Mother Teresa was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun, born on 26th August 1910 in Kosovo Vilayet, Ottoman Empire, Macedonia. Mother Teresa’s father was Nikolle Bojaxhiu and mother Dranafile Bojaxhiu. Her father was an entrepreneur who worked as a construction contractor and a trader of medicines and other goods.
Mother Teresa wanted to live a religious life when she was in school. At the age of 18, Mother Teresa left her home and went to Ireland to learn English with the view of becoming a missionary in India. In India, she helped sick, poor, and helpless people.
Mother Teresa has devoted her life to giving hope to the hopeless in more than one hundred and twenty countries. For helping helpless people she opened many charities in India.
She was the founder of the famous charity “Missionaries of Charity”. Now Missionaries of Charity has lots of branches in India outside India. Mother Teresa was the receiver of many prestigious awards like Novel Peace Prize, Bharat Ratna, Padma Shri, Ramon Magsaysay Award, The Jawaharlal Nehru Award, and more.
Read below the Mother Teresa biography timeline year wise from her birth to death.
Mother Teresa Timeline
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- 1910: Born
Mother Teresa was born on 26 August 1910. But it was consider as 27th August after baptised.
- 1919: Mother Teresa’s father died
Mother Teresa’s father died when she was eight years old.
- 1923: Inspired by the missionaries and service in Bengal
Mother Teresa inspired by stories of the lives of missionaries and their service in Bengal.
- 1928: Inspired for the religious life
Mother Teresa was inspired for religious life while she prayed at the shrine of the Black Madonna of Vitina on 15 August 1928.
- 1928: Left home to join Sisters of Loreto
Mother Teresa left home to join the Sisters of Loreto the Irish branch of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Rathfarnham, Ireland.
- 1928 (1st December 1928): Left for India
Mother Teresa left Ireland and traveled by boat to India on December 1, 1928.
- 1929 (6th January 1929): Reached in India
Mother Teresa arrived in Calcutta through a journey in the water on January 6, 1929.
- 1931 (24th May 1931): Mother Teresa’s 1st Vows
Mother Teresa made her first temporary vows, and began teaching in the Loreto convent school of Darjeeling on May 24, 1931.
- 1937 (14th May 1937): Mother Teresa’s second vows
Mother Teresa took her second vows known as solemn vows on 14 May 1937 and began to teach the slum children at outside the St. Teresa’s primary school compound of Loreto Entally.
- 1944: Appointed as Headmistress
Mother Teresa was appointed as St. Teresa’s primary school’s headmistress. She served there for nearly twenty years.
- 1946 (10th September 1946): Experiencing call within call
While she was on a train for Darjeeling on September 10, 1946, she experienced the call of her inner conscious “call within a call,” which she considered divine inspiration to devote herself to caring for the sick and poor.
- 1946 (October 1946): Apply for resignation from teacher-ship
Mother Teresa returned to Entally Calcutta from Darjeeling in October 1946 and sought permission from her superiors to leave the convent school.
- 1948 (12th April 1948): Permission granted for resignation
Pope Pius XII granted her permission on April 12, 1948.
- 1948: Beginning of missionary work
Mother Teresa replaced her traditional Loreto habit with a simple, white cotton sari with a blue border and began her missionary work with the poor.
- 1948: Adopting citizenship
Mother Teresa adopted Indian citizenship.
- 1949: Foundation of religious community
Mother Teresa laid the foundation of a new religious community called “poorest among the poor” with the help of some group of young women.
- 1950 (7th October 1950): Foundation of Missionary Charity
Mother Teresa received permission on 7 October 1950 for foundation “Diocesan Congregation of the Calcutta Diocese” which became ‘Missionaries of Charity’.
- 1952: Opening of Nirmal Hriday
Mother Teresa opened her first hospice “Nirmal Hriday” in an abandoned Hindu temple of Kali with help from Calcutta officials.
- 1955: Opening of Nirmal Shishu Bhavan
Mother Teresa opened her first orphanage for abandoned babies and children called “Nirmala Shishu Bhavan”.
- 1960: Opening many hospices, orphanages, and leper houses
She had opened a lot of hospices, orphanages, and leper houses throughout India with the help of donations.
- 1962: Received Ramon Magsaysay Award
Ramon Magsaysay Award for Peace and International Understanding, given for work in South or East Asia.
- 1962: Receiving of Padmashri
Padma Shri by the Indian government, India’s fourth-highest civilian award.
- 1962: Received Magsaysay Prize
The Magsaysay Prize, by the Conference of Asiatic States.
- 1965: Opening of Shanti Nagar
She opened the “Shanti Nagar” hospice for people suffering from leprosy.
- 1965: House opening in Venezuela
Mother Teresa opened a house in Venezuela with five sisters.
- 1967: Establishment of the Missionary Brothers of Charity
Mother Teresa established the Missionary Brothers of Charity with four more charity.
- 1968: House opening 3 major countries
Mother Teresa opened houses in Italy (Rome), Tanzania and Austria.
- 1969: Receiving Jawaharlal Nehru Award
Mother Teresa received the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding.
- 1970: Honored by USA
Mother Teresa received Good Samaritan Prize and the Kennedy Foundation Prize, by the United States.
- 1970: Results by the end of this year
By the end of the 1970s, Mother Teresa opened so many houses and foundations for houses in the United States, many countries in Asia, Africa, and Europe.
- 1971: Receiving of Pope John XXIII Peace Prize
Mother Teresa received Pope John XXIII Peace Prize by the Vatican for work with the poor, display of Christian charity, and efforts for peace.
- 1973: Receiving of Templeton Prize
Mother Teresa received Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion, by the British government.
- 1975: Receiving of Albert Schweitzer International Prize
Mother Teresa received Albert Schweitzer International Prize for humanitarian work, by the United States.
- 1976: Receiving of La Storta Medal
She received La Storta Medal for Human Service from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania in April 1976.
- 1976: Received Pacem in Terris Award
She received Pacem in Terris Award in 1976.
- 1977: Receiving of Doctorate
She received Honorary doctorate, by Cambridge University, England.
- 1979: Received Balzan Prize
Mother Teresa received Balzan Prize by the Italian government for promoting humanity, peace, and brotherhood among peoples.
- 1979: Received Nobel Peace Prize
Mother Teresa received Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 “for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress.
- 1980: Received Bharat Ratna
Mother Teresa received India’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna.
- 1983: 1st Heart Attack
Mother Teresa had her first heart attack while she was in Rome.
- 1985: Received Presidential Medal
She received Presidential Medal of Honor by the U.S. government.
- 1987: Received Doctor’s degree in Social science
Mother Teresa received a doctor’s degree in social science from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania.
- 1987: Received Soviet Peace Committee Gold Medal
Mother Teresa received Soviet Peace Committee Gold Medal for promoting peace and friendship among people.
- 1989: 2nd heart attack
Mother Teresa had her second heart attack and she received an artificial pacemaker for her heart.
- 1990: Received International Leo Tolstoy Medal
Mother Teresa received International Leo Tolstoy Medal, by the Soviet government.
- 1991: Open Missionaries of Charity Brothers in Tirana
Mother Teresa returned to Albania to open a Missionaries of Charity Brothers home in Tirana.
- 1991: Wanted to resign from the head of the Missionaries of Charity
Mother Teresa wanted to resign from the head of the Missionaries of Charity due to her heart problem.
- 1992: Official Biography published
Mother Teresa’s official biography was published by Navin Chawla.
- 1992: Received Peace Education Prize
Mother Teresa received Peace Education Prize from UNESCO.
- 1994: Golden Honour by Albania
She received Golden Honour of the Nation by the Albanian government.
- 1996: citizenship of USA
She received an honorary citizen of the United States, by the U.S. government.
- 1996: Facing health problem
Mother Teresa had faced several health problems. She had fallen and her collarbone was broken, and she had malaria and heart failure.
- 1997 (13th March 1997): Resigned from head of the Missionaries of Charity
Mother Teresa resigned as head of the Missionaries of Charity on 13 March 1997.
- 1997(5th September 1997): Death
Mother Teresa died on 5 September 1997 at the age of 87.
- By the end of 1997 Missionaries of Charity had 13-member Calcutta congregation and more than 4,000 sisters.
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