St Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) was a dynamic and somewhat larger-than-life Spanish nun, a great mystic, an energetic reformer of the Order, a woman who overcame many of the barriers of the patriarchal society of her time, a wise spiritual guide, and the author of works considered among the greatest classics about the spiritual journey.

In 1970 she was made one of the first two women Doctors of the Church. Her message is basically an invitation to enter into the infinite love of God, who is always our faithful friend. Her feast is celebrated 15 October.


Help us Lord God, at all times to act toward others as we would wish them to behave toward us. Help us to make allowances for the strengths and weaknesses of others. We commit ourselves to being just and fair, to being sympathetic and kind. We will not deprive others of their dignity or promise. May Saint Teresa of Avila inspire us to live the values we espouse.

Pat Cronin Foundation

Pat Cronin is a former student of Whitefriars College who passed away after being punched from behind in a coward punch attack. The Pat Cronin Foundation honours Pat by providing an optimistic voice to awareness, education and research about the Coward Punch. Helping people feel empowered to make change through wise decisions. The Vision of the Pat Cronin is of a society free from Coward Punches. Our program informs students about Pat and his story, teaching students to reflect on attitudes and behaviours around anger and aggression. Students will feel empowered to develop their own action plan to ‘Be Wise’ and to never use violence.

Click here to learn more about the work of the Pat Cronin Foundation.