Mother Teresa

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Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa

When she was twelve, she went on a trip where she encountered her first real religious calling. In 1928, when Agnes Bojaxhiu was 18 she decided to become a nun and set off for Ireland and joined the Sisters of Loreto. She then got the name Sister Mary Teresa, after Saint Therese of Liseaux. In May 1931, she made her first profession of vows.

She went to Calcutta, to teach and dedicated herself to alleviating the girls’ poverty through education. On September 10, 1946, Mother Teresa experienced “a call within a call”, when Christ spoke to her and told her to start aiding the sick and poor. In the August of 1948, she set out on a new journey to aid “the unwanted, the unloved, the uncared for.”

She opened a school and established a home for the dying destitute, and convinced the city government to donate to her cause. With larger donations, pouring in from India and across the world, she established a leper colony, an orphanage, a nursing home, a family clinic, and a string of mobile health clinics throughout the 1960’s and 60’s

. In February 1965, Pope Paul VI bestowed her the Decree of Praise. By the time of her death in 1997, the missionaries of Charity numbered more than 4000, with thousands more volunteers and 610 foundations in 123 countries.



In October 1950, she won canonical recognition. Pope Paul VI, bestowed the Decree of Praise upon the missionaries of charity, which prompted Mother Teresa to begin expanding internationally. She had established many, institutes that helped the deprived, and she gained recognition for her worthy efforts, and loving heart.

Birth & Death

Motheer Teresa was born on August 26, 1910 in Skopje. Her parents, Nikola and Dranafile Bojaxhiu, were of Albanian descent; her father was an entrepreneur who worked as a construction contractor and a trader of medicines and other supplies. After several years of deteriorating health, in which she suffered from heart, lung and kidney problems, Mother Teresa died on September 5, 1997, at the age of 87.


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