After she took her religious vows Agnes Gonsche Bojaxhiu chose the name Teresa after the French saint Teresa. She then received permission from her supervisor to leave her convent and go to work with the poor of Calcutta. At times she was forced to beg but what began as a small group of volunteers eventually became a worldwide centre caring for the refugees and outcasts of every nature.
When she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her work amongst the poor the funds were giving to help the poor. She insisted she did not need earthly rewards.
In 1983 her health declined and she suffered a heart attack followed by a secon in 1989, necessitating the insertion of a pacemaker. In 1996 she suffered a fall and a bout of malaria further weakened her health.
She died on 5 September 1977 aged 86, mourned by the world and leavikng a legacy of hospices and orphanages throughout the world.