Sister Nirmala Joshi, who succeeded Mother Teresa as the head of the Missionaries of Charity founded by the Nobel laureate, breathed her last today. She was 81. A Missionaries of Charity official said Sister Nirmala was not keeping well for the past few days and her health was gradually deteriorating. Her body would be brought to Mother House tomorrow morning and the funeral will be held at 4 pm.
“Any one who wants to pay respect can come to Mother House tomorrow”, said the officials. On March 13, 1997, six months before Mother Teresa’s death, Sister Nirmala was selected the Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity.
Sister Mary Prema was elected to succeed Sister Nirmala during a general chapter held in Calcutta in April 2009.
Many politicians and well known people have expressed their condolences over Twitter.
My deepest condolences to the Missionaries of Charity family on the passing away of Sister Nirmala.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 23, 2015
Sister Nirmala’s life was devoted to service, caring for the poor & underprivileged. Saddened by her demise. May her soul rest in peace.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 23, 2015
Saddened at the passing of Sister Nirmala who headed Missionaries of Charity after Mother Teresa. Kolkata and the world will miss her— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) June 23, 2015
Extremely saddened at the passing away of Sister Nirmala.She carried forward Mother Teresa’s work with quiet dedication &dignity;(1/2)— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) June 23, 2015
Sister Nirmala also left a huge impact on Indians who are not available on Twitter to express their grief at her loss.