By Christina Hermoso
Feast masses, novenas, processions, and other commemorative rites will be held in many parts of the country on Tuesday, October 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, festivities in honor of the popular Spanish nun will be held in Casay, Antique; San Vicente, Baao, Camarines Sur; and in Loctugan, Roxas City.
In Talisay City, Cebu, the “Inasal/Halad” Festival in honor of their revered patroness will be held. The celebration will feature a trade fair, variety shows, civic parades, contests, street dancing, and a food festival.
Born 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.