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Inspiring Women: Mother Teresa

Post by: Snehith Kumbla

Born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in Albania, Mother Teresa was born on August 26, 1910. Fascinated by the stories of the services rendered by missionaries in Bengal, Anjeze had decided by the age of 12. At the age of 18 she left home to join the Sisters of Loreto in Ireland. She was never to see her widowed mother and sister again.


At Loreto Abbey, Teresa learnt English and in 1929 she came to Darjeeling, India and also learnt Bengali at the St. Teresa's School. She took her vows as a nun in 1931. She then chose her name to be after Thérèse de Lisieux. As a nun had already chosen the name, she chose the name - Teresa.


By late 1946 Teresa had witnessed the poverty in Kolkata, the famine and the pre-independence riots. The events acted as a catalyst in Teresa's life. In 1948, Mother Teresa took up Indian citizenship, got trained in basic medicine and then started her epic work in the Kolkata slums. By the time of her death in 1997, the Missionaries of Charity had gained worldwide fame for its exemplary work.       

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