Bhubaneswar, 02/09/2016 ( Odisha Samachar )- Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will inaugurate naming of a road dedicated to Saint Mother Teresa on Sunday on 4 September at 9.30 am (local time) in Bhubaneswar.
Housing & Urban Development Minister Pushpendra Singh Deo, Tourism & Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda, Cuttack MLA Debashish Samantaray, Bhubaneswar (Center) MLA Bijaya Kumar Mohanty, Bhubaneswar (North) MLA Priyadarshi Mishra, and Bhubaneswar Municipality Corporation (BMC) Mayor Anant Narayan Jena, Archbishop John Barwa SVD of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar and head of Catholic Church in Odisha, Sister Mary Olivet of Missionaries of Charity (Odisha region head), Sister Samual MC (head of Missionaries of Charity House, Bhubaneswar) are to grace the occasion. Hundreds of people are likely to attend the event.
Pope Francis will officially declare Mother Teresa as saint on September 4 in Vatican, Rome. She is one of the icons and legendaries for the humanitarian and philanthropic services who has given a new meaning to the dignity of humanity.
The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation in its meeting on August 28, 2016 resolved to name a fly over road from Satya Nagar to Cuttack-Puri road as “Mother Teresa Road.” This was resolved at the request of Odisha Catholic Bishops’ Council (OCBC) chairman Archbishop John Barwa SVD of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar who requested BMC to name the said road on behalf of Missionaries of Charity order to which Mother Teresa belonged to and Catholic Church in Odisha.
“We are grateful to Odisha government for naming the road after Mother Teresa. It is our tribute to Mother Teresa for her invaluable contribution to humanity through her service and charity. Through this naming of a road, we all may remember the contribution of Mother Teresa and strive to serve the humanity in our own way in life,” said Archbishop Barwa, head of Odisha Catholic Church.
Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious order in Kolkata in 1950, which in 2016 consisted of over 5160 nuns and is active in 139 countries, with a total of 758 homes (with 734 active and 24 nuns life devoted to life contemplative). Most monasteries are in India (243 communities), while across the border are 516. Beside them operate the “Brothers of Charity”, male institute with 397 priests (and 19 novices), present in 21 countries worldwide with 69 houses (43 in India and 26 abroad).
In Odisha, Missionaries of Charity has 18 houses. Mother Teresa first visited Bhubaneswar in 1974 and met then Odisha Chief Minister Nandini Satpathy and the Odisha Governor Akbar Ali Khan. Since then, Mother Teresa had visited Odisha several times.
Inspired by God Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity in order to take care of the poorest of the poor—the sick, the abandoned, the dying, the leprosy and TB patients, mentally and physically challenged people, said Sister Mary Olivet, head of Missionaries of Charity in Odisha.
“Mother Teresa and her members take care of those who are a burden to the human society. Her unshakable trust in God, made her to take a vow of giving-whole hearted and free service to the poorest poor, completely trusting in god and His providence for all their needs,” Olivet added.
In Bhubaneswar Missionaries of Charity have a home for the old, sick, abandoned women, tempera shelter for children, unwed mothers and women in distress. In Janla (near Khorda) it has the leprosy rehabilitation center.
Recently the Government of Odisha asked the Odisha unit of Missionaries of Charity to take care of the mentally sick women and a few men roaming on the streets. At present around 90 of them avail the service in four different centers in Odisha.
“There are many stories of healing and reunion,” Olivet said.
In Odisha Missionaries of Charity has nine homes for the sick, abandoned and elders; six homes for children and three centers for leprocy patients and four for mentally sick.
Meanwhile, OTV, premier television network in the State, would special feature of 30 minutes duration on Mother Teresa on September 4, said OTV Co-Founder of Ortel Communications Ltd. and its Managing Director Ms. Jagi Mangat Panda.