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  • Nirmala Joshi, M.C., is a Roman Catholic Religious Sister who succeeded the famed Mother Teresa of Calcutta as Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity in March 1997. Joshi was born in 1934 in Ranchi, then in Bihar in the British Indian Empire. Her parents were from Nepal and her father was an officer of the British Army until the nation's independence in 1947. Although the family was Hindu, she was educated by Christian missionaries in Patna. At that time she learned of Mother Teresa's work and wanted to share in that service. She soon converted to Roman Catholicism and joined the Missionaries of Charity, founded by Mother Teresa. Joshi has a Master's degree in Political Science from an Indian university and additional training as a lawyer. She was one of the first Sisters of the institute to head a foreign mission when she went to Panama. In 1976, Joshi started the contemplative branch of the Missionaries of Charity, and remained at its head until 1997 when she was elected to succeed Mother Teresa as Superior General of the institute. The government of India bestowed the Padma Vibhushan award on Sister Nirmala on Republic Day 2009 for her services to the nation.

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