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  • Üsküp, Kosovo Vilayet, Ottoman Empire (present-day Skopje, North Macedonia)
    Friday Aug 26, 1910

    Birth

    Üsküp, Kosovo Vilayet, Ottoman Empire (present-day Skopje, North Macedonia)
    Friday Aug 26, 1910

    Teresa was born Anjezë Gonxhe (or Gonxha) Bojaxhiu; on 26 August 1910 into a Kosovar Albanian family in Skopje (now the capital of North Macedonia), Ottoman Empire. She was baptized in Skopje, the day after her birth. She later considered 27 August, the day she was baptised, her "true birthday".




  • Üsküp, Kosovo Vilayet, Ottoman Empire (present-day Skopje, North Macedonia)
    Wednesday Aug 15, 1928

    Religious life

    Üsküp, Kosovo Vilayet, Ottoman Empire (present-day Skopje, North Macedonia)
    Wednesday Aug 15, 1928

    Teresa was in her early years when she was fascinated by stories of the lives of missionaries and their service in Bengal; by age 12, she was convinced that she should commit herself to religious life. Her resolve strengthened on 15 August 1928 as she prayed at the shrine of the Black Madonna of Vitina-Letnice, where she often went on pilgrimages.




  • Darjeeling, in the lower Himalayas, India
    Sunday May 24, 1931

    First Religious vows

    Darjeeling, in the lower Himalayas, India
    Sunday May 24, 1931

    She arrived in India in 1929 and began her novitiate in Darjeeling, in the lower Himalayas, where she learned Bengali and taught at St. Teresa's School near her convent. Teresa took her first religious vows on 24 May 1931. She chose to be named after Thérèse de Lisieux, the patron saint of missionaries; because a nun in the convent had already chosen that name, Agnes opted for its Spanish spelling (Teresa).




  • Loreto convent, Darjeeling, India
    Tuesday Sep 10, 1946

    The call within the call

    Loreto convent, Darjeeling, India
    Tuesday Sep 10, 1946

    On 10 September 1946, Teresa experienced what she later described as "the call within the call" when she travelled by train to the Loreto convent in Darjeeling from Calcutta for her annual retreat.




  • Patna, India
    1948

    The Holly Family Hospital

    Patna, India
    1948

    She began missionary work with the poor in 1948, replacing her traditional Loreto habit with a simple, white cotton sari with a blue border. Teresa adopted Indian citizenship, spent several months in Patna to receive basic medical training at Holy Family Hospital and ventured into the slums.




  • India
    Monday Jul 10, 1950

    A Vatican permission

    India
    Monday Jul 10, 1950

    On 7 October 1950, Teresa received Vatican permission for the diocesan congregation, which would become the Missionaries of Charity. In her words, it would care for "the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone".




  • Kolkata, India
    1952

    Home of the Pure heart

    Kolkata, India
    1952

    In 1952, Teresa opened her first hospice with help from Kolkata officials. She converted an abandoned Hindu temple into the Kalighat Home for the Dying, free for the poor, and renamed it Kalighat, the Home of the Pure Heart (Nirmal Hriday).


  • Beirut, Lebanon
    1982

    To Lebanon OR 37 children rescued

    Beirut, Lebanon
    1982

    At the height of the Siege of Beirut in 1982, Teresa rescued 37 children trapped in a front-line hospital by brokering a temporary cease-fire between the Israeli army and Palestinian guerrillas. Accompanied by Red Cross workers, she travelled through the war zone to the hospital to evacuate the young patients.


  • India
    Thursday Mar 13, 1997

    Resignation

    India
    Thursday Mar 13, 1997

    On 13 March 1997 Teresa resigned as head of the Missionaries of Charity.


  • India
    Friday Sep 05, 1997

    Mother Tresa's Death

    India
    Friday Sep 05, 1997

    She died on 5 September.


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