Feast masses, novenas, and special prayer services will be offered Friday, Oct. 15, in celebration of the Feast of Santa Teresa of Avila, the first woman Doctor of the Church, and one of the most popular saints of the Catholic faith.
In the country, holy masses in honor of the popular Spanish nun are traditionally offered in Casay, Antique; San Vicente, Baao, Camarines Sur; and in Loctugan, Roxas City.
At the Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Teresa of Avila in Talisay, Cebu, a Pontifical Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Oct.15, by Cebu Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Emilio L. Bataclan in commemoration of the 185th parish fiesta. Holy masses will also be offered at 5 a.m., 6:30 a.m., 8 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p..m, 5:30 p.m. and at 7 p.m.
Born Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada in Avila, Spain on March 28, 1515, St. Teresa was a well-loved contemplative saint, mystic, writer, reformer, and theologian. She founded the Discalced Carmelites, and together with St. John of the Cross, the Discalced Carmelite Friars.
She wrote the Counter Reformation as well as several spiritual classics such as the “Life,” “Way of Perfection,” and the “Interior Castle.”
She died in 1582 and was canonized by Pope Gregory XV on March 12, 1622. In 1970, St. Teresa was declared as the first woman Doctor of the Universal Church by Pope Paul VI on Sept. 27, 1970.