Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on August 26, 1910 in Skopje,
Macedonia into a family of two parents, and two older siblings, all of Albanian decent. At age 12, she felt strongly the call
of God and later on in her teens became a member of a youth group in her local parish called Sodality. At age 17, she joined
an Irish Order, the Sisters of Loretto, a community known for their missionary work in India. When she took her vows as a
Sister of Loretto, she chose the name Teresa after Saint Thérèse of Lisieux.
In Calcutta, India, Mother Teresa taught geography and cathechism at St.
Mary's High School, and in 1944, she became principal, but had to stop teaching soon after, as she had contracted tuberculosis
and was sent to Darjeeling for treatment. It was on the train to Darjeeling that she recieved her second calling: to leave
the covenant and living among and help the poor.
In 1948, Mother Teresa recieved permission from the Vatican to leave the
Sisters of Loretto and pursue her calling. She started a school in the slums of Calcutta to teach the children of the poor.
She also learned basic medicine and went into the homes of the sick to treat them. On October 7,
1950, Mother Teresa recieved permission from the Holy See to start her own order, "The Missionaries of Charity", whose primary
task was to serve, love, and care for the poor. Today, this order has spread all over the world. Help is provided to the poorest
of the poor in Asia, Africa and Latin America, as well as helping people in the event of natural disasters. The Missionaries
of Charity aslo has houses in North America, Europe, and Australia, where they take care of alcoholics, drug-addicts, the
homeless, and AID sufferers.
Mother Teresa sadly passed away on September 5, 1997, in her covenant in
India, at the age of 87. Throughout her life, Mother Teresa has recieved many awards including the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize,
the 1971 Pope John XXIII Peace Prize, and India's Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding in 1972. She also
recieved the Balzan Prize in 1979, and the Templeton and Magsaysay awards.
May she rest in peace...