Sunday, 18 December 2016 00:00

The Teresian Association and the 70th anniversary of the Spanish department of the Catholic University of Paris

PARIS, France. 
The Spanish department of the Catholic University of Paris celebrated seventy years of activity on December 8. The party, organized around three round tables, summoned many people of all ages: faculty, colleagues, students, family, friends.

“L’hispanisme est une très grande chose.
Dites-leur de continuer”
Monseigneur Pierre Jobit


1218-5Several members of the Teresian Association have worked at this Catholic University throughout these years and some participated in this encounter.

The first round table titled “Evocation of Pierre Jobit” was facilitated by three heads of the department: Bernard Darbord, Ma Enriqueta Soriano and Béatrice Fonck, current director. The three spoke about these years, so enriching for generations of teachers and students. Ma Enriqueta Soriano, who before becoming director, had been a close collaborator of Monsignor Pierre Jobit, described him as a person guided by a passion who let himself be guided by it. Pierre Jobit, captivated by the language of Cervantes, travels to Spain, creates a Spanish department, crosses the Atlantic, builds bridges ... Ma Enriqueta praised the dynamism of cultural openness of this man who knew how to combine rigor and cordiality.

The second round table was about the department, its former students and faculty. Two faculty members and two students gave their testimony and talked about what the university experience had been for them. Ma Dolores Mitchell, who had traveled for the event, shared a table with one of her former students. For several years, Ma Dolores taught translation -subject and literary analysis. They all emphasized the quality of the teaching, the attention given to the students, and the good atmosphere in the "Hispanic family".

The third round table centered on the department today and tomorrow, academic perspectives for the future. In a strongly intercultural context, the university seeks new proposals and, without leaving the most traditional formation, it creates a transverse "linguistic pole" which touches all the departments. In this area, María Romero Ballaltas, currently works as a language faculty member.

The three round tables were alternated with musical and artistic pieces, of different styles and cultural backgrounds, performed by teachers and students who showed talent, creativity, and dynamism.


The atmosphere of this anniversary celebration perfectly exemplified the theme of the Catholic University today: L'esprit grand ouvert sur le monde. At the end of the academic part, the party continued with a Spanish wine and with grateful memories.

Toña Somoano, from París



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