II. Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was born on August 27, 1910 in Skopje, an area of Albania that
was later to become part of Yugoslavia.
A. Her parents were Nikola and Dranafile Bojaxhiu.
B. Nikola was from a large and wealthy family of traders, and was a merchant and
entrepreneur. He was a very distinguished man in the town.
C. Dranafile lived very traditionally, working and cleaning while her husband was away and
when he came home be waiting with the children, all in clean and neat clothing.
D. Agnes Gonxha had two older siblings, a brother named Lazar, and a sister named Agatha.
E. Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu grew up surrounded by political disorder. Albania gained its
independence in 1912, but Skopje where her family of ethnic Albanians lived, still
belonged to Siberia.
F. In 1928, Bojaxhiu traveled to Ireland, where she joined the Sisters of the Loreto.
G. Bojaxhiu traveled to Calcutta, India in 1929, and served as a teacher of St.
Mary’s, a school for wealthy girls.