She was born in Isnello (Italy) in 1941. She held a degree in Mathematics and was Principal of Rosano High School. A member of the Teresian Association since 1964, she died in 1986. Her Beatification process was started by the Diocese of Cefalù (Italy) on March 29, 2009

Victoria was a public school teacher.  She taught for a year in Cheles, Badajoz, and then in a rural area in the province of Córdoba, both schools were very poor with many students and  scarce resources.

María Josefa Segovia Morón, first President of the Teresian Association, was born in Jaén, Spain, on October 10, 1891. She died in Madrid on March 29, 1957. 

Saint Pedro Poveda Castroverde, a humanist and educator, as UNESCO recognized him in the centenary of his birth, lived the concerns of the great crisis of values and ways of life of the early twentieth century. He founded the Teresian Association.


 catedrasPedro Poveda (T.A. History), Pedro Poveda (UPSA), Josefa Segovia (CiTes)



This space of Pedro Poveda Chair of History of the Teresian Association is aimed at making available those things we consider very important to learn about the history of this centenary Association and its contexts.

The Pedro Poveda Chair (PPC) was created on July 28, 2000 through an agreement between the Pontifical University of Salamanca (UPSA) and the Teresian Association (TA). Both institutions subsidize it as well as promote and co-direct the activities associated with it. It is linked to the Department of Theology of the UPSA in Salamanca but the activities may take place at other campuses of this University in Madrid and other Spanish cities. 

Josefa Segovia Chair at CITeS - University of Mysticism, Ávila, Spain, started its activity in Novermber, 2010. The creation of Josefa Segovia Chair: Lay Mysticism and Spirituality coincides in time with the preparation of the Teresian Association for the celebration of its first centenary (1911-2011). The Chair seeks to generate and sustain networks of lay people and groups that are willing to enter the "inner castle" and be salt in the pluralistic and secularized societies in which we live.


The Council for Culture of the Teresian Association assumes the specific responsibility assigned to the entire People of God by Vatican II to "hear, to discern and interpret the signs of the times" (GS, 44a) in each historical moment."

 Castroverde Foundation and Foundación Institución Teresiana (sponsor of this website)

"Educating in Difficult Times": The Socio-educational Proposal of the Teresian Association in Latin America is the result of a process born out of the needs felt by the different schools and Social Projects of the Teresian Association in Latin America, in 1998.

The Teresian Association was created with the aim of training public school teachers. It is committed to a quality and humanizing public education that guarantees the right to education of all people.

University Centers

"With the spirit, I place knowledge and I consider that both knowledge and faith constitute the essence of the Association." Saint Pedro Poveda.

In addition to being present at Universities and managing University Chairs, the Teresian Association coordinates the educational projects of several residences for College and graduate students, faithful to its long history that began in 1911.

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