Ralph Martin Recalls Meeting Mother Teresa


One of the real surprises of my life happened one morning in Rome, when I was invited to attend Pope John Paul II’s private Mass along with some of Mother Teresa’s sisters. After Mass, the pope began to greet each one of us. That is when I realized Mother Teresa was among the sisters there.

I had known Pope John Paul II from previous meetings, but he nevertheless astonished me by calling out in front of everybody, “Ralph Martin, I want to introduce you to Mother Teresa.” You can see the introduction happening in this photo!

And now? St. John Paul II pray for us! St. Mother Teresa, pray for us!

Ralph Martin

Ralph Martin is president of Renewal Ministries. He also hosts The Choices We Face, a widely viewed weekly Catholic television and radio program distributed throughout the world. Ralph holds a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum) in Rome and is a professor and the director of Graduate Theology Programs in the New Evangelization at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit. He was named by Pope Benedict XVI as a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization and was also appointed as a “peritus” to the Synod on the New Evangelization. Ralph is the author of a number of books, the most recent of which are The Urgency of the New Evangelization, The Fulfillment of All Desire, and Will Many Be Saved? He and his wife Anne have six children and sixteen grandchildren and reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

2 thoughts on “Ralph Martin Recalls Meeting Mother Teresa

  1. Amazing! A saint humbly introduces another saint! Thank you for sharing this beautiful memory with all of us.

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