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Mother Teresa : missionary of charity
Wellman, Sam.
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Uhrichsville, OH : Barbour Pub., [1997]

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202 pages ; 21 cm.
A biography of the founder of the Missionary Sisters and Brothers of Charity, known for her work with the destitute and dying in Calcutta and other places and who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.
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BX4406.5.Z8 W455 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The life story of the Roman Catholic nun who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and is known throughout India as a missionary of charity.

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Gr 6 Up-Born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhius to a relatively affluent, Albanian-speaking Catholic family in a part of Eastern Europe then controlled by Turkish-speaking Serbs, Mother Teresa was surrounded by various religious and political ideas and carefully reared by her mother in a tradition of tolerance and concern for others. At 18, she decided to become a teaching nun in India. Teaching at the Loreto convent school in Calcutta still did not put her close enough to her vision of service, so after some difficulty she received permission to live among the poor and to help them. She continued to attract followers and money to carry on the work. While simply worded and detailed, Wellman's prose seems dutiful and pedestrian, and much of the text is written in undocumented dialogue. Although the book relates the facts of life in India, readers don't really sense it. There is only the merest splash of color about Mother Teresa's life. Sadly, there are no illustrations. By contrast, William J. Jacobs's Mother Teresa (Millbrook, 1991) is short, evocative, and profusely illustrated, and much more likely to appeal to casual perusers.-Cindy Darling Codell, Clark Middle School, Winchester, KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Born in what is now Macedonia to Albanian Christians, Mother Teresa joined the church as a nun in 1937. Assigned to work in India, Mother Teresa soon came to believe that to help India's poorest, the church's workers must live among them. In 1950, the Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity was born, for which Mother Teresa served until her death in 1997. Excerpted from Mother Teresa: Missionary of Charity by Sam Wellman All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.