In 1874, when Pedro Poveda Castroverde was born, Linares was an important town because mines were excavated there to extract lead. They attracted workers, even immigrants, who would work under hard conditions. There were some who accumulated riches. At the same time, this town was also an arena for the coexistence of different political parties and cultural emerging trends that were debated in Spain.
Today one can also hear the voices of children in the square of the neighborhood of the Caves in Guadix. However, the children do not throw rocks to those who visit their neighborhood. They are friendly and even pose for pictures in front of the white chimneys that are a landmark of the area.
The Teresian Association was born in Covadonga
Pedro Poveda was appointed canon of the shrine in 1906. In addition to his work as canon, he engaged in the study of pedagogical issues.
Regarding this time in his life, Poveda wrote the following in his journal: “God knows why he brought me here, still so young, to this peaceful haven.” Later on, he remembered, “Seven years of intense life in that blessed place were very fruitful, and everything they produced was around the goal of my life that flourished and crystallized looking at “La Santina.”
Once his assignment in Covadonga was complete, on July 3, 1913, Pedro Poveda, was appointed Canon for the Cathedral of Jaén, where he resided till 1921. From there he moved to Madrid.
This was not the first time he lived in this place, also called the city of “del Santo Reino” (Holy Kingdom). In October 1889 he had joined the Seminary of Jaén and he remained there till 1894 when he moved to Guadix to continue his studies.
Already in 1902 Pedro Poveda walked the streets of Madrid looking for support for his projects in Guadix. Later on, the streets witnessed his priestly ministry, his support of the Teresian Association, other activities, and finally his martyrdom in 1936.
Alameda Street was the place where he was detained. His confessional in the Church of Sacramento Street and the Chapel in Almudena Cathedral are places that remind us of his presence, as well as other addresses where Poveda wrote a large part of his work or drafted the Statutes of the Teresian Association.