Boise Man Reflects On Meeting Mother Teresa

Sep 8, 2016

Rick Harvey.
Credit Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

The woman known as Mother Teresa was recognized as a saint by the Catholic Church on Sunday. More than 100,000 people filled St. Peter's Square for the ceremony honoring a person who'd spent much of her life in India, helping the poor, the sick and the dying.

A Boise man who met Mother Teresa and spent time in her ministry says he knew this day would come. Rick Harvey is a local jeweler who also serves as an Archdeacon in the Episcopal Diocese.

Back in 1994 he got a call from his church, asking if he would like to go on a trip to Calcutta. If Harvey went, he'd have the opportunity to go to see Mother Teresa and spend time volunteering at her headquarters.

Harvey ended up going ... and said that phone call changed his life forever.

He says he knew when he met her, that she would someday become a saint.

"How could she not be a saint? It was just a matter of time. I think anybody who had been around her, even a little bit, knew there was something really special about this woman," says Harvey.

His story first appeared this week on the website 

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