About Mother Teresa
Saint Mother Teresa is perhaps the greatest human being who has ever
lived in this world. She was beatified by Pope John Paul II in October
2003. She had only one aim in life, to serve the poor, the destitute,
the needy and all those who were dejected by the society. Mother Theresa
founded an institution, known as 'The Missionary of Charity' to help her
in fulfilling this aim. Read on this biography to know more about Saint
As per her life history, Mother Teressa was born as Agnes Gonxha
Bojaxhiu on 26th August 1910. At the young age of twelve, Agnes started
to feel disinterest in the worldly affairs. By the age of eighteen, she
was determined to become a nun and left her home to join the Convent of
Our Lady of Loreto in Dublin. She undertook the name Teresa in the year
1931 and at the same time, she took her vows.
Coming to Calcutta (Kolkata)
Mother Theresa came to Calcutta (now Kolkata) in the year 1937 and
joined St. Mary's High School. It was here that she fully comprehended
her true calling in life, which was to serve the needy and rejected
people of the society.
Founding Missionaries of Charity
To help her in attaining her goal in life, Mother Theresa wanted to
start a diocesan congregation. However, for this she required the
permission of the Vatican. The permission came in 1950 and thus was born
'The Missionary of Charity'. In 1965, Mother Teresa was awarded a Decree
of Praise by Pope Paul VI and with this, she received the permission to
expand her order to other countries. Toda, the Missionaries of Charity
boasts of 4,000 nuns and branches in 133 countries of the world.
The Noble Peace Prize
Mother Teresa was awarded the Noble Peace Prize in the year 1979. She
accepted the prize as a representative of the 'poorest of the poor'.
Mother Teresa breathed her last on September 5, 1997, leaving behind a
legacy of love and sacrifice.