Women of Interest—Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu

Mother Teresa was born on August 26, 1910, under the name of Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, in Uskup, Kosovo Vilayet, and died September 5, 1997, in Calcutta, West Bengal, India.  Her father died when she was eight years old, leaving Teresa and her sister.  She left home at the age of eighteen and never saw her mother or sister again.  In 1928, Agnes received a calling from God to help the poor, thus began her life of caring for the poor and helpless, and when she took on the name Sister Mary Teresa.  Mother Teresa was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary.  In 1963 she founded the Missionaries of Charity which is a Roman Catholic religious organization consisting of over 4500 sisters who worked in 133 countries worldwide.  The Missionaries of Charity are actively working with people suffering from AIDS, leprosy, and tuberculosis.  Members also work in soup kitchens, orphanages, schools, and where-ever the need is strong.  Mother Teresa was the recipient of many honors and awards including the Ramon Magsaysay Peace Prize in 1962 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.  Mother Teresa suffered cardiac problems beginning in 1983 and died of heart failure in 1997.  She was canonized on September 4, 2016.


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