Her family was of Albanian descent. At the age of twelve, she felt strongly the call of God. She knew she had to be a missionary to spread the love of Christ. At the age of eighteen she left her parental home in Skopje and joined the Sisters of Loreto, an Irish community of nuns with missions in India.
She is also known as the founder of the only Catholic religious order still growing in membership. At the time of her birth Skopje was located within the Ottoman Empire, a vast empire controlled by the Turks in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
Agnes was the last of three children born to Nikola and Dranafile Bojaxhiu, Albanian grocers. When Agnes was nine years old, her happy, comfortable, close-knit family life was upset when her father died. She attended public school in Skopje, and first showed religious interests as a member of a school society that focused on foreign missions groups that travel to foreign countries to spread their religious beliefs.
By the age of twelve she felt she had a calling to help the poor.
When she was eighteen, Mother Teresa left home to join a community of Irish nuns, the Sisters of Loretto, who had a mission in Calcutta, India. She received training in Dublin, Ireland, and in Darjeeling, India, taking her first religious vows in and her final religious vows in Although the school was close to the slums terribly poor sectionsthe students were mainly wealthy.
In Mother Teresa experienced what she called a second vocation or "call within a call. In the Vatican residence of the pope in Vatican City, Italy gave her permission to leave the Sisters of Loretto and to start a new work under the guidance of the Archbishop of Calcutta. Her first venture in Calcutta was to gather unschooled children from the slums and start to teach them.
She quickly attracted both financial support and volunteers. In her group, now called the Missionaries of Charity, received official status as a religious community within the Archdiocese of Calcutta.
Members took the traditional vows of poverty, chastity purityand obedience, but they added a fourth vow—to give free service to the most poor. The Missionaries of Charity received considerable publicity, and Mother Teresa used it to benefit her work.
In they began to work with lepers those suffering from leprosy, a terrible infectious disease and slowly expanded their educational work, at one point running nine elementary schools in Calcutta. They also opened a home for orphans and abandoned children. Before long they had a presence in more than twenty-two Indian cities.
Benefactors, or those donating money, regularly would arrive to support works in progress or to encourage the Sisters to open new ventures.
The same year she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. In she persuaded President Fidel Castro — to allow a mission in Cuba. In Mother Teresa sent her Missionaries of Charity into Russia and opened a home for acquired immune deficiency syndrome AIDS; an incurable disease that weakens the immune system patients in San Francisco, California.
In she returned home to Albania and opened a home in Tirana, the capital. At this time there were homes operating in India.The contemplative prayer life of Mother Teresa The humor of Mother Teresa What social workers can learn from her mercy and love regarding meaningful work and service. This detailed biography of Mother Teresa shows the life and achievements of Mother Teresa of Kolkata.
She was the founder of Missionaries of Charity. In , Mother Teresa asked to resign as head of the Missionaries, but was soon voted back in as Superior General. On March 13, , six months before Mother Teresa's death, Sister Mary Nirmala Joshi was selected the new Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity.
As Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity expanded at an amazing rate, so did international recognition for her work. Although Mother Teresa was awarded numerous honors, including the Nobel Peace Prize in , she never took personal credit for her accomplishments. Watch video · r-bridal.com examines the life and works of Mother Teresa, founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity who was declared a saint in Kids learn about Mother Teresa's biography.
A great humanitarian from India. Parents and This means she did things to help out other people. Her entire life was fully devoted to helping the poor, the sick, the needy, and the helpless.
She received numerous awards for all her charity work including the Presidential Medal of Freedom .