Mother Teresa “The Angel of Mercy “was born in Albania (now Macedonia) on 26th August 1910. Her original name was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu.
At the age of 18, moved by a desire to become a missionary, Gonxha left her home in 1928 to join the institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, known as the Sisters of Loreto in Ireland.
One year later, she was sent to India to the Novitiate of the Sisters of Loreto in Darjeeling. On 6th January 1929 she arrived Calcutta and was assigned to the Loreto Entally community in Calcutta and taught at St.Mary’s School for Girls. Mother Teresa’s twenty years in Loreto were filled with genuine happiness.
On Sep.1946 during a train ride from Calcutta to Darjeeling for her annual retreat, she was moved by an inner call that revealed her the pains and sorrows of the neglected poor on the streets and slums of Calcutta city. Thus was born the religious community the “Missionaries of Charity Sisters” dedicated to the service of the poorest of the poor.
As support and assistances mushroomed more and more services became possible to huge number of suffering people. Homes for the dying, refugee camps, teaching of orphans, accommodating abandoned children, treatment centers and hospitals for those suffering from leprosy, centers for alcoholics, the aged and the street people, etc the list is endless.
Mother Teresa received her first honor in 1962 with the “Padmashree Award”. Seventeen years later, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in the year 1979. In the year 1980 The Indian Government conferred the highest civilian honor” “Bharat Ratna“on Mother Teresa. (Jewel of India)
She sacrificed her entire life for the cause of the downtrodden, underprivileged, diseased and the needy in the society. She also symbolizes dedication and total service and she is a role model to the future generations of the entire world. She saw the face of God in each and every suffering mass.
Mother Teresa loved the poor and served them and was the embodiment of peace and affection. She rendered wholehearted service to the poorest of the poor and her faith, selflessness and practical service was able to move mountains of insensitive and uncaring people around the world. The angel of mercy spread love and compassion throughout the world and brought relief to the poorest of the poor. She was a burning and shining light in the dark hearts of the poor and was a unique personality. Mother Teresa was an outstanding humanitarian who devoted her life to care for the children, the destitute, the poor, the sick and the dying and she was the symbol of hope to them.
On 5th September 1997 at the age of 87 the world's compassionate servant passed away, "Heaven had gained another star", entire humanity genuinely mourned the loss of the Angel of mercy. Mother Teresa's life and living was really an inspiration for many and she is a living witness in Human History.
Mother Teresa Charitable Trust (MTCT) and its unit Mother Teresa Forum (MTF) has been carrying out the activities of serving the poor and downtrodden in the society, the torch of service left by the “Angel of Mercy ”.