A couple with connections to St. Teresa of Calcutta and the White House will be featured speakers at a “Faith on Fire” event at St. Alphonsus Parish in Wexford on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m.

The public is invited to hear Jim and Mary Towey speak about their time with the woman affectionately known around the world as Mother Teresa as well as Jim’s time as the director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives during the George W. Bush administration.

Faith on Fire will be held in the Ryan Center on the St. Alphonsus campus at 201 Church Road in Wexford (Pine Twp.) The event includes speakers, music, food and fellowship.

Jim Towey is the president of Ave Maria University in Florida and the former president of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.

In 1985 Mr. and Mrs. Towey became personal friends with Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Mr. Towey served as her legal counsel in the United States during the last 12 years of her life. He was a full-time volunteer for her for two years, living with her order of priests in their seminary in Tijuana, Mexico, and caring for the dying in her home for people with AIDS in Washington.

Mr. Towey was a member of the official U.S. delegations sent to Mother Teresa’s funeral in Calcutta in 1997 and her beatification at St. Peter’s Basilica in 2003.

At the urging of Mother Teresa, Mr. Towey founded Aging with Dignity, a non-profit organization that helps families plan for and discuss end-of-life care. He created the widely popular advance directive Five Wishes, which has sold over 20 million copies and is available in 23 languages.

His frequent media appearances include The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the PBS News Hour and Fox News’ Fox and Friends.

Jim and his wife Mary have five children and reside in the town of Ave Maria, Florida.