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Author Jim Towey’s Book Updates

Founder Jim Towey’s book about Mother Teresa, To Love and Be Loved: A Personal Portrait of Mother Teresa, was published by Simon & Schuster on Sept. 6, just one day after the 25th anniversary of Mother Teresa’s death in 1997. All royalties from the book will be donated to charitable causes aligned with her life’s work.
“Towey portrays Mother Teresa in trademark sandals and sari, and also as a human who experienced loneliness, wrestled with doubts, and loved sweets…This personal portrait is by turns autobiographical, biographical, and devotional. Especially moving are the stories of Mother Teresa’s vivid calling through a vision, her dark night of the soul, and her final decline.”
— Booklist

“Though Towey’s personal, transformative relationship with Mother Teresa forms the central theme, he also offers a fascinating inside look into Mother Teresa’s daily life…Inspiring and joyful.”
—Kirkus Review


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About the Author

Jim Towey was a trusted advisor and personal friend of Mother Teresa of Calcutta for twelve years and did the first reading at her Mass of Canonization in Saint Peter’s Square. He headed the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives under George W. Bush and served on his senior staff.  His career spans the presidency of two Catholic colleges for thirteen years, a seven-year stint as a US Senate staffer, and the leadership of Florida’s 40,000-employee health and human services agency. In 1996, with Mother Teresa’s encouragement, he founded the nonprofit advocacy organization Aging with Dignity and created the Five Wishes advance directive, which has sold over 40 million copies and is used in all fifty states. Towey met his wife, Mary, in Mother Teresa’s Washington, DC, AIDS home, and they have five children and three grandchildren. He continues to provide pro bono legal services for the Missionaries of Charity. His book, To Love and Be Loved: A Personal Portrait of Mother Teresa, was published by Simon and Schuster in September 2022.

Upcoming Events for Jim Towey

MonthEvent NameLocation
SeptemberPanel on Mother Teresa SymposiumWashington, D.C.
Conversation with Fr. ScaliaFalls Church, VA
St. Hubert Parish EventChanhassen, MN
OctoberBush Center Old Parkland EventDallas, TX
Politics and Prose EventWashington, D.C.
American Enterprise Institute EventWashington, D.C.
Hearth and Soul EventTallahassee, FL
Cardinal Dolan’s Radio ShowNew York, NY
Florida Conference of Catholic Women Statewide Convention KeynoteSarasota, FL
University of Notre Dame Campus Ministry EventNotre Dame, IN
NovemberCatholic Information Center EventWashington, D.C.
EWTN: At Home with Jim and Joy Pinto DiscussionWashington, D.C.
DecemberPapal FoundationWashington, D.C.
Knights of Malta EventSyracuse, NY
FebruaryAve Maria University Student Center EventAve Maria, FL

For more information on event details email c.lauderback@agingwithdignity.org

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