A resolution declaring St. Teresa of Calcutta an “Adopted Calbayognon and Honorary Samarnon” was approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) of Calbayog following her canonization in Rome.
Sponsored by Councilor Charlito L. Coñejos, the resolution was unanimously seconded by SP members.
It was presented to the directress of the Missionaries of Charity by Mayor Ronaldo Aquino in a thanksgiving Mass held at Sts. Peter & Paul Cathedral in Calbayog City on Sept. 5, hours after Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa a Saint in Rome.
Part of the resolution was read “Whereas, Mother Teresa of Calcutta (later known as St. Teresa) founder of Missionaries of Charity, a known Catholic religious congregation consisting of over 4,500 sisters in 2012 and was active in 133 countries... whereas, she put up a mission center in Oquendo which has served several thousands of the poorest of the poor Calbayognons and its environs... Resolved, as it is hereby resolved to declare St. Teresa of Calcutta as adopted Calbayognon and Honorary Samarnon for her selfless work by visiting Calbayognons and putting up a mission center in Oquendo, Calbayog City.”
The resolution also cited the Missionaries of Charity’s service of running homes for “people dying of HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis, children’s and family counseling programs, and [giving] whole-hearted free services to the poorest of the poor...”
Aside from Holy Mother Teresa’s compassion for the marginalized and the poor, the SP cited her 1986 visit to the city, noting: “whereas, Calbayog must be a ‘blessed’ place for in December 31, 1986, the nun who was then hailed as ‘The Living Saint’ arrived in Samar and stayed for four days...”
This was not the first time Calbayog City gave such an honor to a non-Calbayognon.
In 2009, a posthumous declaration was passed by SP Calbayog for Fr. Cantius J. Kobak, OFM, who died in the US in 2004.
Kobak was recognized for his contribution as the recognized “Historian of Samar.” He was born Zdzislaw (Jesse) Kobak in Poland on June 29, 1930, migrated in 1937 to the US, where he finished all his studies.