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Whitworth Welcomes Mother Teresa’s Postulator Father Brian Kolodiejchuk

March 22, 2019
Whitworth University welcomes Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, author of Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light (The Private Writings of The Saint of Calcutta) and Jesus is My All in All: Praying with the "Saint of Calcutta” on April 2 at 7 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theatre.

Kolodiejchuk, director of the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Center, met the patron saint in Rome in 1977. Seven years later he became a member of the Missionaries of Charity Fathers, the religious community of priests she founded in 1984.

Kolodiejchuk spent 20 years with Mother Teresa. Upon her death he was appointed postulator of the cause of beatification and canonization. He discovered original letters Mother Teresa had written to her spiritual advisors. The letters cast new light on her desolation and despair and surprised the world after the book’s release in 2007.

During this presentation, “Mother Teresa's Business Card: Spiritual Values in a Commercial World,” Kolodiejchuk will present the contrasts between Mother Teresa’s lifestyle and current societal temptations regarding selfishness and consumerism. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Debbie Stierwalt, program assistant, theology department, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4721 or

Karen Petersen Finch, associate professor of theology, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3891 or