‘Angel of Gutters’ and ‘Mother of the Poor’, Mother Teresa was a living testimony of Christian charity; whose services are acclaimed worldwide. Mother Teresa was born at Skopje in Albania on August 10, 1910 as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. She joined Loretto convent in Ireland in 1928 and reached India in the same year. She took perpetual vows on May 27, 1937. For a few years she was a teacher at Calcutta. In 1946, she got a special inspiration to work for the poorest of the poor and got permission to leave the congregation. In 1950 she founded the Missionaries of Charity congregation for women devoted to the care of the sick, destitute and the neglected. In 1963 the brothers’ section of the congregation was started. In 1965 the congregation was raised to the status of pontifical rank.
Mother Teresa’s work was widely acclaimed and recognized world over. She was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (1979). The Templeton Prize (1973) and numerous other international awards. The Government of India recognized her services by according her the highest civilian honour of Bharat Ratna in 1980. Mother Teresa died on Sept. 5, 1997 at Calcutta. Cause of her canonization was taken up by the Archdiocese of Calcutta in 1999 and she was declared Servant of God on June 12, 1999. Pope John Paul II waived the customary five-year period for the sainthood process for Mother Teresa to begin and declared her ‘beatified’ in 2003 within six years of her death.
Headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity
Mother House, 54/ A, Lower Circular Road,
Calcutta – 16, West Bengal, India.
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