The Society of St. Teresa of Jesus, more commonly known as the Teresian Sisters, is a religious order of nuns whose patron saint is Teresa of Avila. The Teresian Sisters are in charge of schools, retreat houses, community development programs and other ministries a local bishop assigns.
The Teresian Sisters Convent in Covington celebrated the annual Family Day on Sunday, Oct. 5. This day long event has taken place for the past 20 years at the home of the Covington order of Teresian Sisters.
Although the event center does have an indoor chapel, due to the large number of attendees Mass took place at the outdoor chapel.
“The weather was perfect for the service. We couldn’t have asked for a better day to celebrate Mass outside. The band was also phenomenal; it was a great morning,” Rebecca Franzo, attendee of the event, said.
Lunch was served after Mass. All of the food was provided by Copeland’s, Café Rani and Winn-Dixie. St. Scholastica Academy baked desserts to donate to the event as well.
Outside, volunteers led games like sack races and volleyball for the children in attendance. There was a 50/50 raffle and also a gift shop where donated items were sold from the community. All of the proceeds went to the Teresian Sisters Convent in Covington.
“I’m a kindergarten teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes. I ended up being able to find a bunch of little gifts in the gift shop for my kids. They had a lot of great finds today,” Rosaleen Donohoe, attendee of the event, said.
Teresian Sister, Sister Dolores Espinoza, joined the order 55 years ago in San Antonia, Texas. She then moved to Lousiana and joined the order in Covington. Since moving, she has put on numerous retreats at the Teresian retreat center, has taught at Our Lady of Lourdes school and has took part of two mission trips to the Philippines.
“Today was a great day. We had so much help from local community members and also seminarians from the abbey. I have been attending these family days each year and always have a nice time. We’re still learning how to publicize better each year, so hopefully it will continue to grow,” Sister Dolores Espinoza, said.
For advertising, the Sisters created a flyer that was sent to various Catholic schools in the surrounding area and also to local churches. They do not use social media.
“We want to thank all of those in the community that came and donated to our order. We are so grateful for the love and support we received,” Sister Dolores Espinoza, said.