The Green Hope Mission community has chosen its name: Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. On Friday, June 3, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge accepted the proposed name after prayerful consideration. The mission, which is a small, but growing community, is part of Saint Michael the Archangel Parish in Cary.
Both the mission and its new name are effective July 1.
“Blessed Teresa of Calcutta inspired countless people across the world by the manner in which she lived her life, selflessly caring for those who were most vulnerable” Bishop Burbidge wrote in a letter to Msgr. Douglas Reed, pastor of Saint Michael Church. “It is my hope and desire that this passion for serving the poor will be a hallmark of this mission, which is named after a patroness who so exemplifies this charism.”
Terry Reichel said she was touched upon hearing the announcement at Mass on Sunday. “I’m so proud to be a part of the mission parish. I feel welcome every time I go,” she said. “To me, [Blessed Teresa] helped support people … so intently and passionately.”
For Msgr. Reed, the name reflects both the community’s diversity and commitment to the poor. “Mother Teresa … I’m really delighted. There’s a lot of love for her in the world and in this community,” he said. “It’s beautiful timing.”
The diocese announced earlier this year that Green Hope Station would become an official mission. (According to Msgr. Reed, stations are communities that hope to become missions, and missions aspire to be parishes.)
The mission will be located in Wake and Chatham counties on Yates Store Road. Until construction is complete, however, Sunday Masses will continue to be celebrated at Green Hope High School. Fr. Dan Oschwald, parochial vicar of Saint Michael Parish, was recently appointed administrator of the new mission.
Blessed Teresa’s canonization to sainthood is scheduled for Sept. 4, the eve of the 19th anniversary of her death.