Bishop Robert McElroy of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego was scheduled to celebrate mass in a Southcrest church Sunday evening, in honor of Mother Teresa of Calcutta being canonized a saint today by Pope Francis in Rome.
The bilingual English/Spanish mass was planned for 5 p.m. at St. Jude Shrine of the West Catholic Church on Boston Avenue at 38th Street, according to the Diocese.
In 1992, Mother Teresa purchased a home near the parish to establish a contemplative home for the Missionaries of Charity, according to the church's website.
She was in residence briefly in 1996 and attended Mass there on June 9 of that year. The event was commemorated with a granite stone placed outside the parish building.
"The whole of Mother Teresa's life and labor of love bore witness to the joy of loving, the greatness and dignity of every human person, the value of little things done faithfully and with love, and the surpassing worth of
friendship with God," the statement said.