* Mother Teresa was born on August 27,1910 inSkopje,Macedonia. * Mother Teresas original name was AgnesGonxha. She was youngest of the threesiblings.* She received her First Communion at the ageof five and a half and was confirmed inNovember 1916.* Her father’s sudden died when she was abouteight years old.* At the age of 12, she decided that she wanted tobe a missionary and spread the love ofChrist.* At the age of 18 she left her parental home inSkopje and joined the Sisters of Loreto, anIrish community of nuns with missions inIndia. There she received the. name SisterMary Teresa after St. Thérèse of Lisieux
* After training at the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary in DublinMother Teresa came to India on 6 January 1929.* On May 24, 1931, she took her initial vows as a nun. From 1931to 1948, Mother Teresa taught geography at St. Marys HighSchool in Calcutta.* The prevailing poverty in Calcutta had a deep impact on MotherTeresas mind in 1948, she received permission from hersuperiors to leave the convent school and devote herself toworking among the poor people in Calcutta.* She started an open-air school for homeless children. Soon she wasjoined by voluntary helpers, and she received financial supportfrom church organizations.* On October 7, 1950, Mother Teresa received permission from theVatican to start her own order* By the early 1960s, Mother Teresa began to send her Sisters to otherparts of India.* The Decree of Praise granted to the Congregation by Pope Paul VIin February 1965 encouraged her to open a house in Venezuela.It was soon followed by foundations in Rome and Tanzania .* Starting in 1980 and continuing through the 1990s, Mother Teresaopened houses in almost all of the communistcountries, including the former Soviet Union, Albania and Cuba.
She received a number of awards*Indian Padmashri Award in 1962,*both prizes of attention “for the glory of god and in the nameof the poor.” these include the pope john XXiii peace prize(1971), *Nehru Prize for Promotion of International Peace &Understanding (1972),* Balzan Prize (1978),* Nobel Peace Prize (1979)* Bharat Ratna (1980).