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Mother Teresa. Early Days. She was born on 27 th August 1910.Her real name was Agnes Gionxhu Bejuxhiu and she was the youngest child of Nikola, a politician, and Drane Bejuxhiu in Skopje in Yugoslavia. The Decision of nuns. Age 12 - decided on a religious life.

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early days
Early Days

She was born on 27th August 1910.Her real name was Agnes Gionxhu Bejuxhiu and she was the youngest child of Nikola, a politician, and Drane Bejuxhiu in Skopje in Yugoslavia.

the decision of nuns
The Decision of nuns
  • Age 12 - decided on a religious life.
  • Age 18 – joined the Sisters of Loretto a roman catholic order .
  • Age 21 – takes first religious vows and chooses the name therse du lisieux after the saint of missionaries .
working with the poor
Working with the poor

On September10th 1964 she got the calling to work with the poor. She began missionary work with the poor of Calcutta. She replaced the loretto habit with a simple white cotton chira with a blue border.

In 1948 she took Indian citizenship and opened her first school in Motjhil to serve the homeless and starving. It was difficult at first as there was no money and she had to beg for food and other supplies. She did some medical training in Paris.

missionaries of charity
Missionaries of Charity
  • October 7th 1950 – Vatican permission to set up Missionaries of Charity, to care for the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind and lepers.
  • She started with 13 nuns now there are over 4,000
homes for the poor
Homes for the poor
  • 1952 – opens Nirmal Hriday [pure heart] for the dying.
  • 1955 – opens Nirmala Shishua Bhavan [ immaculate heart] for lost children or children's home.
  • 1957 – opens Shanti Nagar [city of peace] a home for lepers.

Her order became well known for this work!

where she helped
Where she helped

1982 – siege of Beirut

1985 - Ethopia

1986 - Chernobyl

1988 - Armenia

failing health
Failing health
  • 1983 – 1st heart attack whilst visiting Pope John Paul II.
  • 1989 – 2nd heart attack, fitted with a pace maker.
  • 1992 – goes into hospital in USA for pneumonia and heart problems.
  • 1993 – In May she broke 3 ribs, In August she suffers from malaria and in September she had surgery for a blocked blood vessel.
  • 1996 – In April she fell and broke her collar bone and in August she suffered malarial fever and more heart problems.
the final days
March 13th 1997 – she stepped down as head nun and is replaced by Sister Nirnala.

September 5th 1997 – She died of a massive heart attack in Calcutta at the age of 87.

She died the day I was born

Her funeral was on the 13th of September 1997. She was given a state funeral

The final days
awards that she got
Awards that she got
  • 1962 - Padma shri award
  • 1971 - Pope John XXIII peace prize
  • 1975 - Albert Schweiter international prize
  • 1976 - Pacem in Terris award
  • 1978 - Balzon prize
  • 1979 - Noble Peace Prize
  • 1983 - Order of Merit
  • 1985 - Medal of Freedom
  • 1994 - Golden Honour of the Nation [Albania]
  • 1996 - Honorary citizenship of USA

1998 - Pope John Paul II begins the process to make her a saint.

This process is still going on !