Knights to host celebration for Mother Teresa's 100th birthday

Donna Marie Cooper O'Boyle and her children visit with Mother Teresa/ContributedNEW HAVEN — Thursday would have been Mother Teresa of Calcutta‘s 100th birthday and to celebrate the Knights of Columbus Museum will be hosting a day of festivities.

New Milford author Donna Marie Cooper O’Boyle will be the keynote speaker. Cooper O’Boyle had a decade-long friendship with Mother Teresa, which she wrote about in her recent book Mother Teresa and Me: Ten Years of Friendship. She will be signing books at the museum at 4:30 p.m. and will deliver her presentation at 5:30 p.m.

Cooper O’Boyle, who also serves as an EWTN host, said her goal is keep Mother Teresa’s message alive.

“I want to raise awareness that people are starving for love,” Cooper O’Boyle said in a previous interview. “She (Mother Teresa) truly believed that it was Jesus living in the midst of each person that she cared for.”

Cooper O’Boyle’s presentation is titled, “Finding Calcutta in Our Midst: Mother Teresa’s Lessons of Love.”

The Mother Teresa exhibition will also be open, for free, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and at  At 11:45 a.m. the New Haven postmaster will unveil the Mother Teresa postage stamp.

According to the K of C Museum webiste the exhibit is s a historical presentation, chronicling Mother Teresa’s life from childhood to beatification by the Catholic Church. It also includes biographical information and artifacts such as her sari and other religious and personal articles. The exhibit also features a full-scale replica of Mother Teresa’s convent cell (room) in her Calcutta convent. The exhibit will continue through Oct. 4.

The museum is located at One Columbus Plaza in New Haven.

For information call (203) 865-0400.

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