Beyond Teresa: Explorations of Spirituality after Teresa Avila
This day course explores the shape of Carmelite reform after St Teresa of Avila (1515–1582) and the impact of her reforms on the wider Christian world, both in Europe and globally.
Following the international celebration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of St Teresa of Avila (1515 – 1582), a number of questions remained regarding the nature of Carmelite reform ‘after Teresa’. This study day arises as a response to these questions and aims to address central issues of the ‘post-Teresian’ world from a multidisciplinary perspective. In particular key questions to be addressed include:
- What shape did Carmelite reform take both within and beyond the specifically ‘Teresian’ Carmelites?
- How unique was Teresa’s reform and how did it relate to the wider Carmelite reform?
- What shape did Carmelite reform take in the New World?
- What were the effects of the Carmelite reform on art, music and literature?
- Which other sisters became leading lights (‘second’/‘other’ Teresas)?
- How can Teresa’s reform contribute to the contemporary renewal of religious life, and the formulation of a contemporary theology of its meaning and praxis?
The day will be led by an interdisciplinary team of cultural and church historians, theologians, psychologists and specialists in Christian spirituality, feminist theory and material culture. Although primarily focussed on the European context, the day will extend to consider Carmelite interactions beyond Europe in the New World, especially of the Spanish and Portuguese colonial worlds of South America and Southern Asia.
10.00am St Teresa and the letters of St Jerome: A formative reading?
Sr Jo Robson O.C.D.
11.45am The origins and development of Formation Manuals in Carmelite Reform
Dr Kevin Alban O.Carm.
2.00pm Teresa of Avila and the Afro-Brazilian Mysticism of Rosa Maria, the Black Egyptian
Dr Joana Serrado
3.45pm Teresa of Avila, Mindfulness and Oración Mental
Prof. Peter Tyler
5.00pm Course disperses
St Teresa of Avila, The Book of the Life and The Way of Perfection (several editions available)
Tuition (includes tea/coffee): £67.00
Baguette lunch: £4.90
Full lunch: £14.00
Visiting Lecturer Blackfriars, Oxford
Member of the community, Carmelite Monastery
Integrated Researcher at The Institute of Philosophy, University of Poto
SpeakerPeter Tyler is Professor in Pastoral Theology at St Marys University College, Twickenham.
Director of Studies
The Revd. Canon Robin Gibbons is Director of Studies for Theology and Religious Studies at OUDCE. He is a member of the Theology and Religion Faculty, Regents Park College and an Honoraray Canon of Christ Church Oxford.
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