mother teresa of calcutta

Mother Teresa of Calcutta (8/24/1910-1997 ), Albanian-born Roman Catholic nun, founder of the Missionaries of Charity, and Nobel laureate, originally named Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, entered the Order of the Sisters of Our Lady of Loreto in Ireland at the age of 18.

She trained in Dublin and Darjeeling, India, before taking her religious vows in 1937. While serving as principal of a Roman Catholic high school in Calcutta, she was moved by the presence of the sick and dying on the city's streets.

In 1948, she was granted permission to leave her post at the convent and begin a ministry among the sick.

In 1950, Mother Teresa and her associates were approved within the archdiocese of Calcutta as the Missionaries of Charity. Later the order was recognized as a pontifical congregation under the jurisdiction of Rome.

Members of the congregation take four vows on acceptance by the religious community. Required in addition to the three basic vows of poverty, chastity and obedience is a fourth vow pledging service to the poor, whom Mother Teresa described as the embodiment of Christ.

In 1952 Mother Teresa opened the Nirmal Uriday ("Pure Heart") Home for Dying Destitutes in Calcutta. Subsequently she extended her work onto five continents.

In recognition of her efforts, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

She was forced to scale down her activities in 1990 because of declining health.

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                           Mother Theresa‚Äôs Daily Prayer

Dear God, give skill to my hands, clear vision to my mind and kindness and meekness to my heart.

Give me singleness of purpose, strength to lift up a part of the burden of my suffering fellow men and a true realization of the privilege that is mine.

Take from my heart all guile and worldliness that with the simple faith of a child I may rely on you.