WASHINGTON (September 10, 1997) -- Bishop William G. Curlin of Charlotte, North Carolina and Most Reverend John R. Roach, the former Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, will represent the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/United States Catholic Conference at the funeral of Mother Teresa. The two bishops and Mr. Kenneth Hackett, Executive Director of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), will also be part of the U.S. delegation to the funeral.
Mother Teresa, foundress of the Missionaries of Charity, died September 5 after a lifetime of service to the poor and powerless. A state funeral will be held in India on September 13.
Bishop Curlin had a 25-year friendship with Mother Teresa and preached several retreats for the Missionaries of Charity. Archbishop Roach is a former President of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/United States Catholic Conference. CRS, the overseas relief agency of American Catholics, has carried on work in India for many years.
First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton will head the U.S. delegation to the funeral of Mother Teresa.