Prayer and Life Workshops

Founded in Chile


Here is the description of the Prayer and Life Workshops which appears in the Directory of International Associations of the Faithful, published by the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

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Official name: Prayer and Life Workshops

Acronym: TOV (Talleres de Oración y Vida)

Established: 1984

History: TOV was founded in Santiago, Chile, by Father Ignacio Larrañaga, a Basque Capuchin Franciscan, who saw the lack of a methodological approach to prayer in various ecclesial communities and felt the need to lead the faithful toward a personal relationship with God.

His experience with the first group of lay people in Santiago prompted the founder to devote himself to the training of leaders (guides) of different nationalities, to set in motion "prayer workshops" in different countries.

In 1987, the first international congress adopted a "Prayer and Life Manual" that had been drafted by the guides from 15 countries. TOV spread rapidly and, in 1993, 32 "consolidation weeks" were held in the places in which it was present, to deepen the charism of the association.

In 1994, at the second international congress the final version of the manual was presented and a new international governance structure was adopted.

On Oct. 4, 1997, the Pontifical Council for the Laity decreed recognition of Talleres de Oración y Vida as an international association of the faithful of pontifical right.

Identity: TOVs provide a service to the Church by supplying a practical method for learning to pray in an orderly, varied and gradual manner, from the first steps to the depths of contemplation.

The members are introduced to the prayer life, and helped to combine prayer with engagement in ordinary temporal activities; to revive their awareness of their status and dignity as baptized Christians, and their responsibilities toward the mission of the Church in the world; to become hothouses of lay vocations to the apostolate and service of the Church in the dioceses and parishes.

The initial formation of the members lasts for a year, and is designed to introduce them to the history, charism and life of the association, and to learn different forms of prayer. After the members have been sent out on mission, updating is provided in monthly meetings to deepen the Word of God, the significance of the sacramental life and the magisterium of the Church.

Organization: The TOV's organs of government are the International Coordination, Zonal Coordinations (covering several countries), National Coordinations, and Local Coordinations (covering several towns in the same country).

Every coordination comprises a coordinator, a secretary and a treasurer assisted, in the case of the national and local coordinations, by a formator and a coordinator for young people. The Prayer and Life Workshops are each headed by one or two guides.

Membership: TOV has 15,025 active members, and is present in 36 countries around the world. More than 2,500 people have links with it.

Publications: Espíritu y Vida, a six-monthly magazine

Web site: www.tovpil.org


Talleres de Oración y Vida
Apartado Postal 22
Administración de correos Chuburna
C.P. 97201 Mérida
Yucatan — Mexico

Tel. (52) 999.948.0222 — Fax 999.944.8733

E-mail: c.internacional@tovpil.org — tovcano@prodigy.net.mx

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