Teresian Association Philippines Celebrates 100th Anniversary

TL;DR: The Teresian Association – Philippines commemorated its 100th anniversary of pontifical approval with a Mass led by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle. The association was founded in Spain in 1911 by Fr. Pedro Poveda, and it arrived in the Philippines in 1950. Ms. Gregoria Ruiz was elected as the first Filipina president of the Teresian Association International in August 2023.

A Century of Blessings

The Teresian Association – Philippines recently marked a significant milestone as it celebrated the 100th anniversary of its pontifical approval. This historic occasion was observed with a special Mass presided over by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, pro-prefect of the Dicastery for Evangelization, at the Saint Pedro Poveda College in Quezon City.

Cardinal Tagle expressed his joy, stating, “This is a great blessing not only for the association but for the whole Church.” He emphasized the association’s mission, inspired by St. Pedro Poveda, which focuses primarily on education and culture, carried out in a humble manner, akin to the teachings of Jesus. He encouraged all to remain attentive to culture and the way they carry out their mission, drawing inspiration from the example set by Jesus.

Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao joined Cardinal Tagle in celebrating the Mass.

A Brief History

The Teresian Association has its roots in Spain, where it was founded in 1911 by Fr. Pedro Poveda, who was later canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2003. On January 11, 1924, the Teresian Association received recognition from Pope Pius XI as an international lay organization with pontifical right. This status allowed it to expand its presence globally, reaching over 30 countries across the world.

In 1950, the Teresian Association arrived in the Philippines, leaving an indelible mark on various colleges and universities across the country. Currently, the association is actively present in Bacolod, Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Manila, Tagaytay, and Zamboanga.

A Historic Leadership

In August 2023, the Teresian Association elected Ms. Gregoria Ruiz as the first Filipina president of the Teresian Association International. In a message for the occasion, Ms. Ruiz expressed her hopes for the future, saying, “We hope that celebrating 100 years will be a good opportunity to continue looking to the future with hope and opening new paths of consolidation and evangelization.”

She urged the association to boldly renew its lay vocation within the Church, emphasizing a synodal approach and a willingness to embark on new adventures alongside many people as they move towards the next centenary.

As the Teresian Association – Philippines reflects on its 100-year journey, it stands poised to continue its vital mission of education, culture, and evangelization with renewed zeal and purpose.

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