“What I can do, you cannot. What you can do,

I cannot. But together we can do something beautiful for God.”

Mother Teresa


From the beginning of the Missionaries of Charity, lay people from every part of the world and from different faiths and backgrounds wished to share in some way in the work of loving service to the poorest of the poor. Out of this group grew the International Association of Co-Workers of Mother Teresa.

Mother Teresa asked the Co-Workers to know and serve the poor in their own families, neighborhoods, working places, towns and cities first, for “charity begins at home.” Co-Workers are also invited to work with the local Missionaries of Charity and encouraged to come together as a group whenever possible for prayer and sharing. For the information on how to become a co-worker, please contact the nearest house of the Missionaries of Charity.




 Many people, especially young people, feel called to contribute to the work of love that Mother Teresa began. They do not necessarily join the formal group of Co-Workers, but rather participate in the Sisters’ service of the poorest of the poor, by offering their time and talents for a period of time (from just a few hours to possibly a couple of years). By giving their “heart to love and hands to serve,” as Mother Teresa used to say, in different parts of the world the volunteers join the Sisters in the work and in prayer, as much as their schedule permits them.


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