What is A.T.A.?

An opportunity.  Reflect and renew ourselves

Every six years, since 1918, the Teresian Association celebrates its Assemblies to do some soul-searching, to look at the needs of the world from the perspective of faith, to evaluate our strengths and weaknesses, and to renew our way of being present wherever we are, faithful to the style of Saint Pedro Poveda.

This year, 2018, the Assemblies will take place in the months of July and August, at Santa María Center in Los Negrales, Alpedrete (Madrid) Spain.

For the first time the Assembly of all the Associations (A.T.A.) will be held from July 21-28 with representatives of the Primary Association and the ACIT Associations, from the countries where the Teresian Association is present. The XVIII General Assembly will follow it.

Horizon of reference

The Teresian Association tries to internalize the horizon of reference prrsented by Pope Francis:I should like to offer you, as a horizon of reference for your immediate future, a dual task that could be formulated in this way: “A Church that goes forth — a laity that goes forth”. Therefore, you also must look up and look “beyond”, look at the many people who are “distant” in our world, to the many families who are in difficulty and in need of mercy, to the many fields of apostolate that are still unexplored, to the many lay people with good and generous hearts who would willingly put — at the service of the Gospel — their energy, time and skills if they were involved, esteemed and accompanied with affection and dedication (…)

We need lay people who are formed well, animated by a clear and sincere faith, whose lives have been touched by a personal and merciful encounter with the love of Jesus Christ.” (Pope Francis, address to the participants in the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Laity.  June 17, 2016)

An later? When the Assemblies are over…

It will depend on you and me, on us, on everyone. And all of us should take another step forward to meet others with a merciful attitude. Go forth from our own comfort zone in order to reach all the “peripheries” in need of the light of the Gospel.” (EG 20), with “the drive to go forth and give, to go out from ourselves, to keep pressing forward in our sowing of the good seed.” (EG 21).

What do you expect from A.T.A.?

We would be grateful if you share your message of expectations, hopes, suggestions for the Assembly of all the Associations of the Teresian Association through a short video, text, or audio with a photograph. Send your message to paralaweb@institucionteresiana.org

María Ruiz, Management Coordinator of the schools of the Teresian Association in Spain, asks Assembly members to have wisdom and clarity of vision to look at the future and work together....

It is worthwhile for us to think about the needs of our world, which is based on the needs of people, wherever the Association is. Take into account all the life that is generated in the schools; we help young people grow. ...

May we be able to recreate Pedro Poveda's charism today. May we have imagination and wings to make the charism possible today, with the challenges that society presents to us. The  gospel and the charism of Poveda may guide us to unite faith-cultures-knowledge; and may the gospel give life to all cultures and all realities....

The directress of the Schools of the Teresian Association in Spain, Raquel Osorno, proposes "to jump into creativity."...

Think, do, and feel in a coherent manner, as was the life of Pedro Poveda; that the members of the Association may have "an eminently human character and belong completely to God."...

I dream that all of us will look for inspiration, strength and trust. .... It is worthwhile living associated in the style of the first Christians....