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Mother Teresa

  1. 1. MOTHER TERESABy: Sarah Park
  2. 2. August 26,1910 – Sept. 5, 1997“By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus.” --Mother Teresa
  3. 3. Biography● Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was born in Skopje, Macedonia, on August 26, 1910● Her family was of Albanian descent● At the age of 12, she strongly felt the call of God● She knew she had to be a missionary to spread the love of Christ● At 18, she left her home in Skopje and joined the Sisters of Loreto, an Irish community of nuns with missions in India
  4. 4. ● For a few months she trained in Dublin● Was sent to India, where she took her initial vows as a nun in 1931● From 1931-1948 she taught at St. Marys High School in Calcutta, but the suffering and poverty she saw outside the convent walls made such a deep impression on her that 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
  5. 5. ● She had no funds but she depended on God and started an open-air school for slum children● She was joined by voluntary helpers and financial support● These made it possible for her to extend the scope of her work
  6. 6. ● In 1950, Mother Teresa received permission to start her own order, "The Missionaries of Charity"● Its primary task was to love and care for the people that nobody was prepared to look after● In 1965 the society became an International Religious Family by a decree of Pope Paul VI
  7. 7. ● The Society of Missionaries has spread all over the world, including the former Soviet Union and Eastern European countries● They provide help to the poorest of the poor in a number of countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and they undertake relief work in the wake of natural catastrophes such as floods, epidemics, and famine● The order also has houses in North America, Europe and Australia, where they take care of the alcoholics, homeless, and people who suffer from AIDS
  8. 8. ● Mother Teresas Missionaries of Charity at the time of her death had 610 missions in 123 countries including hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis, soup kitchens, childrens and family counseling programs, orphanages and schools
  9. 9. Awards● Mother Teresas work has been recognized throughout the world and she has received a number of awards and distinctions● Pope John XXIII Peace Prize (1971)● Nehru Prize for her promotion of international peace and understanding (1972)● Balzan Prize (1979)● Templeton and Magsaysay awards● The Nobel Peace Prize 1979
  10. 10. Film and Literature● 1969 documentary film and 1972 book Something Beautiful for God● 1997 Art Film Festival award winning film starring Geraldine Chaplin called Mother Teresa: In the Name of Gods Poor
  11. 11. ● 2003 Italian mini-series titled Mother Teresa of Calcutta, (which was re-released in 2007 and received a CAMIE award)● Hitchens 1994 documentary about her, "Hells Angel", claims that she urged the poor to accept their fate, while the rich are portrayed as being favored by God
  12. 12. Videos● v=8Q_sepFXPCU&feature=fvst● 1pHM&feature=related
  13. 13. Sources● http://www.nobelprize. org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1979/teresa- bio.html●