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Mother Teresa

1979 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
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LEADER
of the Order of
the Missionaries
of Charity
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Excerpt from the Nobel Peace Prize acceptance Speech
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"I choose the poverty of our poor people. But I am grateful to recieve [the Nobel] in the name of the hungry, the naked, the homeless, of the crippled, of the blind, of the lepers, of all those people who feel unwanted, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone"
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Mother Teresa's Background
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*August27th
1910 September5th 1997*
Maiden Name; Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu
Place of Birth; Skopje, Yugoslavia [Macedonia]
Residence; Calcutta, India
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Biographical highlights
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1928- Went to India and taught at a convent school in Calcutta
1937- Took her final vows
1948- Left the convent to work alone in the slums; recieved some medical training
in Paris
1950- The Missionaries of Charity [Mother Teresa's sisterhood] started
1952- House for the dying opened
1957- The Missionaries of Charity started work with lepers and in many disaster areas of the world
1971- Awarded the Pope John XX111 Peace Prize
1979-Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
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In 1948, IN HER ADOPTED home of Calcutta, the Albanian-born Nun known as Mother Teresa exchanged her Loreto habit for a white sari with a blue border. Dressed in the common attire of the Bengali poor, her slight figure became a revered sight; familiar not only to the destitute and dying of the endless Indian slums where she laboured, but to an international audience starved of miracles. By the time Mother Teresa died in 1997, she had hands worn to coarse leather and a curved back from tending the world's forgotten people. Her Heart failed at 87yrs of age, but her mission, launched when she founded her >Order of the Missionaries of Charity< in 1950, did not! In 1992 there were 4000 nuns and novices in the order she founded, 400 Priests and Brothers, and hundreds of thousands of lay workers in 450 locations around the world.
In 1979 Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was born in Skopje, south of Belgrade. Her Father, a grocer and political activist, died when she was 9yrs. Left destitute, her deeply religious mother supported her three children by setting up a thriving clothing company; her positive response to hardship and organisational skills were reflected in her daughters life. By the time Mother Teresa was 18yrs, she had decided to be an Indian Missionary, inspired by letters written by the Yugoslav Jesuit about the Bengal mission. Joining the Sisters of Loreto in Dublin, She began her notiviate in Darjeeling, then moved to St Mary's High School in Calcutta. During the train trip in 1946 she heard her "call within a call". "I was to help the poor whilst I lived among them. It was an order."
After three months' intensive nursing training, she taught at her first slum school. In 1952 her Order's first shelter for the dying opened, inspired by the sight of a poor woman rejected by a hospital. Pope Paul V1 donated the car he used at a eucharistic congress in Bombay for a raffle, partly financing the Order's first leper colony. By the 60's, centres were opening all over the world, including one for Aboriginal people in Bourke, NSW Australia. She dedicated every day of her adult life caring for the unloved and destitute people and she loved every minute of it because she was a loving, she was a cleaning, feeding "Jesus in disguise". She fed them, sheltered them, cleaned their wounds, but what is most important she made them feel good, loved, wanted, she gave them back their dignity that poverty had taken
away from them and even if they died they died with a smile on their face, somebody loved them, somebody cared for them.
"it is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing, It is not how much we give, but how much
love we put
in the giving"
"speak tenderly to them, let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of your greeting. Always have a cheerful smile, don't only give your care but give your
heart as well"
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