1. She was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in 1910 in Albania, to a financially comfortable family - they lived in one of the two houses they owned. Her father died when she was 8 years old, which ended her family's financial security.
  2. She took her vows as a nun in 1931, and that's when she chose the name Teresa - to honor Saints Therese of Lisieux and Teresa of Avila.
  3. When she was 18 years old, Agnes left home and joined the Sisters of Loreto in Rathfarnham, Ireland.
  4. Although she lived to be 87 years old, she never saw her mother or sister again after the day she left for Ireland.
  5. She took leftover food from a plane while travelling on it & gave it to the poor and the hungry
  6. Opened the "House of the Dying" where she could take care of patients.
  7. Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity at the time of her death had 610 missions in 123 countries including hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis, soup kitchens, children's and family counselling programs, orphanages and schools.
  8. Mother Teresa's white sari with blue stripes only cost $1
  9. She refused the traditional Nobel honor banquet, instead requesting that the $192K funds be given to help the poor of India.