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Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Feast Day: September 5

How to make Naan Flatbread

Today I am feasting with… Saint Teresa of Calcutta.

Saint Teresa of Calcutta

To celebrate her feast day, I’m making Naan Flatbread. This traditional Indian flatbread is easy to prepare and delicious to eat! I can just imagine Saint Teresa feeding the poor of India with naan bread like this.

The Life of Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was born on August 26, 1910 in Skopje. As a teen, Agnes was very involved in her local parish youth group. This involvement led to her interest in missionary work. When Agnes was 17, she joined the Sisters of Loretto, an order of Catholic missionary nuns in India. She chose the name, Teresa.

Sister Teresa served as a teacher and later the principal of the girls’ high school. Unfortunately, she contracted tuberculosis and was unable to continue teaching. She left for Darjeeling, to rest and recover, however, on the way she received her “call within the call” to serve the poorest of the poor in Calcutta.

Missionaries of Charity

Founding the Missionaries of Charity in 1950, Mother Teresa lived and worked in the slums. She taught the children, nursed the sick and dying, fed the hungry, and aided them both physically and spiritually.

Her dedicated work and compassion for the poor grew rapidly through the Missionaries of Charity. The organization now comforts the sick and dying all around the world. They welcome the abused and unwanted, and help feed and clothe anyone in need.

Nobel Peace Prize

In 1979, Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her humanitarian work. The ceremonial banquet was to cost $6000, but Mother Teresa had other plans for the money. She convinced the committee to donate the banquet funds to the poor of Calcutta instead. With this money, she was able to help feed the poor for a whole year!

She truly made a difference in this world by serving the poor with love and humility. Mother Teresa gave her life fully to the service of God. Serving Him, by caring for His people.

She died on September 5, 1997, and was canonized on September 4, 2016.

Saint Teresa’s feast day is September 5. She is the patron saint of the Missionaries of Charity and the co-patron of World Youth Day.

Saint Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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  • 1 ½ cups Whole Milk
  • ½ teaspoon Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 3-4 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter, softened (for finishing)

Preparation Instructions:

  • Pour the milk into a large liquid measuring glass and heat in the microwave until warm to the touch (approximately 110°F).
  • Add the heated milk into a mixing bowl and sprinkle with the yeast and sugar. Allow this mixture to rest for 4-5 minutes; until the yeast begins to bubble.
  • Add 2 ½ cups of flour and salt.
  • Mix well to combine.
  • Gradually add the flour in small amounts, until a soft dough is formed that cleans the sides of the bowl, and the dough is smooth and elastic (about 3-5 minutes).
  • Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, and let it rest at room temperature, covered lightly with a towel, for two hours.
  • After the dough has rested, turn it onto a lightly floured surface and divide the dough into 16 equal portions, rounding each into a ball shape.
  • One-by-one roll out each dough ball into a 4-5 inch circle.
  • On a cooktop, over medium-high, heat a large ungreased skillet or griddle pan.
  • Place the flattened dough rounds directly onto the hot surface and allow the underside to brown, approximately 2-3 minutes (the top should puff and bubble some).
  • Once the bottom has some nice brown spotting, flip the naan over to brown on the other side.
  • Remove from the skillet and brush lightly with the softened butter*.
  • Continue with the remaining dough. 
  • This recipe is easily doubled and freezes well. 

*Optional: Add garlic powder to the softened butter before brushing.