Mother Teresa Presented by Connor Stewart

Early Years

  • Mother Teresa was born August 26, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia.
  • Her birthname was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu.
  • Her parents were Nikola and Dranafile Bojaxhiu.
  • She had two siblings: a sister named Aga and a brother, Lazar.

Childhood Experiences

  • Her father died unexpectedly when she was eight year old.
  • At age 18, she left home and joined the Sisters of Loreto, an Irish community in Dublin consisting of nuns who worked in India.
  • After a few months in Dublin, she was sent to India.

Adult Experiences

  • On May 24, 1931, she took her initial vows as a nun. Agnes chose the name Sister Teresa, in memory of Saint Therese of Lisieux.
  • From 1931 to 1948, Mother Teresa taught at St. Mary's High School in Calcutta.
  • She witnessed poverty and suffering outside of the convent walls which made a deep impression on her life.
  • She received permission from her superiors to leave the school. She devoted herself to help the poorest of the poor in the ghettos of Calcutta.

Death Information

  • She died on September 5, 1997, in Calcutta, India from a heart attack.
  • She was 87 years old when she died.

What made Mother Teresa Start serving others

  • When she was ten years old she felt a calling to from God to help serve others.
  • While teaching at St. Mary's, she saw many poor, homeless people. She decided to take action by humbling herself to their level and helping them.

What work she did and where

  • Mother Teresa's main work consisted of helping the poor and homeless in Calcutta and throughout other parts of India.
  • She worked with many different groups of people including the Society of Missionaries and created the Missionaries of Charity, a group of nuns who help those who can't help themselves.
  • She also went to hospitals to help feed and care for the sick and weak.
  • One of the greatest thing she did was, that she prayed. Prayer was her most used, powerful, and effective tool.

legacy left behind

  • Pope John Paul II sums up Mother Teresa's legacy as "She wanted to be a sign of God's love, God's presence and God's compassion, and so remind all of the value and dignity of each of God's children, created to love and be loved."
  • Mother Teresa has a building named after her; it is called the Memorial House of Mother Teresa
Memorial House of Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa Statue outside of the Memorial House.

awards

  • Mother Teresa received 18 awards for her work.
  • Among others, she received the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Pope John XXIII Peace Prize, and the Order of Merit award.

quotes and bible verses

  • "Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier."
  • "Love begins at home and it is not how much we do, but how much love we put in that action."
  • One of her favorite Bible verses was Psalm 107:1. "Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His love endures forever."

interesting facts

  • She suffered great amounts of persecution, but always had a smile on her face, ready to give the world light, and showing God's love.
  • The Missionaries of Charity is still around today helping people

Credits

  • "Mother Teresa - Biographical." Nobelprize.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2017.
  • Online, Catholic. "Mother Teresa of Calcutta." Catholic Online. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2017.
  • "The Legacy of Love of Blessed Mother Teresa." Seek First the Kingdom: Catholic Blog by Cardinal Donald Wuerl - Archdiocese of Washington, DC. N.p., 05 Sept. 2013. Web. 26 Apr. 2017.
  • Laux, Libby. "Mother Teresa." Mother Teresa | Learning to Give. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2017.
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