26th August 1910 – 5th September 1997
By: Christina Donnelly
1. Cover page
2. Contents page
3. Mother Teresa’s background
4. Mother Teresa’s vocation
5. The work of Mother Teresa
6. Pictures of Mother Teresa and her work
7. Mother Teresa’s quotes
Mother Teresa’s background
Originally named Agnes , Mother Teresa was born on August 27, 1910 in Skopje (present day Macedonia). Agnes's family were Albanian Catholic and they belong to the Albanian community. Her father, Kole was a businessman who owned a building company and food shop. He travelled widely, was a multi-lainualist and participated greatly in politics. Agnes's father taught her first lessons of charity. Totally unexpected, her father died when she was nine. Her mother had to raise Agnes and her two siblings. To meet their needs, she sew dresses, made embroidery and worked hard. Apart from all this, she made time for the education of her children. they prayed every evening, went to church every day in May and assisted the service for Mary. A great and warm attention went also to the poor and needy who came knock on the door .Agnes liked to be in church, read, pray and sing, She washed alcoholistic women in the neighbourhood and fed them twice a day and took care of a widow and her children. Agnes studied well , was once a soprano in choir and played the mandolin. Mother Teresa’s Vocation
At the early age of twelve, Agnes knew she wished to become a nun. Mary hoped that becoming a nun would lead her to a life like that described in the wonderful stories told of missionaries and saints at her local parish. She left home to follow her dreams, never to see her mother again. At age 12 is when Agnes started to believe that God was calling her to become a nun. This is when she started looking into becoming a nun and what it would involve. Agnes did many things like read books and talk to her mother and parish priest , which all informed her how hard this would be and exactly how much she would have to give up in order to do this. Inside Agnes knew that she had to do it, to give it all up as she knew this was God calling her. That being a nun was her destiny. That she wanted to spread the love of Christ all over the world. At age 18 Agnes left her parental home and joined the Sisters of Loreto, an Irish community of nuns with missions in India.
The work of Mother Teresa
After a few months' training in Dublin she was sent to India, where on May 24, 1931, she took her initial vows as a nun. From 1931 to 1948 Mother Teresa taught at St. Mary's High School in Calcutta, but the suffering and poverty she glimpsed outside the convent walls made such a deep impression on her that in 1948 she received permission from her superiors to leave the convent school and devote herself to working among the poorest of the poor in the slums of Calcutta. Although she had no funds, she depended on Divine Providence, and started an open-air school for slum children. Soon she was joined by voluntary helpers, and financial support was also forthcoming. This made it possible for her to extend the scope of her work. On October 7, 1950, Mother Teresa received permission from the Holy See to start her own order, "The Missionaries of Charity", whose primary task was to love and care for those persons nobody was prepared to look after. In 1965 the Society became an International Religious Family by a decree of Pope Paul VI. Today the order comprises Active and Contemplative branches of Sisters and Brothers in many countries. In 1963 both the Contemplative branch of the Sisters and the Active branch of the Brothers was founded. In 1979 the Contemplative branch of the Brothers was added, and in 1984 the Priest branch was established.
The Society of Missionaries has spread all over the world, including the former Soviet Union and Eastern European countries. They provide effective help to the poorest of the...