Mª Josefa Grosso Sánchez

Mª Josefa Grosso

Also known as Pepa Grosso, she is born in Seville in 1899, where she spends her childhood and youth until she receives her Education degree to teach Elementary School.

She begins her teaching career in Jerez de la Frontera in 1918. After a short leave of absence from her work, she teaches Pedagogy at the Teachers’ College in Córdoba and some years later she teaches at “María Díaz Jiménez” Teachers’ College in Madrid, where she stays till her retirement.

Throughout her life she combined her efficient professional work with preparing young female teachers to teach in Córdoba, Seville and Madrid.

Since her youth she collaborated very effectively with the Work of the Teresian Academies, which were an educational project of Pedro Poveda. There she found a response to her deep interests regarding knowledge, faith, study, and the formation of youth. Without a doubt, this is a reason for her to give the Teresian Association her best energies.

At different moments in her life she started and directed the Academies and Boarding Schools of Córdoba, Seville and Madrid. She fostered the Alumnae Association, which she presided over since 1928.

Poveda found an excellent and enthusiastic collaborator for the enormous task of the Teresian Work in those first years. From her position of General Secretary and member of the Board of Director between the years 1928 and 1958, Pepa Grosso contributed to the enrichment and development of the Povedan project.

Thus, it is understandable that she suffered an indescribable pain being Directress of the center at Alameda nº 7 and witnessing powerlessly the detention of Pedro Poveda the morning of July 27, 1936

Her passionate attention to the social and cultural ups and downs of her time was directed to the world of publications and books in all its aspects. Wherever she went she left her mark, particularly in the libraries where she tireless looked for new books.

For many years -1932-1958- she directed and fostered the “Boletín de la Institución Teresiana,” later called “Revista.” She also assumed the direction of TA Publications, to which she also contributed by writing the biography of Victoria Díez, a Teresian teacher, martyr for the faith, and her former student. The biography was titled “I See Heaven Open” and it had two editions, one in 1939 and the other in 1957.

Her long life, always dedicated to the formation of young university students, had its climax in the library of the “Colegio Mayor Padre Poveda” in Madrid where she devoted her care and attention during her last productive years.

She died in her native Seville in 1982.

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