Mother Teresa, Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, was born in 1910 in Skopje. Her father died when she was eight years old. Gonxha's religious formation was with the Jesuit parish of the Sacred Heart in which she was very involved as a youth. Gonxha left her home at the age of 18 to join the Sisters of Loreto, in Ireland. She received the name Sister Mary Teresa. In 1929, she left for India, arriving in Calcutta, and taught at St Mary's School for girls. Sister Teresa made her Final Profession of Vows in 1937, becoming, as she said, the "spouse of Jesus" for "all eternity." From that time on she was called Mother Teresa.
Mother Teresa received many awards, beginning with the Indian Padmashri Award in 1962 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. She received both prizes and attention 'for the glory of God and in the name of the poor."
In 1997, Mother Teresa died. She was given a state funeral by the Government of India and her body was buried in the Mother House of the Missionaries of Charity. Mother Teresa's Sisters numbered nearly 4,000 members and were established in 610 foundations in 123 countries of the world.
Mother Teresa left a testament of unshakable faith, invincible hope and extraordinary charity. Her response to Jesus' plea, "Come be My light," made her a "mother to the poor," and a symbol of compassion to the world.