Asteroid 4390, Madreteresa, was discovered on April 5, 1976 at the Carlos U. Cesco Station of the Felix Aguilar Observatory near Barreal, San Juan, Argentina. It has a period of 3 years, 262 days.
It was named after the Macedonian-born Roman Catholic nun Ines Gonxha Bojaxhiu (1910-1997), better known as Mother Teresa of Calcutta or Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (since her beatification by the Catholic Church). (In Spanish, Mother Teresa is "Madre Teresa.") She devoted her life to helping sick, destitute and homeless people, first in India and then in the rest of the world. Among her many awards, she received the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. She has been criticized, however, for an excessively austere and doctrinaire attitude toward others (some have even accused her of a love of human suffering), for her opposition to birth control, and for damaging the image of the city of Kolkata by focusing the world's attention on the worst of its poverty.
The meaning of Madreteresa seems to be:(it has been said) celibacy; also, devotion to the poor, image problems, drawing attention to problems; possibly, damaged by well-meaning people.