On her path to sainthood, Mother Teresa was a nun, a nurse and a Nobel Peace Prize winner.
A Saint Is Born
Mother Teresa is born in Skopje, now part of Macedonia.
A Journey to India
Joins the Sisters of Loreto in Ireland. There she learns English and is sent to the order’s girls’ school in Darjeeling, India, where she becomes a teacher, then principal.
Ministering to the Poor
After leaving the school, she learns nursing skills from other nuns, and begins her work with Kolkata’s poor.
A New Order
Wins church recognition for a new order, the Missionaries of Charity, and becomes its superior general.
Nobel Peace Prize
Wins the Nobel Peace Prize for her work among the poor. Told of the honor, she says, “I am unworthy.” Her order has grown to 1,800 nuns and 120,000 lay workers, running nearly 200 centers and homes.
A Visit to the United States
Visits a Missionaries of Charity house in the Bronx. The order opened its first house in the United States in Harlem in 1971, but soon moved to the Bronx.
A Rescue Mission in Lebanon
Travels to Beirut, rescuing dozens of developmentally disabled children from the fighting there.
In Poor Health
Suffering from heart problems, Mother Teresa tells Pope John Paul II she will resign as head of her order to make way for younger hands. But the order cannot agree on a successor, and she stays on.
In failing health, she steps aside and is replaced by Sister Nirmala.
Sept. 5, 1997
The World Mourns
Dies in Kolkata of heart failure. She was 87.
Pope John Paul II beatifies Mother Theresa, the first step toward sainthood.