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Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Major Life Events

  • 1910 - Born Anjezë Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje (now the capital of Macedonia) of the Ottoman Empire
  • 1919 - Her father, Nikollë, died 
  • 1928 - Traveled to Dublin, Ireland, to join the Sisters of Loreto
  • 1929 - Sent to India by the Sisters of Loreto to teach at one of their Catholic schools
  • 1931 - First Profession of Vows
  • 1937 - Final Profession of Vows, making her "Mother Teresa"
  • 1948 - Received permission to leave the Sisters of Loreto to pursue a new calling ministering in the slums of Calcutta, India
  • 1950 - Founded a new religious order, the Missionaries of Charity
  • 1952 - Opened the first "Home for the Dying" in Calcutta
  • 1962 - Awarded the "Padma Shri" (4th highest civilian award given by the government in India)
  • 1962 - Received the "Ramon Magsaysay Award for International Understanding" (Philippines)
  • 1965 - Pope Paul IV conferred "Decree of Praise" upon Missionaries of Charity 
  • 1969 - Received the "Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding" (international award given by India)
  • 1971 - Traveled to New York City and founds her first American-based charity 
  • 1971 - Received the "Pope John XXIII Peace Prize" from Paul IV
  • 1979 - Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (10 December in the Oslo City Hall, Norway)
  • 1980 - Received the "Bharat Ratna" (highest civilian award in India)
  • 1981 - Visited Mount St. Scholastica and Benedictine College in Atchison, KS
  • 1982 - Traveled to Beirut, Lebanon, secretly to help both Christian and Muslim children during the Siege of Beirut
  • 1983 - First heart attack in Rome while visiting Pope John Paul II 
  • 1983 - Awarded the "Order of Merit" (Great Britain) 
  • 1985 - Spoke at the 40th Anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City
  • 1985 - Founded the "Gift of Love" (home for those infected with HIV/AIDS) in New York City
  • 1987 - Received honorary doctorate in social science from the University of Scranton
  • 1989 - Second heart attack; artificial pacemaker implanted
  • 1996 - Granted honorary citizenship in the United States
  • 1997 - Died on September 5 at the age of 87 in Calcutta, India

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