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.

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.