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Co-founder of Missionaries of Charity Fathers dies

October 21, 2010

Father Joseph Langford, who, together with Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, founded the Missionaries of Charity Fathers, has died in Tijuana following a yearlong struggle with cancer. He was 59.

In 1979, Father Langford sought Blessed Teresa’s approval for the incorporation of priests into the charism of the Missionaries of Charity. After a year of discernment, she agreed, and the Priest Co-Workers, later named the Corpus Christi Movement for Priests, began. In 1984, the Missionaries of Charity Fathers were established as a religious institute; the Corpus Christi Movement continues as an association for diocesan priests.


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