‘Canonisation of Mother Teresa’ Logo by Goan


Mumbai-based Goan graphic designer Karen Vaswani nee D’Lima designed a logo of Mother Teresa cuddling a child. This logo has been selected as the official logo for the canonization of the ‘Saint of the gutters’.

It was originally designed as a masthead for the local sainthood thanksgiving celebrations in Kolkata. Karen, whose parents hail from Porvorim and Aldona, identifies herself as a hardcore Goan. She based her design on one of Mother Teresa’s classic poses, where she lovingly cradles a baby in her arms.

“The to-be-saint’s maternal love is best depicted in this pose,” said Karen. The deep blue and gold halos around Mother Teresa are prominent in the logo and bears the words ‘Canonisation of Mother Teresa’.

Logo’s recognition

Karen’s work in Mumbai (posters, banners and social media campaigns designed for Mumbai churches) were noticed by the archdiocese of Kolkata, who then approached her to design a logo for the sainthood celebrations in Kolkata.

When her creation was sent to Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, the postulator for the cause of Mother Teresa’s canonization in Rome, he was impressed and decided that it be used for canonization celebrations around the world.

Celebration of Nun’s sainthood

Karen belongs to the parish of Our Lady of Victories Church in Mahim, where she conducts the Victory Chorus Line Choir. Even though she will not be attending the canonization in Rome next month, she will lead her choir in a concert organized on September 4, as part of the local celebrations of the Albanian nun’s sainthood.

Karen hopes to visit the mother house in Kolkata, soon. Inspired by Mother Teresa, she does her bit for society, designing packaging for chutneys and pickles made by tribals from Mumbai’s Aarey Milk Colony and promoting their sales on social media.