Our Patroness

OUR HEAVENLY PATRONESS
St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) a Spanish Mystic, Roman Catholic Saint and Carmelite Nun was a woman of indomitable spirit who achieved greatness in all spheres of her life at the time when women had hardly any opportunities. She lived in an age of explora tion as well as political, social, and religious upheaval and evolved as a powerful personality, pioneer feminist and literary figure who made a great contribution to the humanity.

St. Teresa is widely known as an accomplished writer, teacher and reformer. Having attained the highest degree of experience of God, she could authoritatively teach about prayer and mystical theology. She interpreted prayer, and deep contemplation as a loving friendship with God. St. Teresa’s books on spirituality are considered to be classics by all those who are in the quest of God and she is the first woman doctor of the Church for her distinctive contribution to Christian mysticism. Despite the social conventions of her time that clipped the wings of women, St. Teresa emerged as a pivotal figure of her generation, the founder who originated the Carmelite Reform. She is said to have been holy without ceasing to be human.

Following the spiritual path tread by St. Teresa even 500 years ago, as an influential woman leader and teacher, the sisters of the Congregation of Teresian Carmelites (CTC) had a long lasting vision of establishing an educational institution under her patronage in Raigarh. Thus, Shalini Convent School named after St. Teresa of Avila was established in Raigarh with an aim of continuing her rich legacy of women empowerment and integral education, catering to the educational needs of the locality with a preferential option for the less privileged. Having inspired by her multi dimensional personality, Shalinites uphold a holistic

approach to education whereby the spiritual, psychological, intellectual, physical and social dimension of the child is taken care in the process of transforming him/her as a society’s asset. St. Teresa’s most popular poem “God alone is enough” continues to inspire the Shalinites in their journey towards transformation.

“Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.”

- Saint Teresa of Avila