WHO ARE THE TERESIAN SISTERS?
We are an international religious community of women dedicated
to prayer, education, and sacrifice. Founded in 1876 by St. Henry de
Osso, the Society bears his mark of ardent love of Christ, zeal for his
interests, and fidelity to the church.
Called and consecrated by God, we offer our lives to Him through vows of
poverty, chastity, and obedience. We live together in community,
committed to loving one another, as witnesses to the world of the Lordís
special presence to those who gather in His name. Sharing in Christ's
sacrifice, we accept the trials and contradictions resulting from our
commitment to extend God's Kingdom on Earth.
Christ is the center of all that we are and do. Like St. Henry, we strive
to belong entirely to Jesus, that everything about us may proclaim, "I
belong to Jesus." This kind of total commitment, the radical giving of
ourselves to God, becomes possible only through the integration of prayer
with every aspect of our lives. We bring our life, its daily routine, all
our concerns, both great and small, to the Lord.
St. Teresa of Avila as our guide, we come to prayer seeking to know
ourselves, to know the Lord, and to deepen our friendship with Him; and we
dare to undertake our ministry only with the aid of prayer. Mornings and
evenings, in union with all the church, we come together to pray the
Liturgy of the Hours. Through daily Eucharist, sharing Scripture with each
other, and both personal and community prayer, we are called to deeper
conversion and are strengthened for ministry.
The goal of all our ministry is to make
Christ known and loved throughout the world. Through education we try to
form Christ in the hearts and minds of those we serve as teachers in the
elementary and secondary schools, and in college; as catechists and
trainers of catechists; as teachers of prayer, leaders for retreats,
prayer groups and youth groups; and in offering opportunities for lay
volunteers to join us in mission work.
Teresian Sisters now serve in 23 countries in Europe, Africa,
Asia, and in the Americas. In the United States, we work in inner city,
suburban, and rural areas of Texas, Florida, and Louisiana. Especially
mindful of the needs of the poor, we are called to go wherever the
interests of Jesus are most in danger, wherever Gods word needs to be