Mother Teresa

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Fast Facts
Other Names and Nicknames: 
Agnesë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu
Missionaries of Charity, Christianity
Main Countries of Activity: 
Date of Birth: 
August 26, 1910
Place of Birth: 
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
Date Left His/Her Body: 
September 5, 1997


Mother Teresa, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, attained world wide fame for her life dedicated to serving the poor and destitute.

Mother Teresa was born (1910) in Akopje, Kosovo in what is now the Republic of Macedonia. Little is known about her early life but at a young age she felt a calling to serve through helping the poor. At the age of 18 she was given permission to join a group of nuns in Ireland. After a few months of training Mother Teresa travelled to Calcutta, India where she formally accepted the vows of a nun.

In her early years she worked as a teacher in the slums of Calcutta, the widespread poverty made a deep impression on her and this led to her starting a new order called “The Missionaries of Charity”. The primary objective of this mission was to look after people, who nobody else was prepared to. The Missionaries of Charity now has branches throughout the world including branches in the developed world where they work with the homeless and people affected with AIDS. In 1965 the Society became an International Religious Family by a decree of Pope Paul VI

At around this time the life of Mother Teresa was first brought to wide public attention through a book by Malcom Muggeridge who wrote a book and produced a documentary called “Something Beautiful for God”.

Throughout her life Mother Teresa has been given some of the most prestigious awards throughout the Globe.These include:

The first Pope John XXIII Peace Prize. (1971)
Kennedy Prize (1971)
The Nehru Prize –“for promotion of international peace and understanding”(1972)
Albert Schweitzer International Prize (1975),
The Nobel Peace Prize (1979)
States Presidential Medal of Freedom (1985)
Congressional Gold Medal (1994)
Honorary citizenship of the United States (November 16, 1996),

Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Prize "for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitute a threat to peace." She refused the conventional ceremonial banquet given to laureates, and asked that the $6,000 funds be given to the poor in Calcutta.

When Mother Teresa received the prize, she was asked, "What can we do to promote world peace?" Her answer was simple: "Go home and love your family ."

Over the last two decades of her life Mother Teresa suffered various health problems but nothing could dissuade her from fulfilling her mission of serving the poor and needy. Until her very last illness she was active in travelling around the world to the different brances of "The Missionaries of Charity"

Following Mother Teresa’s death the Vatican began the process of beatification, which is the second step on the way to canonisation and sainthood. Mother Teresa was formally beatified in October 2003 by Pope John Paul II and is now known as Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.

Mother Teresa was a living saint who offered a great example and inspiration to the world.

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Analyzing Mother Teresa's deeds and achievements, John Paul II asked: "Where did Mother Teresa find the strength and perseverance to place herself completely at the service of others? She found it in prayer and in the silent contemplation of Jesus Christ, his Holy Face, his Sacred Heart."

It is known nowadays that privately, Mother Teresa experienced doubts and struggles over her religious beliefs which lasted nearly fifty years until the end of her life, during which "she felt no presence of God whatsoever,", "neither in her heart or in the eucharist" as put by her postulator Rev. Brian Kolodiejchuk. Mother Teresa expressed grave doubts about God's existence and pain over her lack of faith:

Where is my faith? Even deep down … there is nothing but emptiness and darkness... If there be God — please forgive me. When I try to raise my thoughts to Heaven, there is such convicting emptiness that those very thoughts return like sharp knives and hurt my very soul... How painful is this unknown pain — I have no Faith. Repulsed, empty, no faith, no love, no zeal... What do I labor for? If there be no God, there can be no soul. If there be no soul then, Jesus, You also are not true.



Missionaries of Charity - Mother House in Calcutta (Kolkata)
Volunteers Center

Volunteering through the centers of Missionaries of Charity is of great value for the needed, especially the orphan childerens. It is a rewarding spiritual activity and a must for anyone visiting Kolkata. You can volunteer for a day, a few days, months and years.

The registration is quick and simple (see below) and the centers are easy to reach. Of course, you don't need to be a Christian or hold any belief or follow any religios or spiritual system in order to volunteer, you just need to wish to help.

Don't miss this opportunity!

Missionaries of Charity - Sister in-charge of volunteers
54/A A.J.C. Bose Road,
Kolkata, West Bengal 700016, India
91-33-2249-7115, 91-33-2217-2277
Contact Persons: 
Sr Mercy-Maria, Sister in-charge of volunteers

If you are arriving in Kolkata by plane, take a pre-paid taxi from the airport – the desk is located on the right before the exit. This will not cost more than 200 Rupees, but drivers will try and ask for more, so be prepared.

Daily Schedule & Opening Hours: 

Mass is at 6am every day at Motherhouse, followed by a breakfast of bananas, bread and chai. You don’t have to attend mass to get breakfast, but you’re most welcome. At 7.30 we say a prayer, and disperse for work. Volunteers are also welcome to Adoration, which is at 6.30pm every evening except on Thursdays and Sundays when it’s at 6pm.

Thursdays are volunteers day off. There is no breakfast on Thursdays, but there are often volunteer activities arranged such as visits to Titagargh, the leprosy centre run by the MC brothers.

You do not have to write to the sisters or call before you arrive. However, you do need to register as a volunteer before you can start working in the centres. To do this, bring your passport to Shishu Bhavan, located at 78 A.J.C Bose Road, at 3pm sharp, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Alternatively, Sr Mercy-Maria(the sister in charge of volunteers) issues day passes at breakfast in Motherhouse (54a A.J.C Bose Road) after mass in the mornings.
Services in Location: 

There are many places to eat around Sudder Street, with Blue Sky Café being a favourite haunt amongst volunteers.

On AJC Bose Road, Delhi-Dabar serves cheap rice and dahl at lunchtime, and fantastic khati rolls (a Kolkata speciality) in the evenings.

Hotel Circular, on the other side of A.J.C Bose Road, offers a range of cuisine, but be prepared for slow service. Alternatively, if you have cooking facilities, there are many bazaars which sell fresh fruit and vegetables, and there is a supermarket chain called MORE, located at New Market, and Elliot Road.


Many volunteers find accommodation on Sudder Street, which has a host of backpacker type dormitories. Sudder Street is a 20 minute walk from Motherhouse.

Closer accommodation can be found at Monica House on A.J.C Bose Rd, opposite Shishu Bhavan, and at Bely Guest House – right next door to Motherhouse, above the Web internet café.

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Books & Media

Recommended Books: 
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Mother Teresa: In My Own Words

by Mother Teresa


The legendary Mother Teresa\'s work for—and among—the poor has become the yardstick by which the entire world measures compassion, generosity, and selflessness. Her words and actions have inspired millions of people from every race and religion and country to help the poor and needy, a legacy that is her gift to all mankind for generations to come.
From 1950, when she founded the order of Missionaries of Charity, to winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, and then, in 1985, being awarded the Medal of Freedom—the United States\' highest civilian award—to her final days, Mother Teresa served the world as a beacon shedding the light of hope, comfort, and peace on all.
Mother Teresa: In My Own Words is a timeless testament to the power of her words. Here are the same quotes, stories, and prayers that helped strengthen and inspire the poor, the dying, the suffering, and the doubting who she met during her lifetime, and that will continue to strengthen and inspire all who read them.

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Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light - The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta

by Mother Teresa


This historic work reveals the inner spiritual life of one of the most beloved and important religious figures in history. During her lifelong service to the poorest of the poor, Mother Teresa be

Pro Opinions

Icon of Unconditional love and Kindness

archana.anchal's picture

Mother was all love and kindness towards all.......


Similar's picture




mother is very, very respectful not only to Indians but also to the people of the whole world.she has declared saint.noble prize winner for peace.above all this,she had been embodiment of unselfish se

Truly a saint

amrit's picture

Mother Teresa HAS SHOWN TO THE WORLD , what Service can do for the society and the individual. That is also the teaching of My Guru Yogi Ashwini.


More said she----

Mother Teresa also said, " Let us not be satisfied with just giving. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go".

NIDHI PARKASH | Thu, 03/04/2010 - 17:18

Thank you Mother

dhani_w's picture

Mother Teresa, by her presence, by her work, by her book, inspired me to let love work more. To love this life, especially one who near to me.

Thank you so much Mother!

Sincerely, Dhani

Con Opinions

Lost her faith in Jesus

sonti's picture

Nowadays we know that in Mother Theresa's last decades of life, she lost her faith and belief.



can the faith be tested?

NIDHI PARKASH | Mon, 09/03/2012 - 05:49
leo's picture

Of course, like any other

Of course, like any other mental disposition.

leo | Mon, 09/03/2012 - 07:51
Nathyogi's picture

Re: Lost her faith in Jesus

I visited the link and found out the truth.
It is very difficult to realize or reach God.
It seems He was not satisfied by her works of charity. But she was rewarded for her works here.
It may be learnt that those who boast of doing charity works and serving depressed people cannot satisfy or serve God.

Nathyogi | Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:04