Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Person Of The Day: Mother Theresa

Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia, on August 27, 1910. At the age of 18 she left her home and joined the Sisters of Loreto, an Irish community of nuns with missions in India. After a couple of months training in Dublin, she was sent to India. It was there on May 24, 1931, that she took her vows as a nun.
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.
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.
Mother Theresa was the perfect example of Christ's love. She was a person who put aside all worldly possessions and hung fast to her faith in God to help out the poor.
Mother Theresa was the recipient of the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize.
She continued her ministry up until her death on September 5, 1997.

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