Mother Teresa Biography:
In 1910, Mother Teresa was born on 26 August in Skopje, Macedonia to Nikolle Bojaxhiu and his wife Dranafile Bojaxhiu. She has two siblings, a sister named Aga Bojaxhiu and a brother Lazar Bojaxhiu. She is the youngest of three children.
|Mother Teresa Biography|
|Name||Mother Mary Teresa Bojaxhiu|
|Real Name||Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu|
|Famous as||Mother Teresa|
|Date of Birth||26 Aug 1910|
|Died||5 Sep 1997 (aged 87)|
|Birth Place||Skopje, Macedonia.|
|Family||Father: Nikolle Bojaxhiu |
Mother: Dranafile Bojaxhiu
Sister: Aga Bojaxhiu
Brother: Lazar Bojaxhiu
|National||Ottoman subject (1910–1912) |
Serbian subject (1912–1915)
Bulgarian subject (1915–1918)
Yugoslavian subject (1918–1943)
Yugoslavian citizen (1943–1948)
Indian subject (1948–1950)
Indian citizen (1950–1997)
Albanian citizen (1991–1997)
United States, honorary citizenship (awarded 1996)
In 1922, at the age of twelve, for the first time, she felt strongly the call of God. she knew that she had to be a missionary to spread the love of Christ.
In 1928, she left her parental home in Skopje and joined the sisters of Loreto, an Irish community of nuns with missions in India. After a few months of training in Dublin, on May 24, 1931, she took her initial vows as a nun. And then, she was sent to India.
From 1931 to 1948
Mother Teresa taught at St. Mary’s High School for girls in Calcutta. A school run by Loreto sisters and dedicated to teaching girls from the city’s poorest Bengali families. During this time, Mother Teresa learned to speak both Bengali and Hindi fluently.
In 1937, she took her Final Profession of Vows to a life of poverty, chastity, and obedience. she took on the title of “Mother” upon making her final vows and thus became known as Mother Teresa. She continued to teach at Saint Mary’s, and in 1944 she became the school’s principal.
Second Call of God:
In 1946, Mother Teresa experienced a second calling, when she was traveling in a train from Calcutta to the Himalayan foothills. she said Christ spoke to her and told her to abandon teaching to work in the slums of Calcutta aiding the city’s poorest and sickest people.
In 1948, she finally received permission from her superiors to leave the school and devote herself to working among the poorest of the poor in the slums of Calcutta.
After six months of basic medical training, for the first time, she voyaged into Calcutta’s slums with no more specific a goal than to aid “the unwanted, the unloved, the uncared for.”
Mother Teresa Awards and Recognition:
|1)||Padma Shri||1962||Fourth-highest civilian award in India|
|2)||Ramon Magsaysay Award||1962||For Peace and International Understanding|
|3)||Jawaharlal Nehru Award||1969||For the promotion of international peace and understanding|
|4)||Pope John XXIII Peace Prize||1971||For her work with the poor, display of Christian charity, and efforts for peace|
|6)||Albert Schweitzer International Prize||1975|
|7)||Balzan Prize||1978||Humanity, peace, and brotherhood among peoples|
|8)||Nobel Peace Prize||1979|
|9)||Presidential Medal of Freedom||1985|
|10)||Honorary citizenship of the United States||1996|
|11)||Congressional Gold Medal||1997||Highest civilian honor bestowed by the United States Congress.|