On the 26th of August, 1910 a powerful leader was born. Mother Teresa was born Anjezë Gonxhe
Bojaxhiu in Skopje which is now the capital of Macedonia. Anjeze was christened the next day thus
making her “Christian birthday” august 27. Her parents Dranafile and Nikolle raised her as Roman
Catholic. Her father was actively involved in Albanian politics. Sadly her father died when she was 9
years of age. By the age of twelve she was certain that she wanted to dedicate herself to a religious life.
She said that that plan was reinforced while she was praying in shrine of the Black Madonna of Letnice.
When Anjeze turned 18 she joined the sisters of Laredo as a missionary. Sadly She never saw her
mother or sister again. She started her training in Ireland there she learned to speak English. In early
1929 she arrived in India to begin her novitiate in Darjeeling. In Darjeeling she learned to speak Bengali
and began teaching at St. Teresa’s school. She took her first religious vows on the 24th of May 1931 at
the time she wanted to be named Therese de Lisieux, the patron saint of missionaries. However another
nun already bore that name so Anjeze setteled for the Spanish spelling, Teresa. She took her solemn
vows on the 14th of May 1937 while serving in eastern Calcutta. She served there for twenty years and
was named head mistress in 1944. While teaching in Calcutta she became increasingly alarmed about
the poverty prevalent in Calcutta.
On the tenth of September 1946 Sister Teresa had what she called “a call within a call.” She felt that
God told her to leave the convent and go live with and help the poor. However she did not act on that
call until 1948 when she finally gained the permission to rescind her vows to the convent. When she left
the convent, she went to the Holy Family Hospital in...