Cofounder of Mother Teresa's Priestly Order Dies

TIJUANA, Mexico, OCT. 18, 2010 ( The priest who cofounded with Mother Teresa the Missionaries of Charity priestly order has died. He was 59.

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The Archdiocese of Tijuana reported the death of Missionary of Charity Father Joseph Michael Langford. He passed away last Wednesday at 1 a.m., the archdiocese reported.

Joseph Langford was born in Ohio on June 25, 1951, and ordained in Rome on March 25, 1978.

He worked as a volunteer with Mother Teresa’s missionaries, until they founded together in 1984 the priestly branch.

He started to work in the Archdiocese of Tijuana in 1988, serving as the superior-general of the Missionaries of Charity priests, and from 1998-1999 as the pastoral vicar of the archdiocese. He served for a time in Rome and returned again in the early years of this decade to Tijuana, where he remained until his death.

Last year, he published a book on the founder: «Mother Teresa’s Secret Fire.»

His funeral will be Wednesday.

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