Road Name: Mother Teresa road named after Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu / Mother Teresa (26th August 1910 – 5 September 1997)
Road Location: Victoria Layout
Mother Teresa was the recipient of numerous honours, including the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize, and in December 2015, she was made a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.
Mother Teresa, by the age of 12, had become convinced that she would commit herself to a religious life.
She left home in 1928 at the age of 18 to join the Sisters of Loreto in Ireland, to learn English, with a view to becoming a missionary, because English was the language the Sisters of Loreto used to teach school children in India. She arrived in India in 1929, and began her novitiate in Darjeeling . She took her first religious vows as a nun on 24 May 1931, and chose to be called Teresa.
She soon began serving as a teacher at the Loreto convent school in Calcutta. Although she enjoyed teaching at the school, she was increasingly disturbed by the poverty surrounding her in Calcutta, and wanted to do something about it.
She began her missionary work with the poor in 1948, wearing a simple white cotton sari decorated with a blue border.
Teresa received Vatican permission on 7 October 1950 to start the Missionaries of Charity. Its mission was to care for, in her own words, “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.”
It began as a small congregation with 13 members in Calcutta; by 1997 it had grown to more than 4,000 sisters running orphanages, AIDS hospices and charity centres.
As the Missionaries of Charity took in increasing numbers of lost children, Mother Teresa felt the need to create a home for them. In 1955 she opened the Nirmala Shishu Bhavan, the Children’s Home of the Immaculate Heart, as a haven for orphans and homeless youth.
After suffering from severe heart problems, this great lady died, on the 5th of September 1997.
On 26 August 2010, The Indian Railways introduced a new train, “Mother Express”, named after Mother Teresa, and the anniversary of her death has been designated as the International Day of Charity by the United Nations General Assembly.