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Mother Teresa was a nun who travelled the world helping sick, poor, dying people as well as orphans. She was a nun for over 45 years, and devoted her entire life to helping others.Read on to learn more about the courageous and selfless life of Mother Teresa or alternatively download our comprehensive worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
- Mother Teresa’s real name was Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, which is Albanian. She was born on August 26, 1910, but prefers to remember the day she was baptized, which was August 27, as this date was more meaningful for her.
- Her father died when she was 8, so she was raised by her mother.
- She was born in the former Ottoman Empire, which is now known as the Republic of Macedonia.
- She was raised in a very religious Roman Catholic household.
- When she decided to become a nun at age 18, she moved to Ireland with the desire to become a teacher. This is where she stayed for a while before preparing to become a nun, and where she learned how to speak English.
- Mother Teresa later moved to India where she could complete her novitiate period, which is a period when someone prepares to become a member of a religious institution.
- In 1929, she moved to India, learned the Bengali language, and taught at a school in Darjeeling. Two years later, she took her vows as a nun. She hoped to end poverty and inequality for girls in India.
- She chose the name Teresa in memory of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux.
- In 1948, Teresa became a citizen of India, and spent months in a city in India receiving medical training to help sick people.
- She founded a school in Motijhil where she could tend to the poor and hungry. Teresa did this because she felt a “call from God” to help the poor. She herself often went hungry trying to help these people, but persisted nonetheless.
- By 1949, she was joined by lots of other women who were eager to help as well.
- In 1950, Mother Teresa, along with 13 members, formed a group within the Catholic Church. This group was called “The Missionaries of Charity”, and it was recognized as a new congregation. She had to receive Vatican permission for this.
- The purpose of the charity was to provide care for people who felt shunned from society.
- Through this initiative, Mother Teresa established an orphanage, family and mobile health clinics, a nursing home, a leper colony, and much more.
- She helped “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” (washingtonpost.com: Highlights of Mother Teresa’s Life).
- By 1997, the congregation had grown to over 4,000 sisters. They helped to manage the orphanages and refugee centres, as well as the various other initiatives.
- In addition, the sisters helped people who suffered from AIDS, alcoholism, victims of natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes, as well as helping blind, deaf, disabled, and homeless people and making them feel loved and cared for.
- In 1952, she opened a hospice in India so that the poor and sick could receive proper care and die with dignity.
- The Children’s Home of the Immaculate Heart was opened by Teresa in 1955. It was a haven for orphans and homeless youth.
- Growing in size, the congregation began to receive countless donations and recruits, and with the money, more hospices, orphanages, and houses for people with leprosy.
- In later years, Teresa expanded the congregation by opening houses in Venezuela, Italy, Tanzania, and Austria. By the 1970s, houses were opened in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
- Mother Teresa continued her service in India, and by 1971, her work had become internationally known.
- She was invited to speak at the United Nations in 1985 for their 40th Anniversary General Assembly. While there, she opened a home called “Gift of Love” to help people suffering from HIV/AIDS.
- Teresa received the Jewel of India Award for her work, which is the highest honor someone can receive in India.
- In addition, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her humanitarian work. The money from the traditional banquet for this award was donated to the poor of India.
- Mother Teresa died on September 5, 1997. She worked almost up until her death.
Mother Teresa Worksheets
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Mother Teresa Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about Mother Teresa who was a nun who travelled the world helping sick, poor, dying people as well as orphans. She was a nun for over 45 years, and devoted her entire life to helping others.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Mother Teresa Facts.
- Gratitude Poster.
- Fill in the Blanks.
- Mother Teresa Wordsearch.
- Charity Challenge.
- Mother Teresa Acrostic.
- Mother Teresa Crossword.
- 3 Things Activity.
- Poem About Mother Teresa.
- Letter to Mother Teresa.
- Mother Teresa Coloring Page.
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