Teresa of Ávila (1515-1582), reformer of the Carmelite order, is the first woman to become doctor of the Church. A key figure in Christianity, she is a sister, a mystic, a woman of letters, a friend of Saint John of the Cross. A woman of… Read more exceptional dynamism, she founded 17 convents in her industrious life. She was canonized in 1612 and became patron saint of Spain in 1627.
Saint Jean-Baptiste de La Salle (1651-1719) is the founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Born into a big family, he soon felt a calling for the priesthood. His intuition: for the good of children, teachers required training. He imagined a seminar for teacher training the first establishment of its kind. In 1950, Pope Pius XII made him the patron saint of all educators.
Born in 1948, Pedro Opeka is an Argentinian of Slovenian origin. As a child, he felt attracted to football but he also felt a burning desire to help others, especially the Indians who endured dreadful poverty. When he became a priest, with his skills as a builder, he was sent to Madagascar where he founded Akamasoa (« good friends » in Madagascan), an association that helped the poor. The priest found land for them and helped them build their homes, developed the resources of the new villages, founded schools… To date, thanks to Akamasoa, 18 villages have been created!
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