Teresa was born as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, on August 27, 1910 in the city of Skopje, Macedonia, then the capital of the Ottoman province of the Kossovo Vilayet. From an Albanian Gypsy family. Little is known of Teresa's early life except from her own reminiscences. She recounted that she felt a vocation to help the poor from the age of 12, and decided to train for missionary work in India. She was a member of the youth group in her local parish called Sodality. At 18, the Vatican granted Teresa permission to leave Skopje and join the Sisters of Loreto, an Irish community of nuns in Rathfarnham with a mission in Calcutta. In 1979 she was awrded the Nobel prize for Peace, and died in Calcutta on 5th September 1997.