Aug. 26, 1910 Skopje Greater Skopje Skopje, Macedonia
Sep. 5, 1997 Calcutta West Bengal, India
Religious Figure. The 1979 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Peace, she was born Gonxha (Agnes) Bojaxhiu to a Catholic Albanian family in Skopje, Macedonia. At 18, she left home to join the Sisters of Loretto, a community of Irish nuns with a mission in Calcutta. After training in Dublin and Darjeeling, India, she took her vows as a nun taking the name Teresa after Saint Teresa de Jesus in 1928 and was assigned to a Calcutta convent. During a train ride in 1946, as she looked out over the poverty in Calcutta, India, she vowed to serve the poorest of poor, and eventually founded the Missionaries of Charity. At the time of her death the order was operating 517 schools, clinics and hospices in more than 100 countries with over 4,000 nuns. She was so respected that major airlines had a standing free reservation for her and traveling companions as she moved about the world raising money for the order and overseeing her empire of good works. Her final resting place is in a long narrow room, which once served as the convent's dining room. An entry has been opened to the street which allows the public to visit. Mother Teresa was placed in a rectangular cement box four foot tall. slabs of marble cover the container. Speculation has surfaced which claim this site is temporary due to her fast track toward sainthood. She was hailed as a "living saint" during her decades of service in Calcutta's slums. A shrine will probably be constructed allowing for open viewing and veneration as is traditional for persons achieving sainthood.