Mary Prema Pierick

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Sister Mary Prema Pierick, M.C. (born 13 May 1953), is an Indian Catholic religious sister and the current Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity of Calcutta, India, the religious institute founded by the Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta. She is of German descent.

Sister Mary Prema Pierick, M.C.
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Sr Mary in 2016
TitleSuperior General of the Missionaries of Charity
Mechthild Pierick

(1953-05-13) 13 May 1953 (age 67)
ReligionRoman Catholicism
Senior posting
Period in office2009-
PredecessorNirmala Joshi


She was born Mechthild Pierick in a farming community in Reken, Germany. In 1980, after reading the biography of the foundress, Something Beautiful for God by Malcolm Muggeridge, she went to meet Mother Teresa in Berlin. She felt called to join her work and moved to India to join the Missionaries.[1]

Pierick eventually became the Regional Superior of the institute for the Sisters in Europe. She returned to India to supervise the tertianship program of the institute, the last stage of training before final religious profession. She succeeded Sister Nirmala Joshi as Superior General on 24 March 2009, heading an institute which had over 5,000 members worldwide at that time.[2]


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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Sister Nirmala Joshi, M.C.
Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity
2009 – present