Our sisters came to Puerto Rico to the Diocese of Caguas, to the community of Fajardo on April 10, 1979 with the availability and enthusiasm of every missionary sisters Francisca Paniagua, María Dolores Alegre Vidal and María Ascensión García Gómez assume to start this beautiful the task that the Congregation has entrusted to it, with the grace of God and all the sacrifices that a new foundation entails, are left in the hands of God so that he may act according to his will in everything that is entrusted there to him by the Diocese with the objective to extend our Charism and mission in this beautiful island.
They were the beginnings of great dedication in the pastoral work of the community of Fajardo collaborating and organizing the catechesis, accompanying in the celebrations of the different communities and providing the service of educating in the faith the Santiago Apóstol school in the classes of Religion. Ten years full of efforts, like all fields of work with their lights and shadows, joys and sufferings, but with the hope that the congregation would be present in Puerto Rico.
In July of 1989 the General Government of Common agreement with the government of the Delegation of Santo Domingo decided to withdraw the community of Fajardo, closing the Mission that the Congregation carried out in the Parish of Santiago Apóstol, and moved to the community of Loíza thus continuing our desire to remain in these borinqueñas lands in order to continue extending and consolidating the Kingdom of God.
Hogares Teresa Toda was founded in 1993 by the Congregation of Carmelite Sisters Teresas de San José, Inc. of Barcelona, Spain. The original residence accommodates up to 14 girls. As part of a training project in 2002, the construction of new facilities was started, including houses with two identical dormitory units with 14 private rooms in each unit for young people between 13 and 17 years old. A third unit in the same building serves to accommodate young adults in unconnected life. The Teresiano Polytechnic opened its doors in 2005 as a center for education and comprehensive community training. The Polytechnic programs serve vulnerable populations by offering academic and vocational development tools for at-risk youth, school dropouts, economically disadvantaged women, families at risk of dispersion and prevention of substance use among minors.
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