Sister Prema Elected Head of Missionaries of Charity

AsiaNews reports that Sister Prema has been elected superior general of the Missionaries of Charity.

According to motherteresa.org: “Mary Prema is the second nun to lead the Missionaries of Charity after the blessed founder died in 1997. She replaces Sister Nirmala, who asked to be relieved of her duties to live a contemplative life in the congregation.”

Zenit.org reports: Sister Nirmala was re-elected for the third time, but (AsiaNews) cited sources inside the congregation that revealed she requested to be relieved of her obligations for health reasons, and because she wanted to dedicate herself to a more contemplative life within the Missionaries of Charity.

Some 163 sisters voted at the general chapter, of whom 74 are of Indian origin and the rest are from other countries of the world.

Motherteresa.org said: “Sister Prema met the (Mother Teresa) for the first time in 1980, in Berlin, after reading Something Beautiful for God, a book by BBC journalist Malcolm Muggeridge who wrote about his meeting with Mother Teresa in 1969 when he was making a documentary on the nun from Kolkata that would make her known worldwide. “I know Sister Prema. She is a visionary, a deeply spiritual person with an implicit trust in God. She has a clear understanding of her mission, with the charism of the Missionaries of Charity implanted in her heart, to serve Jesus by serving the poorest of the poor,” said Brother Paul, who has been posted for the past seven years in the Shanti Bhavan, or House of Peace, in Kolkata.

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