St. Therese of Lisieux

The Life of St Thérèse 1873-1897

St Th̩r̬se of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, Patroness of all Missionaries andtherese age 3 the Missions, Patroness of France and Doctor of the Church was born in Alen̤on on 2 January 1873 the last of nine children born to Louis and Z̩lie Martin. She was christened Marie-Fran̤oise-Th̩r̬se. Four of the children died before Th̩r̬se was born РJoseph Louis, Joseph-Jean-Baptiste and M̩lanie-Th̩r̬se died in infancy and H̩l̬ne died when she was five. Th̩r̬se and three of her surviving sisters Marie, Pauline and C̩line became Carmelite nuns in Lisieux in Normandy a geographical region in the north-west of France. Her fourth sister L̩onie entered the Visitantine Convent in Caen also in Normandy.

Her parents Louis and Zélie were beatified in 2008. They will be canonised in October 2015. The Cause of the Beatification and Canonisation of her sister Léonie – the Servant of God Sr Françoise-Thérèse was announced by the Bishop of Bayeux and Lisieux on 2 July 2015.   read more…