|Photos by Patrick Michels|
|Mother Teresa's crosses were on display Tuesday night.|
Twenty years after Mother Teresa visited Dallas to found a local order of her Missionaries of Charity, a choice selection of her personal effects returned to Oak Cliff's St. James Catholic Church last night, drawing a fair-sized crowd to a special evening mass.
Auxiliary Bishop of Dallas Mark Seitz
presided over the service, which he closed with a story about the "secret mass" she gave on her last visit, while he was still in seminary. The service also included a prayer petitioning for her canonization -- worshipers stuck around afterward to write letters to the Vatican, petitioning for her sainthood as well.
The south Oak Cliff church wasn't nearly packed as other stops on this tour
, but almost all of the crowd stuck around after the mass to pay their respects up close to Mother Teresa's crosses, rosary and sandals, plus a vial of her blood and some hair.
A coterie of Missionaries of Charity sisters have been escorting her relics around the world, visiting packed churches from Boston
. After the 6 p.m. service yesterday, the sisters held the relics up by the altar, as worshippers filed past to touch or kiss them. Jump for more photos.
|The crowd stuck around long after the 6 p.m. service to venerate Mother Teresa's relics.|
|Mother Teresa's crucifix and rosary.|
|A worshipper touches the case around Mother Teresa's sandals.|
|Families queued up beside the altar to walk past the relics.|