Guest, Brian Kolodiejchuk

Guest Name: 
Brian Kolodiejchuk
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Priest
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Canadian born Father Brian Kolodiejchuk joined the Missionaries of Charity Fathers at the time of their foundation on 13 October 1984.   He was ordained in 1985 in the Ukrainian Catholic Church of St. John the Baptist in Newark, New Jersey, USA, by the late Metropolitan-Archbishop of Winnipeg, Maxim Hermaniuk, C.Ss.R.

Father Brian received a B.A. in Philosophy from St. Michael’s College of the University of Toronto, Canada, in 1977 and an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Manitoba, Canada, in 1981 and a M.Div. in Theology from St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie, New York, USA He received his Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Saybrook Institute, San Francisco, USA.   

He was appointed Postulator of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Mother Teresa of Kolkata, 19 March 1999. and became Director of the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Center, 18. June 2004.  He is author of a soon to be released book on Mother Teresa’s interior life, "Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light" (Published by Doubleday, September 4, 2007).

Overview

Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta by Mother Teresa, Brian Kolodiejchuk

This historic work reveals the inner spiritual life of one of the most beloved and important religious figures in history.

During her lifelong service to the poorest of the poor, Mother Teresa became an icon of compassion to people of all religions; her extraordinary contributions to the care of the sick, the dying, and thousands of others nobody else was prepared to look after has been recognized and acclaimed throughout the world. Little is known, however, about her own spiritual heights or her struggles. This collection of her writing and reflections, almost all of which have never been made public before, sheds light on Mother Teresa's interior life in a way that reveals the depth and intensity of her holiness for the first time.

Compiled and presented by Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, M.C., who knew Mother Teresa for twenty years and is the postulator for her cause for sainthood and director of the Mother Teresa Center, Mother Teresa brings together letters she wrote to her spiritual advisors over decades. A moving chronicle of her spiritual journey—including moments, indeed years, of utter desolation—these letters reveal the secrets she shared only with her closest confidants. She emerges as a classic mystic whose inner life burned with the fire of charity and whose heart was tested and purified by an intense trial of faith, a true dark night of the soul.

Published to coincide with the tenth anniversary of her death, Mother Teresa is an intimate portrait of a woman whose life and work continue to be admired by millions of people.