Timeline

1950 – The Missionaries of Charity

July 5, 2016

Having moved to India from Ireland in 1929, and taken her solemn vows in Calcutta in 1937, Mother Teresa receives permission from the Vatican to start her own order – the Missionaries of Charity.

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1954 – Co-Workers join Mother Teresa

July 5, 2016

From 1954, UK expats living in Calcutta including Ann Blaikie, Margaret Mackenzie, and Fey Bone, begin to get involved with Mother Teresa’s work: in the Home for the Dying and in the home for abandoned babies, the Shishu Bhavan.

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1969 – ‘Something Beautiful For God’

July 7, 2016

In 1969 Malcolm Muggeridge, from Sussex, produces the BBC documentary ‘Something Beautiful For God’, followed two years later by a book of the same name. He chronicles his time in Calcutta with Mother Teresa and his journey from atheism to faith, and it is the first time the general public becomes aware of her name and her work.

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1969 – Co-Worker movement given formal constitution

July 7, 2016

1969 – Co-Worker movement given formal constitution

Throughout the 1960s, those who had been working with Mother Teresa and Calcutta begin to settle back in Surrey where they continue to support her work and inspire their local communities. In 1969 they receive a formal constitution from Pope Paul VI.

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1970 – St John the Baptist School, Woking

July 8, 2016

1970 – St John the Baptist School, Woking

Mother Teresa visited St John the Baptist School, Woking on 3 November 1970 to thank the school for funds they had raised for her work. Bishop David Cashman, then Bishop of Arundel & Brighton was there also.  A small group of staff and students stayed after school time to welcome her. Melanie Kibblewhite was a pupil at the time: A few of us were asked if we’d like to meet someone very special who was dropping in. We had no idea who it was going to be. I remember the occasion well – I think I was 12 and I am now 58! I can remember talking to her but can’t remember the conversation sadly. I certainly knew I was in the presence of someone very special but…

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1970 – Rosslyn House Finishing School, Weybridge

July 8, 2016

1970 – Rosslyn House Finishing School, Weybridge

Mother Teresa visited Rosslyn House in Weybridge – a finishing school run by nuns – for a party attended by many Surrey Co-Workers and their children. Susie Kerr experienced Mother Teresa’s work in the Shishu Bhavan home for abandoned babies. This was through her mother (Fey Bone), who became actively involved with Mother Teresa’s work when living in Calcutta. Later, Fey became chairman for the Surrey Co-Worker and set up ‘Teresa’s Boutique’, a charity shop in Cobham. My father used to drive Mother Teresa around when she was in Surrey…

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1973 – The Templeton Prize

July 9, 2016

The Templeton Prize “honors a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works. Established in 1972 by the late Sir John Templeton, the Prize aims, in his words, to identify “entrepreneurs of the spirit”—outstanding individuals who have devoted their talents to expanding our vision of human purpose and ultimate reality. The Prize celebrates no particular faith tradition or notion of God, but rather the quest for progress in humanity’s efforts to comprehend the many and diverse manifestations of the Divine.” Mother Teresa won the inaugural Prize in 1973. Many Surrey Co-Workers and members of the clergy were in attendance at the award ceremony.

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1974 – Guildford Cathedral ‘Ecumenical Youth Service’

July 10, 2016

1974 – Guildford Cathedral ‘Ecumenical Youth Service’

  Testimonies Guildford Cathedral ‘Ecumenical Youth Rally Service’, 1974 Press    

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1979 – Nobel Peace Prize

July 19, 2016

Mother Teresa is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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1997 – Mother Teresa dies

July 19, 2016

On 5 September 1997, Mother Teresa died in Calcutta, India.

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2003 – Beatification

July 19, 2016

On 19 October 2003, in Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City Pope John Paul II lead the beatification ceremony for Mother Teresa, who’s new title is Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.

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