Magazine article Anglican Journal

Sisters Elect (Sister Nirmala) Successor to Mother Theresa

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Sisters Elect (Sister Nirmala) Successor to Mother Theresa

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Calcutta

A Hindu convert to Christianity has been elected to succeed Mother Teresa of Calcutta as leader of the Missionaries of Charity, the order of nuns founded and led by Mother Teresa to promote her vocation to work with the poorest of the poor.

The Archbishop of Calcutta, Henry D'Souza, announced recently that Sister Nirmala would succeed Mother Teresa, who, at the age of 86, is suffering from heart and respiratory problems. The transfer of power, it is reported, will take place immediately.

Sister Nirmala, 63, is believed to have been the only Indian on the shortlist of candidates to take over as superior general. In charge of the order's Contemplative Wing since 1979, she was born in Ranchi in the state of Bihar of a military family with a Nepalese background.

The decision was made by the order's general chapter, consisting of 123 delegates from around the world, which had been meeting in closed session since mid-January.

The postponement of the final vote on Mother Teresa's successor, which had been expected in February, prompted media speculation that a panel of senior nuns might assume a collective leadership on a temporary basis.

Sister Nirmala was not one of the reported front-runners to succeed Mother Teresa. …

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