In 1952 the first Home for the Dying was opened in space made
available by the City of Calcutta. Over the years, Mother Teresas Missionaries of
Charity grew from 12 to thousands serving the "poorest of the poor" in 450
centers around the world. Mother Teresa created many homes for the dying and the unwanted
from Calcutta to New York to Albania. She was one of the pioneers of establishing homes
for AIDS victims. For more than 45 years, Mother Teresa comforted the poor, the dying, and
the unwanted around the world.
In 1966, the Missionaries of Charity Brothers was
founded. Homes began to open in Rome, Tanzania, and Australia. In 1971, the first home in
the United States was established in the South Bronx, New York.
Mother Teresa gained worldwide acclaim with her tireless
efforts on behalf of world peace. Her work brought her numerous humanitarian awards,
including : the Pope John XXIII Peace Prize and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. In
receiving this award, Mother Teresa revolutionized the award ceremony. She insisted on a
departure from the ceremonial banquet and asked that the funds, $6,000 be donated to the
poor in Calcutta. This money would permit her to feed hundreds for a year.
She is stated to have said that earthly rewards were
important only if they helped her help the worlds needy.
Beginning in 1980, homes began to spring-up for drug
addicts, prostitutes, battered women, and more orphanages and schools for poor children
around the world. In 1985, Mother Teresa established the first hospice for AIDS victims in
New York. Later homes were added in San Francisco and Atlanta. Mother Teresa was awarded
Medal of Freedom, the highest U.S. civilian award.
In 1991, Mother Teresa returned for the first time to
her native Albania and opened a home in Tirana. By this year, there
were 168 homes established in India.
On February 3, 1994 at a National Prayer Breakfast,
sponsored by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, in Washington, DC, Mother
Teresa challenged the audience on such topics as family life and abortion. She said,
"Please dont kill the child. I want the child. Give the child to
Mother Teresa traveled to help the hungry in Ethiopia,
radiation victims at Chernobyl, and earthquake victims in Armenia. Her zeal and works of
mercy knew no boundaries.
In November of 1996, Mother Teresa received the honorary U.S.
happy occasion of your forthcoming Birthday, I join all the Missionaries of Charity in
thanking Almighty God for the witness of your religious consecration and your untiring
service of the poorest of the poor. As a pledge of strength and joy in our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ, I gladly impart my Apostolic Blessing."
- Pope John Paul II
April 22, 1996.
"At the end of our lives, we will not be judged by
how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made or how many great things
we have done. We will be judged by I was hungry and you gave me to eat. I was naked
and you clothed me. I was homeless and you took me in.
Hungry not only for bread-but hungry for love.
Naked not only for clothing-but naked of human dignity
Homeless not only for want of a room of bricks-but
homeless because of rejection.
This is Christ in distressing disguise."