St. Teresa’s Fifth Centenary Celebration, STJ500 Western U.S., Aug. 21-23

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Reno, NV (June 18, 2014) -This year marks the 500th year since the birth of Saint Teresa of Avila — reformer of the Discalced Carmelite Order, Roman Catholic saint and first woman Doctor of the Church.

In commemoration of this fifth centenary, the Discalced Carmelite Family of the Western U.S. invites the public to attend The Creative Spiritual Genius of St. Teresa of Avila Today, taking place in San Jose, Calif., August 21 through 23.

This three-day celebration will feature presentations by each branch of the Discalced Carmelite Order (Nuns, Friars, Seculars, Affiliates), a banquet, a special Eucharistic celebration and three world premieres: A concert, which will include an opera scene composed and performed by world-renowned Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick; and two virtual choirs comprised of members of the Discalced Carmelite Order from around the world.

Located in downtown San José, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph will be the setting for an evening concert in the Spirit of St. Teresa and a Eucharistic celebration where we gather in gratitude to God for the gift of her life and charism. At the Fairmont San José (across the street), original and multi-faceted presentations by each branch of the Discalced Carmelite Order will reflect the living spirit of St. Teresa embodied in our world today.

For further information, and to register for the San Jose event, please visit