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The Way of the Saints

Mother Teresa 1910-1997

Mother Teresa saw Jesus is the "distressing disguise" of the poor and suffering. Born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on August 26, 1910, Mother Teresa was baptized in Skopje, Yugoslavia, her family being part of the Albanian community. She entered the convent of the Sisters of Loreto in Dublin, Ireland, at the age of 18. One year later, in 1929, she began her missionary work as a teacher in Calcutta.

 

Mother Teresa statue at Trinity Heights

In 1946 Mother Teresa felt the call to serve the "poorest of the poor" and four years later founded the Missionaries of Charity. The sisters cared for the sick and dying of Calcutta, people who had no one to care for them and were left to die in the gutters. Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and in 1986 she took Pope John Paul II to meet her "treasurers" in the Home for the Dying in Calcutta. By the time Mother Teresa died in 1997, there were over 600 Missionaries of Charity houses throughout the world.

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