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Mother Teresa was a wonderful woman and a great influence on the world today She was born in 1910 in Macedonia with the name Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu She was born into a family of deeply religious Catholics Agnes felt she got the calling to work for God at the young age of fourteen She joined the Loreto order and went to Bengal India to start her studies In 1937 Agnes took her final vows to become a nun and has done much great work in the world since Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was born on August 27 1910 to Nikola and Drana Bojaxhiu in Skopje Macedonia Drana and Nikola were Albanian and both were very deeply religious Roman Catholics Nikola was a popular merchant and a partner to an Italian merchant He owned several houses and was a member of the Skopje town council Whenever Agnes father would return from a trip he would always bring his children presents Also he promoted his daughters education which was uncommon in that time period Nikola also was involved in an underground organization that worked to gain independence for the Albanians from the Ottoman Turks who ruled Macedonia around the time Agnes was born Agnes grew up around much fighting When she was born there were Albanian protests against the Turkish government When she was two she witnessed the First Balkan War In that war the Ottomans were defeated but Macedonia was divided among the conquerors Bulgaria Greece Montenegero and Serbia The city of Skopje was distributed to Serbia Albania received its independence in 1912 but Nikola continued his nationalist work He joined a movement determined to incorporate Serbia into the Albanian nation In 1914 when Agnes was only four years old World War I began In 1918 her father was killed Some people believe that he was poisoned by enemies Many people mourned his death because of his kindness and generosity Drana Bojaxhiu and the family were left
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