BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Mother Teresa has had an impact on millions of people across the world, and that includes many in the Baton Rouge area.
Bishop Robert Muench first met Mother Teresa when she spoke at the World's Fair in 1984 in New Orleans. He says what stood out most to him was her desire to help those in need.
"Her heart was on fire for helping people, and it wasn't just something that she would do one day a week. It was what she was all about," Muench said.
Saint Agnes Church in Baton Rouge held a special mass for Mother Teresa Sunday afternoon in honor of her canonization. Sisters of the church say Teresa helped them start a shelter for homeless women and children back in 1985.
"We're extremely happy about it. It's... it's made us thank God for the beauty of her life and her mission in caring for the poorest of the poor," said Sister Christa of Saint Agnes.
Father Andrew Merrick gave a passionate sermon at mass about what Mother Teresa means to him. He called her an inspiration to all.
"It is just a celebration of exactly who she is, the recognition that she is someone who is so conformed to Christ, that literally the love of Christ radiated out through her," Merrick said.
Muench says that if Mother Teresa were alive today, she would be happy to see how everyone in the community of Baton Rouge is helping each other move on from the difficulty of the recent floods.
"Maybe we've captured a little bit of her spirit, intentionally or unintentionally, but I certainly seen that evidenced greatly in our community," Muench said.