Remembering Mother Teresa’s visit
The canonization of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta in September calls to mind the day in October 1981 when she came here, honoring us with her presence and honoring us further still by accepting the university’s highest honor for discovery, the Père Marquette Discovery Award.
It took the perseverance of President John P. Raynor, S.J., to bring about the visit, made possible after three years of sending letters to India. The labor proved worthwhile the moment Mother Teresa’s sandaled foot touched campus and the ground became hallowed for 9,500 witnesses who attended the conferral Mass at the Milwaukee Arena and another 1,500 who watched via closed circuit television.
In honoring Mother Teresa, Father Raynor said: “Through her life and example, people of every country in the world have discovered that the light of God shines again in our time. She has discovered God in the poorest of the poor. Like Père Marquette, she does indeed map the unknown regions of man’s need to give and receive Christ’s own charity.” — JMM
Celebrating On Campus:
Campus commemorated the canonization at a Mass on Wednesday, Aug. 31. During the Mass students processed to a statue of Mother Teresa and read excerpts from the remarks she made when accepting the Père Marquette Discovery Award in 1981.
Some fun facts:
• Marquette photographer Dan Johnson documented the 1981 visit in more than 1,400 photographs.
• University Archives maintains the collection of letters between President John P. Raynor, S.J., and Mother Teresa that resulted in her visit.
• Dr. Susan Mountin, director of Manresa for Faculty, coordinated 180 Eucharistic ministers who participated in the 1981 Mass.
• The Père Marquette Discovery Award has been presented only five times in Marquette’s history.
1969 to the Apollo 11 Astronauts
1979 to Rev. Karl Rahner, S.J.
1981 to Mother Teresa
2003 to Most Rev. Desmond Mpilo Tutu
2010 to The Little Rock Nine