|Teresa Merlo would take the name|
"Thecla" after Paul's premier
anxiously in the nave.
Teresa had tried to enter religious life already, but the local communities didn't think she had the health. Did Alberione know of yet another order? Or did his tiny printing school need Teresa's expertise (and access to her fine sewing machine, a gift her parents had made upon her successful completion of the program in far-off Turin), to make clothing for the boy printers?
When Teresa reappeared, her mother wanted to know everything. What did The Theologian have to say? It turns out he had spoken of a new community of sisters, women who for now could only do piecework with their sewing needles, but who would one day run printing presses to spread the Gospel. They would live in community, and make the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. And one day, they would be all over the world. He asked me to take part in this.
"Well?" Mother Merlo asked, prying at the bottom line.
"I said yes."