Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta is the patron saint of Yr 1.

She was born on 26 August 1910 in Skopje, and was baptized Gonxha Agnes. She is most famous for her work amongst some of the poorest people in the world in India. She loved those she helped, and gave love and tenderness – and, above all, God’s love – to those who were sick and dying. She used to find people who had been abandoned in the streets and left to die by families too poor to look after them. Mother Teresa would take them back to her little hut and care for them until they died. Eventually other nuns joined her and she founded the Missionaries of Charity, and she and her Sisters built up a whole network of houses where they could look after such people.

Mother Teresa once visited the Notre Dame Sisters’ convent next door to our school, and spoke to several of our former pupils.

Mother Teresa died on 5 September 1997.

Her feast day is 5 September.