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Sister Teresa Maya: Building a Common Home

Episode 56 of Messy Jesus Business podcast, with Sister Julia Walsh.

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“Community extends beyond just a group I belong to… we need to extend that belonging to fellow human beings, no matter who they are.”
–Teré Maya


In this episode of Messy Jesus Business, Sister Julia Walsh gets into the mess of community with Sister Teresa Maya. She and Julia discuss the ways that embracing the messiness of life and the Church sometimes means doing awkward things, like going to mass in a language you don’t speak. Teresa also delves into the idea of encuentro–what happens when we come together and how it’s bigger than any of us when we’re separate. Later, Teresa speaks about her life as a historian, and how history can recover what we’ve lost in the pursuit of perfection. Other covered topics include how religious life is not going to look like it has in the past, how diversity can enrich spiritual life, and how discipleship is like dance.


Sister Teresa Maya is a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio since 1994. Her education ministry has spanned several decades: she has served as teacher, history professor, administrator, and speaker. She has passion for formation of ministers for Hispanics/Latinas/os in the United States. She has a commitment to life-long learning and a strong conviction in the future of consecrated life. Sister Teresa got her B.A. at Yale University, her M.A. at the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley and the Ph.D. in El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City. She served fourteen years in the leadership of her religious institute and on the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) presidency from 2016-19. She currently accompanies other religious congregations as facilitator and consultant.

Teresa’s recent Advent video for Catholic Women Preach: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y6nzYRSowM

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