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51 Years Ago – A Great Work Begins

December 21, 2009

On my return from Patna I made an 8 days retreat and then on the 21st Dec. ’48 I started the work. I went visiting and nursing the people in their dark homes and holes. So many neglected poor children surrounded me everywhere. Slowly with some lay helpers I gathered the children in two slums. Then in March the first Bengali girl joined. Now we are seven. We work in five different centres. We have the dispensaries where the poor get free treatment and medicine from generous Catholic and Hindu doctors — who have generously offered their services free. We visit the families from street to street. On Sundays we take the poor children from the slums to Sunday Mass. We started the Sunday School with 26 children last May. Now we have over 350.

+ Mother Teresa, Letter to Pope Pius XII (March, 1950)

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