When P.M. Joseph, popularly known as Calcutta Joseph, a native of Kottayam, and his wife Mariamma Joseph gave out the courtyard of their home in Kolkata to a nun who wanted to start a school for the destitute, little did they know that this would turn into a lifelong blessing.
For the nun, the school at 16, Bedford Lane was one of the first ones she started in the city. The Josephs’ random act of kindness led to a lifelong bond of friendship and love between the nun – who went on to become the world-renowned Mother Teresa – and the family. The couple, their children and grandchildren consider this to be the best blessing and fortune God has bestowed on their family.
Mr. Joseph’s grandchild Chacko Simon, who is an advocate, spoke to The Kochi Post. Ahead of the Canonization of Mother Teresa, when she will be proclaimed a saint, Mr. Chacko shared some of his memories about the family’s association with Mother Teresa.