GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala.
A Seminar organized by the Socio-Educational group of the Teresian Association in America, Educating in Difficult Times, was held in Guatemala City, from October 8-11. Among the participants were: twenty representatives from ten countries of the Americas, members of the SEP Commission, members of InteRed, of IEPS, and of the Critical Edition of the writings of Pedro Poveda. Josefina Espaillat writes about the experience.
SANTIAGO DE CHILE, Chile.
The American and Caribbean Congress on Theology and Spirituality, Saint Teresa: mysticism and prophecy, was held in Santiago, Chile, on September 4-5, 2015. One hundred and fifty people from different countries participated. The papers, songs, and dance were a sharing of life and experiences. The Congress was held at the gymnasium of the Teresian School while the school was in session. Leonor Araujo writes a vivid testimony about the event. Links to access the various presentations and videos are included in this article.
On the last day of July, the “Teresa and Interreligious Dialogue" International Award was awarded to Brazilian Professor Lúcia Pedrosa-Padua. Shewill receive 6,000 € and a commemorative plaque. The title of her work is: “Santa Teresa de Jesus: contribuições ao diálogo inter-religioso e interfaces com o hinduísmo moderno, através da Yoga de Swami Sri Yukteswar e de Paramahansa Yogananda”.
On June 23, the Dominam Commendatariam medal of the Order of St. Gregory the Great was awarded to Mª Encarnación González. This is a papal recognition, "a special honor given to men and women in recognition of their personal service to the Holy See and the Roman Catholic Church." María Encarnación González Rodríguez has received this distinction in recognition of her twelve years of service as Director of the Office for the Causes of the Saints of the Spanish Episcopal Conference.
The Indian Kurta Project for solidarity clothing has been registered as a non-profit organization and legalized business in Spain and Europe. The aim is to increase the sale of products and thus develop the project that started in India in 2008 to respond to the need for training, development and empowerment of rural women in Honavar coastal area, in the Southern state of Karnataka.
MIAMI, United States
Maria Mercedes Mesa presents her first novel in Miami. Since leaving Cuba in 1965, Maria de las Mercedes Mesa has dreamed of writing a novel “to share the wealth of experience that I bring with me." Finally, she has succeeded. On May 2 she presented a novel of 482 pages entitled: “Un ingenio cubano: historias amores y sueño” (A Cuban sugar mill: loves, and dreams).
HOLY SEE, Italy.
Cardinal Stanisław Ryłko, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, spoke about Angeles Galino on the first anniversary of her death, on March 8. The note has been published by the website of the Pontifical Council for the Laity.