Mother Teresa’s Successor, Sister Nirmala Joshi, Dies at 81
She was elected to lead Missionaries of Charity, the organization Mother Teresa founded, in 1997
Sister Nirmala Joshi, the nun who succeeded Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa as head of her organization Missionaries of Charity, passed away in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata late Monday night.
The 81-year-old nun had been suffering from a heart ailment and had recently returned to a Missionaries of Charity home in the city after spending some time in the hospital, the Archbishop of Kolkata told the Indian Express.
“She breathed her last peacefully,” Archbishop Father Thomas D’Souza said. “She was a great soul.”
Joshi joined Missionaries of Charity — the social-service organization set up by Mother Teresa — in 1976, and was elected as its superior general a few months before Mother Teresa’s death in 1997. She helmed the charity until 2009, when she was succeeded by current Superior General Sister Prema.
Several Indian leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, were quick to express their condolences on social media.
Saddened at the passing of Sister Nirmala who headed Missionaries of Charity after Mother Teresa. Kolkata and the world will miss her
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, left, arrives to pay tribute to Sister Nirmala, who succeeded Mother Teresa, as the head of Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by the later in Kolkata, India, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. The 81 years old nun died in Kolkata early Tuesday. (AP Photo/ Bikas Das)
Sister Nirmala's life was devoted to service, caring for the poor & underprivileged. Saddened by her demise. May her soul rest in peace.