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Teresian Institute


An association of Catholic women founded in Spain by Rev. Peter Poveda in 1911; it subsequently spread throughout Western Europe, Mexico, South America, the Philippines, Japan, Formosa, Jordan, West Africa, and the Congo. In the U.S. the institute was established (1961) in Boston, MA, and Coral Gables, FL. Its members, known as Teresians, devote their lives to the apostolate of Christian education, teaching all age levels, irrespective of class or nationality. The aim of the institute is a harmonious blend of action and contemplation; every member must follow some course of study in order to obtain a university degree or other professional qualification. No habit or special uniform is worn by Teresians, whose patroness is St. Teresa of Avila.

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