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KANSAS,#CmHOUC March Zl, t998 Page 9 ..... ~,~ . . ..... ~. Sister Nirmala Joshi took over leader- ship of the Missionaries of Charity a Year ago. ByAnne Nigli life-size statue with her characteristic people with different personalities to CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE hunched back sits. have different preferences." "It has become a place of pilgrimage Missionaries of Charity nuns, who CALGUTrA, India -- A year after Sis- now," a nun told UCA News. The sisters generally decline to divulge their names, ter NirmalaJoshi became the Missionaries have made a special entrance from the still go out to work in pairs. of Charity head, nothing seems to have road to allow direct access to the grave When she took charge, Sister Nirmala changed in the fast-growing women's roll- and fixed visiting hours from 8 a.m. to said the congregation would continue to gious congregation Mother Teresa noon and 3-6 p.m. do what they had been doing and remain founded. Flowers, candles, Missionaries of Char- "true to our charism and spirituality." The only acdvity and flashbulbs on iv/nuns and volunteers distributing cards Lay volunteers still come to help serve March 13, the first anniversary of Sister with Mother Teresa's sayings greet vial- the sick, poor and dying, nuns said. Nirmala's election, were around the grave tars. Outside, a now-dusty cloth banner Missionaries of Charity sources said that of Mother Teresa, reported UCA News, proclaiming love for Mother Teresa except for her shift from the contempla- an Asian church news agency based in peeps through campaign banners fromfive to the active, Sister Nirmala has not Thailand. recent elections, changed. In the past year she has visited Missionaries of Charity nuns told The rest of the hotise resembles a Africa, the Americas, the Philippines and UCA News that people continue to flock traditional convent rather than the bus- Rome, attending professions of vows de- to the grave, although publicity sur- fling house that drew people from all spite attacks of malaria. Fifty women en- rounding Mother Teresa is on the wane. walks of life for Mother Teresa's bless- ter the congregation each year. The signboard at the Missionaries of ing. Archbishop Henry d'Souza of Calcutta Charity motherhouse still reads: '~Mother "They don't do the same for Sister told UCA News the 51-year-old congrega- Teresa -- IN." She died of cardiac arrest Nirmala," said one nun. tion is "doing well" under Sister Nirmala's Sept. 5. The new leadership has made no leadership.JesuitFatherLawrenceAbello, Nuns escort visitors to Mother Teresa's policy changes, one nun said, adding, "It chaplain at the motherhouse, said noth- customary place in the chapel, where her is surprising, since one would expect ing has changed. 'Deaconesses' were blessed by Church, not ordained, according to historical research By Cindy Wooden called for a reinstitution of the perma- to as deaconesses in the Bible were blessed Potential candidates for the !CATI'IOLIC NEWS SERVICE :': :VATICAN CITY-- Permanent dea- ,,cgns are ordained ministers whose spiri- ".~ and intellectual preparation must ":~Pare them to be models of Christ '~ ,m servant, said two new Vatican docu- ~ ~nts. '? pe m ent diaconate a vocation by the Sacrament of Holy Orders, , mcl~ is reserved to men, Vatican offi- ,.~ said d g their March 10 presenta- of the documents. ~:~,.The Vadcan published "Fundamental , 9rms for the Formation of Permanent eaco - "~.._ ns, by the Congregation for Catho- ., c Education, and the "Directory for the t~Cfinistty and Life of Permanent Deacons," . the ( -.ongregation for Clergy, together a single 144-page volume available only ~ Gardinal Pio Laghi, head of the educa- n COngregation, said the documents ere not aimed at any abuses, but were Pttblished in order to ensure consistency ~ro~e training and ministry of deacons th'xd the world. After centuries in which the diaconate Only a transitional phase before the .~thood, the Second Vatican Council nent diaconate, by Church leaders, but not sacramentally Cardinal Laghi said there are currently ordained. 22,390 permanent deacons in the world, The deaconesses, he said, "received a more than half of them ministering in blessing, but not a sacrament as far as we the United States. In the investigation and know according to historical research." consultation phases of preparing the The sacramental configuration to documents, he said, %ere we very in- Christ, he said, always has been reserved spired" by the norms already published to men, whether in the role of deacon, by the U.S. bishops, priest or bishop. 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