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Teresa, Mother (1910–1997)

  1. Michael Coulter

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0942

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Coulter, M. 2011. Teresa, Mother (1910–1997). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Mother Teresa, born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, was the third child of an Albanian couple living in Skopje, which is in modern day Macedonia. By the time Agnes turned 12, she felt a distinct vocation, which gradually became a desire to do mission work. Agnes left Skopje at 18 and joined the Irish order of the Sisters of Loreto, who operated schools in India. Upon her entry into the order, Agnes took the name of Sister Teresa in honor of St. Thérèse of Lisieux.


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