Mother Teresa to become a Saint in September

Mother Teresa (L) gives her blessing to a child at the Gift of Love Home on October 20, 1993, in Singapore. The 1979 Nobel Peace Prize winner is on a stop-over while enroute to China where she will set up a fist home for Chinese handicapped children in Shanghai. AFP PHOTO ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) –  Mother Teresa , the Albanian nun who dedicated her life to the poor is set to become a saint next September.

Sister Mary Johnice of the Response To Love Center in Buffalo says she models her life after Mother Teresa. She said, “Through her inspiration and following her through the years, I’ve really learned not to be like her, but to follow her example.”

Sister Johnice says she met Mother Teresa while studying in Philadelphia. She asked her if she could work with her and the sisters in Kolkata, But Mother Teresa turned her down, and said her work was needed here in Buffalo.

She said, “She told me, now go back to your neighborhood and find Kolkata,”

Now Mother Teresa is expected to be canonized in September. The nun renowned for caring for impoverished people in the slums of India died in 1997

Sister Johnice says she will be a “Saint of “today.”  “I think she is going to be a Saint for all of us, because we knew of her, we read about her life, and we wanted to do what she was doing,” said Johnice.

Saints are considered role models, and are believed to be capable of interceding with god on someone’s behalf. In most cases, two miracles are required to canonize a Catholic saint.

She said, “She needed two miracles and it happened!” The first was a young girl with a stomach tumor healed after prayer. Recently Pope Francis recognized a second miracle. A Brazilian man with brain tumors was healed after loved ones prayed to Mother Teresa, paving the way for sainthood.

She said, “She would not want to be revered, never. She was a humble person. She always said that she says its about God not about me.”

She tells us everyone can be a Saint. She said, “I don’t know if it takes miracles to be a Saint. I think it really takes being holy having a deep relationship with God, being a prayerful person, and we all have that opportunity, we all can be Saints.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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