St. Teresa of Calcutta

Agnes Bojaxhiu was born on August 26, 1910, in Skopje, Albania, the youngest of five children. Her father passed away when she was just eight years old and she was raised by her mother, a woman of strong faith. She left home at the age of 18 to join the Institute of the Blessed Virgin, known as the Sisters of Loreto. She spent six weeks at Loreto Abbey in Dublin learning English before being sent to Calcutta, India to give her life to service. She spent her first 20 years in India teaching at St. Mary’s School for Girls.

On September 10, 1946, as she travelled by train from Calcutta to Darjeeling for her annual retreat, Mother Teresa received her “call within a call” from Jesus. “God was calling me to give up all and to surrender myself to him in the service of the poorest of the poor in the slums. To fail would have been to break the faith.”

After studying with the Medical Missionary Sisters of Patna to train for her future, she moved into the streets of Calcutta and began to care for the poor. Her new congregation, the Missionaries of Charity, was officially established in 1950 by the Archdiocese of Calcutta.

By the time of her death on September 5, 1997 Mother Teresa was known and admired throughout the world. Her feast day will be observed annually on September 5.

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