10. Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa was born in Macedonia on August 26, 1910. When she was eighteen she left her home to join an order of Irish nuns named the Sisters of Loreto. She took her vows just before her twenty-first birthday in 1931, and began teaching at St. Mary’s High School in Calcutta, India. Mother Teresa taught for seventeen years until one day, in 1948, she realized her true calling was to help the poorest of the poor and in 1950 she was granted permission to begin an order of her own called the Missionaries of Charity. Its primary task was to love and care for those people nobody else looked after. This group of religious women would go into the slums of Calcutta and minister to the poor, the hungry, the sick, and the orphans. It was through this kind of work that Mother Teresa became known as the “Saint of the Gutters”. She died in 1997 in India at the age of 87.