Mother Teresa

Teresa, Mother

Mother Teresa (Saint Teresa of Calcutta), 1910–97, Roman Catholic missionary in India, winner of the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize, b. Skopje (now in Macedonia) as Gonxha Agnes Bojaxhiu. Of Albanian parentage, she joined the Sisters of Loreto in Ireland at 18 and soon left for India, where she became a nun and taught school in Calcutta (now Kolkata) from 1931, becoming the school's principal in 1944. In 1948 she left the convent and founded the Missionaries of Charity (officially recognized 1950) to care for the poor. She became an Indian citizen in 1951. Her order now operates schools, hospitals, orphanages, and food centers worldwide; she stepped down as the order's leader in 1997. She was canonized by Pope Francis in 2016.

See her writings in In My Own Words (1996, comp. by J. L. González-Balado) and her letters in Come Be My Light (2007, ed. by B. Kolodiejchuk).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2018, The Columbia University Press.

Mother Teresa: Selected full-text books and articles

Christian Love By Bernard V. Brady Georgetown University Press, 2003
Philosophers and Religious Leaders By Christian D. Von Dehsen Oryx Press, 1999
Librarian's tip: "Teresa, Mother" begins on p. 182
Sisters in Arms: Catholic Nuns through Two Millennia By Jo Ann Kay McNamara Harvard University Press, 1998
No Humanitarian: A Portrait of Mother Teresa By Poplin, Mary Commonweal, Vol. 124, No. 22, December 19, 1997
An Interview with Christopher Hitchens on Mother Teresa By Cherry, Matt Free Inquiry, Vol. 16, No. 4, Fall 1996
Saint of Darkness: The Path to Canonizing Mother Teresa By Gallagher, Tom National Catholic Reporter, Vol. 52, No. 23, August 26, 2016
Mother Teresa's Worlds By Schwartz, Stephen First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life, No. 264, June/July 2016
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