Mother Teresa is the Founder of the Missionaries of Charity. Mother Teresa was born on August 26th,1910, in Skopje the current capital of the Republic of Macedonia.
Her Father’s name was Nikollë Bojaxhiu and Mothers’ name was Dranafile Bojaxhiu. Her father was an Albanian Businessman, Benefactor, Politician, and Mother was a Grocer. Her parents named her Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu. Her father died when she was 8 years old. Agnes attended a convent run primary school and then a state-run secondary school as a girl. Sister Teresa took her first religious vows in May 1931.
|On May 24th,1937, she took her final profession of vows and would acquire the name, which the world recognizes her with today, Mother Teresa, The next 20 years of her life, Mother Teresa dedicated to serving as a teacher at the St. Mary’s school graduating to the post of the principal in 1944. On September 10th,1946, would transform her life completely. In January of 1948 as she received final approval from the local Archbishop Ferdinand Perier to pursue the new calling. She began missionary work with the poor,|
On August 17th,1948, by replacing her traditional Lorette habit with a simple white cotton sari with a blue border. Her first outing was on December 21st,1948, to help the people in the slums. Mother Teresa finally received permission from the Vatican to start a congregation known as missionaries of charity on October 7th,1950. The congregation started off with 13 members. In 1952 she inaugurated the first home for the Dying. Then she initiating a home for those suffering from Hansen’s disease, commonly known as Leprosy. The home was called Shanti Nagar. In 1955, Mother Teresa opened a home for the orphan and the homeless youth named as Nirmala Shishu Bhavan, or the children’s home of the immaculate heart. By 1960, Missionaries of Charity had opened several hospices, orphanages into leper houses all over India. In 1963, Missionaries of Charity Brothers was founded. In 1976, a contemplative branch of the sisters was opened.
In 1981, she began the Corpus Christi Movement for Priests and in 1984 the Missionaries of Charity fathers were initiated. Then she formed the co-workers of mother Teresa, the sick and suffering co-workers, and the lay Missionaries of Charity. The congregation opened its first house outside India in Venezuela in 1965 with five sisters. Then in Rome, Tanzania, and Austria. By the 1970s, the order had reached several countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the united states. In 1982, Mother Teresa rescued almost 37 children who were trapped in a frontline hospital in Beirut. The first Missionaries of Charity home in the United States were established in the South Bronx, New York, by 1984. In 1991, Mother Teresa returned to her homeland for the first time since 1937 and opened a Missionaries of Charity Brothers home in Tirana, Albania. By 1997, Missionaries of Charity had almost 4000 sisters working in 610 foundations, in 450 centers in 123 countries across the 6 continents. The government of India honored her with Padma Shri, Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding and Bharat Ratna, Indian’s highest civilian award. In 1962, she was honored with Ramon Magsaysay Award for International Understanding for the merciful cognizance of the abject poor.
In 1971, she was awarded the first Pope John XXIII Peace Prize. In 1979, mother Teresa was awarded the Noble Peace Prize. She suffered a heart attack by visiting Pope John Paul II in Rome in 1983. She died on September 5th,1997 at the age of 87 at Calcutta, West Bengal, India. In 2003, Mother Teresa was beatified by Pope John Paul II at St. Peter’s Basilica, in Vatican City. Since then, she has been known as Blessed Mother Teresa. She was canonized by Pope Francis on 4 September 2016 and is now known as St. Teresa of Calcutta. Yesterday is gone tomorrow has not yet come we have only today let us begin said mother Teresa.