Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Mother Teresa Church Faithful in Mission to Serve

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Mother Teresa Church Faithful in Mission to Serve

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During the past few weeks, we have received several articles from members of local churches for our ongoing series on what people like about their congregations.

Today, Jeanette Willett tells us what she likes about her congregation, Mother Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church, a growing congregation just north of Topeka.

"Mother Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church was established in 2004 to accommodate Catholic families north of the river. The founding pastor was Father Bill Bruning. Daily Mass was celebrated in the temporary rectory with Sunday services held at Hayden High School.

"By 2007, we had built a beautiful worship space, a great parish hall and a rectory at 2014 N.W. 46th. In 2014 our parish family has grown to over 850 families. A new Formation Center and renovation has recently been completed to accommodate our various parish activities, such as religious education classes for our young people, parish meetings, continuing adult education, parish offices, commercial kitchen for funeral dinners, as well as various food fundraisers.

"Our mission statement is: 'Mother Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church exists to cultivate a prayerful faith community based on the example of our patroness, Mother Teresa of Calcutta. United in the Eucharist and sharing Christ's love with all, we hold sacred our commitment to Christian formation, prayer, hospitality, and service to the most vulnerable in our parish, community and world.'

"Father Tom Aduri, a native of Cuddapah, India, -- and recently a U.S. citizen -- is currently the pastor of Mother Teresa of Calcutta parish. After having spent time working with Mother Teresa's Missionary of Charity sisters, he had a vision of providing aid, relief and comfort to the poor and disenfranchised of his home state in India. He established a foundation and through the gracious generosity of many, two orphanages have been built. …

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