Special mass marks Mother Teresa’s death, canonization into Sainthood

ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A canonization celebration for Mother Teresa serves multiple purposes as parishioners gathered Monday night.

Mother Teresa died 19 years ago today, but tonight Christians around the world including here in St. Louis are celebrating her life and now her new role in the Catholic Church.

For parishioners at Saints Teresa and Bridget Catholic Church, this year`s feast day mass which typically marks the anniversary of Mother Teresa`s death, takes on a different importance.

Pope Francis elevated Mother Teresa to sainthood Sunday morning in Vatican City.  For her followers in this north city church, it`s the best accolade for a life lived in faith and service.

That her work lives on through the Missionaries of Charity the international group of sisters who dedicate their lives to the charitable work inspired by their founder, Mother now Saint Teresa.

Mother Teresa is now officially known as St. Teresa of Calcutta.