Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, the future Mother Teresa, was born on 26 August 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia, of Albanian heritage. Her father, a well-respected local businessman, died when she was eight years old, leaving her mother, a devoutly religious woman, to open an embroidery and cloth business to support the family. After spending her adolescence deeply involved in parish activities, Agnes left home in September 1928, for the Loreto Convent in Rathfarnam where she was admitted as a postulant on October 12 and received the name of Teresa, after St. Therese of Lisieux. Agnes was sent by the Loreto Order to India and arrived in Calcutta on 6th January 1929. Upon her arrival, she joined the Loreto novitiate in Darjeeling. She made her final profession as a Loreto nun on 24th May 1937, and hereafter was called Mother Teresa. The widespread poverty in Calcutta had a deep effect on her which led her to found a new order of Nuns..The Missionaries of Charity. Mother Teresa devoted her life to the poor and dying of Calcutta. In 1952 she opened her first home for the dying. Over time the work grew. Missions were started overseas and by 2013 there were 700 Missions operating in over 130 countries. In 1979 Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for work
undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress and she donated the prize fund of 192,000.00 dollars to the poor
Mother Teresa was a living saint who offered a great example and inspiration to the world. Her canonisation today the 4th September is a moment to celebrate God’s love to the poor and oppressed.