ta-logoThe Teresian Association, an international group of the Catholic Church for the laity

The Teresian Association, (TA) founded by St. Pedro Poveda is an international entity of the Catholic Church for the laity. Began in 1911 in Covadonga, Spain, it is integarted by associations and movements of lay women and men who are committed to evangelization, human advancement and social transformation through education and culture both in private and public institutions.

Its lay character is an essential trait of the TA, working together with all those that seek a more just society for all. The defense of human rights, the right to education and respect for cultural and political diversity, are at the root of its actions.

The TA is present in countries of America, Asia, Africa and Europe through education, health, business, communications, socio-educational projects, ONGs, Cultural and Spirituality Centers.

“We who seek to live an intense spiritual life must be exteriorly simple and humble; we must be unnoticed, among ordinary people, but interiorly we must have the singularity of the Spirit of Christ. ( St. Pedro Poveda)


Because of the lay character of the TA, its members must live according to their state in life, profession and mission .

There are two ways of membership, according to the personal calling: In an Association  for only women, that has an international scope, demands total availability to the Word, sharing goods and a celibate life or, in local Associations ( men and women), according to professional and family responsibilities.

All members live their Christian faith nourished by the Povedan spirituality as they carry on the mission of the Teresian Association.

Anyone interested must write a letter of request manifesting their desire to be part of the TA. After a process of formation and discernment, All members make a commitment with the T.A., and receive the same Statutes. They also receive the bylaws proper to their own specific  association.

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