Local Man Reflects on Mother Teresa’s Sainthood

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The late Mother Teresa officially becomes Saint Teresa of Calcutta this Sunday when Pope Francis elevates her to sainthood. Among the local Catholics in attendance will be one man who says the humble nun changed his life.

John Foppe is the executive director of the Society of St. Vincent DePaul in the St. Louis Archdiocese. He was born without arms and went on to become a motivational speaker. During a speech in 2006 at a Missionaries of Charity retreat in New Jersey, Mother Teresa’s nuns asked what they could do for him.

“At the time, my wife and I were really having difficulties conceiving a child,” Foppe says. “We asked that they pray for a baby and they just lit up and they explained how Mother Teresa often prayed with infertile couples. Then she would send them away and say ‘One year from today, you bring me a baby.'” About a month after this encounter, the Foppes finally conceived.

Foppe and his wife now have a 9-year-old girl named Faith Teresa, who he says is the “joy” of their lives.

He adds Mother Teresa’s upcoming sainthood is a testament to all the selfless work she did to help the less fortunate all around the world.

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