Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta was born on August 26, 1910 in Skopje, the capital of the Republic of Macedonia. Teresa’s real name was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. Teresa was the youngest daughter of Nikola and Drane Bojaxhiu. Gonxha did her First Communion when she was five years old and her Confirmation a year later. Since the day of her First Communion, Teresa had inside her love for souls. Teresa’s father, Nikola, died when she was eight years old, leaving financial straits. Drane raised her children firmly and lovingly, influencing the character and vocation of Teresa. In her religious formation, Teresa was assisted by the Jesuit parish of the Sacred Hear, in which she was much involved.
On September 1928, when Teresa was eighteen years old, she wanted to be missionary and she left her home to enter Sisters of Loreto Institute on Ireland. Since Gonxha enter the institute, she never again saw her mother and sister. She went to the Sisters of Loreto to learn English. She was admitted as a postulant and on December, 1928 Teresa started her trip by sea to India arriving in Calcutta on January 6, 1929. In Darjeeling, she began her novitiate and learned Bengali, Teresa also was a teacher of Santa Teresa school. After making her vows of poverty, chastity and obedience as a nun on May 24, 1931, she was transferred to the College of St. Mary in Entally, that was in the east of Calcuta. During this time, she chose her name to be Thérèse of Lisieux, same as the missionaries’ saint. A nurse in the convent had already chosen that name, so Gonxha chose the Spanish term of ‘Teresa’. Teresa made her vows by teaching history and geography in the school of Loreto’s convent for about twenty years until she became principal of the school. On 1937, Teresa did her profession becoming, as she said, ‘Jesus’ wife, for all eternity’. Since that moment people started…...

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