically requests that every priest
distribute throughout his parish copies of her
speech at the National Prayer
Breakfast in Washington. Priests for Life will assist in
this distribution. Interested priests can receive a master copy
from the Priests for Life office, together with distribution
After hearing one of Fr. Pavone's talks to her sisters,
Mother Teresa said to Fr. Pavone, "This would be very good for
our priests," and took him to the Archbishop's residence in
Calcutta for a meeting with the vicar general to arrange for a
series of talks to the priests, seminarians, and religious of
India. Priests for Life is quickly acquiring an international
Priests for Life is very grateful to Mother Teresa for her
leadership on pro-life issues. May all priests follow her