Theresians International - FAQs
What is Theresians International and how large is the organization?
Theresians International is a Catholic organization open to all Christian women. Membership appeals to women of all ages – single, married, and vowed religious. There are more than 1,800 women in 140 small-faith communities in eight countries around the world: Australia, Canada, Ghana, Haiti, Mexico, Philippines, Thailand, and the USA.
What is so unique about this organization?
The unique feature of this organization is the combination of the Five Dimensions: Spirituality, Education, Community, Vocation, and Ministry. It is a women’s organization led by women.
Why is being in a small faith community important to Christian women today?
Theresians believe that when Christian women bond together for the support and growth of one another, they have tremendous influence for good at home, in church, and in society.
How large is the average Theresian community?
Theresian communities vary in size from 15-25 members.
What can Theresians offer a Christian woman?
The Theresian organization strives to offer a balanced, Christian opportunity for the progressive, contemporary woman; therefore, many areas for her growth, enrichment, and awareness are made available to her. Monthly meetings, regional Days of Prayer, National and International Gatherings offer spiritual, educational and community experiences.
Do Theresians pay membership dues?
Yes, annual Covenant Commitment & Membership Dues are $100. Membership Dues contribute to the financial support of the Theresian ministry. Additionally, the Theresian Annual Fund and an annual distribution from the Theresian Foundation make up the annual budget of TI.
Does Theresians International have a newsletter?
The USA National Leadership Team of Theresians publish Dimension Connections e newsletter twice a year. Theresians International publishes the International Dimensions magazine once each year.
Is there a guide for women who would like to start a new community?
A Formation Guide and Mentors help prepare all new Theresian communities. Formation of a new community involves 18 months of preparation and community bonding. At the end of the 18 months, the new community is recommended for Chartering. It is at this time that they become full members of the Theresian family.
How does Theresians International maintain its network of world communities?
The international network is maintained through its membership, the Theresians International Board of Directors, and through the Theresians International Office. There are various levels of leadership that make up the network of Theresians.