Kolkata(web team): Sister Nirmala, Mother Teresa’s successor as Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity, died on Tuesday morning. She was 81 when she breathed her last.
Born in Ranchi in 1934 to a soldier who came from Nepal, Nirmala Joshi joined the order at the age of 17, after converting from Hinduism.
Her body will be brought to Mother House tomorrow morning and the funeral will be held at 4 PM.
“Anyone who wants to pay respects can come to Mother House tomorrow”, an official said.
After joining the Missionaries of Charity, Sister Nirmala studied law at the insistence of Mother Teresa, who often took her along during her tours abroad.
On March 13, 1997, six months before Mother Teresa’s death, Sister Nirmala was selected the Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity.
Sister Nirmala was bestowed with the Padma Vibhushan in 2009 for her services to the nation.
Sister Mary Prema was elected to succeed Sister Nirmala during a general chapter held in Calcutta in April 2009.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolences over the demise of Sister Nirmala who succeeded Mother Teresa as the head of the Missionaries of Charity founded by the Nobel laureate.
“Sister Nirmala’s life was devoted to service, caring for the poor and underprivileged. Saddened by her demise. May her soul rest in peace. My deepest condolences to the Missionaries of Charity family on the passing away of Sister Nirmala,” he said.
Rahul Gandhi also took to Twitter too to condole the demise of Sister Nirmala.
The official handle of Indian National Congress tweeted that Congress President Sonia Gandhi extended her condolences as well over the passing away of Sister Nirmala.