The Teresian Association in Kikwit (Democratic Republic of Congo) also had a great celebration on 11 January in thanksgiving for the 100th anniversary of pontifical approval.

The Mass was celebrated in the Victoria Diez Centre and was presided by Bishop Timothée Bodika Mansiyai of Kikwit. It was attended by members, co-workers and friends -- more than 200 people -- as well as representatives of the various religious congregations in this Congolese diocese.

In the introduction to the Mass, Laurentine Lumbundji, a member of the TA, gave a brief history of this association of the faithful and explained its identity and mission.

To address corruption

In his homily, Bishop Bodika spoke of how Pedro Poveda wanted the mission of the Association to be salt and light in the world and that Poveda himself lived his life in that way. The bishop also stressed that the laity have an important place in the Church. The members of the Teresian Association do not have any distinctive sign, but they are totally dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel with their testimony of life. They are like salt that cures as they address the corruption of social life in the DRC, in education, in their reception centre and student residence and all other commitments. They follow the example of Saint Teresa of Avila, from whom the Association takes its name.

After the Mass, a very substantial and well-prepared meal was shared, fruit of the contributions and collaboration of many people close to us.

Since 1964

The Teresian Association has been present in DR Congo since 1964 when it was called Zaire. Throughout these past six decades many people have joined the initial seed, and some of these today accompany the celebrations from heaven. About fifty people are members of the TA in this beautiful and suffering African country.

In addition to individual members working in state posts, hospitals and schools, there are three projects in Kinshasa and the Victoria Diez Centre in Kikwit run by the Teresian Association. They are supported by the NGDO InteRed and other partnerships.

In Kinshasa, the Bana ya Poveda project is dedicated to the education of street children and their reintegration in family and social life; CESEREF is a centre for the care and education of children with cerebral palsy and assistance for their families; the Karibuni Library is a space to encourage reading and provide school support, and training activities in citizenship, leadership, equality, etc. In Kikwit, the Victoria Diez Centre provides a public library and a residence for young women students, as well as training courses for young people and teachers.


Luisa González, Kikwit.
TA Translators Team.




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