Anjene Gonxhe Bojaxhu was born of Albanian parents on 26th August 1910 in Skopje, which is present day Macedonia. She first felt called to religious life at a tender age of 12. When she was 18, moved by a desire to become a missionary she left her home and went to Ireland where after her training, she became a Loretto nun and took the name Sister Mary Teresa after St. Therese of Lisieux. Soon thereafter she came to India and worked as a teacher at St. Mary’s School in Kolkata and in 1937 she made her Final Profession of Vows, becoming as she said the “spouse of Jesus” for “all eternity“. From that time on she was called Mother Teresa. A person of intense prayer with a great love for her students, she was noted for her charity, courage, unselfish attitude and a capacity for hard work. Continue reading
I grew up in a home situated right next to a small chapel. In fact, from the garden in front of our house, we could see the altar through the open window. Though this chapel was dedicated to Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, feasts of a few other saints were celebrated with great pomp there. One such feast was that of St. Joseph, the foster father of Jesus.
What intrigued me was the fact that one particular widow and her daughters staked their claim to celebrate this feast every year. What was so special about this saint that with singular devotion they vied to honour him annually? Continue reading