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Local Residents Celebrate the Life of Mother Teresa

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Father Steve Worsley spent time working with Mother Teresa and was with the nuns of her convent when she died
RALEIGH — While thousands mourn Mother Teresa in India, people in the Triangleremembered the modern-day saint and celebrated her life.

WRAL'sAmandaLambspoke with a priest Friday night who had a very special connection with Mother Teresa, one which changed his life.

Father Steve Worsley first met Mother Teresa on a rainy morning in Romein 1993. He says he will never forget how she sat cross-legged on thefloor of a church and urged the group of priests to continue to helpothers.

Worsley heard that calling and started working with the Missionaries of Charity, and that's exactly where he was when he heard the news of her death.

For four years Worsley has been on an odyssey, working with MotherTeresa's nuns. He was with them when she died and said first there wasgrief, then joy.

Worsley said Mother Teresa was very direct about what she asked of them.

Worsley heard the call and after a visit with nuns in Ethiopia, he changedhis life.

"When I came back I sold most of my toys, sent the money to Africa, and Ithink I lost 30 pounds in the next three months," said Worsley

He continued to work with the sisters, women who will carry on the legacyMother Teresa left behind.

The world will say goodbye to Mother Teresa in a grand way, but Worsleysays attention was never her goal.

There are 4000 of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity in 150countries, and Worsley said he has confidence that they will carry on hergood work. And he intends to do the same.

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