Avila House

“Light up the world and illuminate thy path”


Avila House was named for St Theresa. A woman of great faith, discipline, service, charity, strength and especially courage.

Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)

Also called Saint Teresa of Jesus, baptized as Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada, was a prominent Spanish Mystic, Roman Catholic Saint, Carmelite Nun, Writer of the Counter Reformation and Theologian of Contemplative Life through Mental Prayer. In 1622, forty years after her death, she was canonized by Pope Gregory XV, and in 1970 named a Doctor of the Church by Pope Paul VI.

Symbol & Colour

The dove represents her devotion to God;
The ray of light represents the ecstasy she achieved through prayer and service;
The book represents her role as an educator of the poor and destitute;
The red rose represents her kindness and generosity;
The tambourine represents her passion for life.

Avila House Prayer

Saint Teresa you were known as a “Woman for Others” and a servant of God.

In prayer you said “Lord Christ, you have no hands on earth but ours.”

We pray that our hands may do good for God and our hearts may be one with yours in a life of service



“Light up the world and illuminate thy path”.

St Theresa’s life was illuminated by God and, as a result, her actions and positivity, also illuminated the lives of so many poor, destitute and impoverished people.

The members of Avila House will always be encouraged to do the same for each other and for those less fortunate in the broader community.