The bust of Mother Theresa at the Santisimo Rosario Parish Garden. Photo by Joan Dino
By Christine Fel A. Viernes

The government and the people of the Republic of India bestowed to the University of Santo Tomas the bust of Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

The bust, carved by West Bengal-based Indian sculptor Gautam Pal, was unveiled at the Santisimo Rosario Parish Garden last July 16 together with the Embassy of India to the Philippines His Excellency Amit Dasgupta. 

A plaque was placed in front of the bust which recounts the life of Mother Teresa and highlighted her famous adage, “Your strength lies in small things” which sums up the philanthropic work she did as a missionary.

It also commemorates her role as a source of inspiration for the Thomasian community in upholding UST’s core values - competence, commitment and compassion.

Born as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on August 27, 1910, Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950. She died in 1997 and was beatified in 2003, giving her the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.

In the Philippines, the Regional House of the Missionaries of Charity, which is located in Tayuman, runs an orphanage and home for the aged headed by Sister Anselm.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta was named the “The Living Saint” because of her unconditional service for the poorest of the poor. 
She paid the Philippines a visit several times - in 1976,  1977, and once visited UST in 1984. 

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