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Mother Teresa of Calcutta

  • By: Joani Mortenson
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Mother Teresa (1910–97) was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on August 26, 1910, in Skopje, the capital of the Albanian republic of Macedonia. Her parents, Nikolle Bojaxhiu and Drana Bernai, were married in 1900. Her sister Aga was born in 1905 and her brother Lazar was born in 1907. Her father died when she was 9 years old, bringing the family even more closely together.

Early Call to God

Already a devout Catholic, Agnes heard the “call to God” at the age of 12 and was compelled to devotion in religious life. At the age of 18, Agnes traveled to Ireland to join the Loreto order of nuns who were active in India. Agnes received her holy habit and was sent as a novitiate to work in Darjeeling. ...

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