Gregoria Ruiz Alegarbes (1957, Santa Barbara, Iloilo, Philippines) was elected president of the Teresian Association on Sunday 13 August for a period of five years.
She is the seventh president of this International Association of the Faithful and succeeds Maite Uribe Bilbao. Her election took place at the 19th General Assembly held in Santa María de Los Negrales, Madrid, in a session in the presence of Bishop Ginés García Beltrán of Getafe as representative of the Church.
Gregoria Ruiz holds a PhD in Sociology and a degree in Biology. She has been a member of the Association for more than four decades and has lived in the Philippines, India and Italy. She has carried out several mission activities in the field of education in projects in Honavar (India) and at Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro (Philippines). She has also held positions of responsibility in the Teresian Association in Asia and, in the period 2018-2023, she was a member of the General Council. She is the first Teresian Association president who is not a Spanish national.
In a brief speech, Gregoria Ruiz said that she accepts this position as a new call in her journey of faith and stressed her confidence in the Association and in the shared responsibility of each of its members.
Bishop Ginés García Beltrán, congratulated the new president and made reference to his years as bishop of Guadix. His advice for Gregoria Ruiz was to listen to the Spirit as Pedro Poveda had done and to be very much in tune with what is going on in the Church today. It is a time of listening and outreach, as Pope Francis asks.
Tomorrow the assembly members will elect the six members of the new general council. The 19th Assembly will conclude on 15 August.
TA Translation Team.