Mass presided by the bishop of the diocese concluded a year of celebrations for the one hundred years of presence of the TA in Cordoba, Spain.
2022 has been a year of celebrations for the Teresian Association in Cordoba. One hundred years of life have passed since Pedro Poveda arrived in the city to open a Saint Teresa’s Academy in the newly acquired house in the Plaza de la Concha. On 1 December, the celebrations closed with Mass in the Mosque-Cathedral, presided by the bishop, Demetrio Fernandez, and a group of priests who are friends of the Association.
The celebration was attended by members of the Association, collaborators, friends and members of the educational community of the TA school in this city. Manuel Vega, president of the ACIT Association of Western Andalusia-Extremadura, read the opening monition. María del Carmen Aragonés, director of the TA sector in Spain, said a few words of thanksgiving. Both spoke about the life of the Association in Cordoba one hundred years after its arrival in the city, and expressed their gratitude for the evangelising mission of its members and of people inspired by its charism.
A variety of activities
The commemoration of the centenary began on 22 February with a lecture by historian María Asunción Ortiz. From that point on, activities of different types and in different parts of the city were organised by the ad hoc committee.
In April, a panel discussion on Poveda’s family values took place, with the participation of parents of students from the TA school in this city.
In October, Professor Carmen Azaústre presented the mission of the Teresian Association today with the conference: “Every day, at all times, the Teresian Association in the 21st century”.
Music was also present in the celebration events, with a flamenco guitar concert in May, in the beautiful setting of the courtyard of the Plaza de la Concha, by the maestro Alejandro Hurtado, and two concerts in September, by the singer-songwriter Elia Fleta.
Victoria and Guadix
The Córdoba centenary could not fail to evoke Victoria Díez, “a reference yesterday and today”, as stated in the title of the conference that Carmen Fernández Aguinaco, Victoria's biographer, shared with a large group of people gathered in the Plaza de la Concha in June.
Furthermore, on 10 November, Francisco J. Orozco, current bishop of Guadix who had gone there as a priest from the diocese of Cordoba, gave a documented and entertaining lecture on “San Pedro Poveda and Guadix”s. María Rita Martín and María Dolores Peralta, members of the TA Council, were present.
Exhibition and gesture of solidarity
During December and January, the exhibition entitled “A century of history: from the Santa Teresa de Córdoba Academy to the Bética-Mudarra School” can be visited at the school. Through panels, it shows some characteristic of each of the ten decades of the centenary, with a phrase by Pedro Poveda. Students were involved in the preparation of the material that makes up the exhibition, and interviewed people who have been part of the educational community at different times.
The centenary also provided opportunities throughout the year for the publication of articles in the Cordovan press written by members of the Association and also by people linked to its centres and projects.
Last but not least, as part of the commemoration, the organising committee invited everyone to take part in a gesture of solidarity in aid of the Cordoba diocesan Caritas. The collection from the Mass on 1 December was also earmarked for this purpose.
Estrella Sendra Gutiérrez, Córdoba.
TA Translations Team.