Sister Nirmala Joshi, who succeeded Mother Teresa as the head of Missionaries of Charity, died on 22 June 2015 following a prolonged illness in Kolkata. She was 81. Sister Nirmala's life was devoted to service, caring for poor and underprivileged.
On 13 March 1997, six months before Mother Teresa's death in 1997, Sister Nirmala was selected as the Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity. In April 2009, Sister Mary Prema was elected to succeed Sister Nirmala during a general chapter held in Calcutta.
Sister Nirmala was born in Ranchi on 23 July 1934 to a Brahmin soldier who came from Nepal. She had joined the Order at the age of 17.
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