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St. Thérèse of Lisieux


Biography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux


St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Born 2 January 1873
Alençon, France
Died 30 September 1897 (aged 24)
Lisieux, France
Venerated in Catholic Church
Beatified 29 April 1923 by Pope Pius XI
Canonized 17 May 1925 by Pope Pius XI
Major shrine Basilica of St. Thérèse in Lisieux, France
Feast 1 October, 3 October in General Roman Calendar 1927–1969
Attributes flowers
Patronage AIDS sufferers; aviators; bodily ills; florists; illness; loss of parents; missionaries; tuberculosis; CatholicTV; Australia; France; Russia; Kisumu, Kenya; Witbank, South Africa; Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.; Fairbanks, Alaska, U.S.; Juneau, Alaska, U.S.; Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.; Fresno, California, U.S.; Pueblo, Colorado, U.S.; Massachusetts (U.S.); Lansdale Catholic High School, Lansdale, Pennsylvania, U.S.; Theresetta Catholic School, Castor, Alberta, Canada

St. Thérèse of Lisieux


Thérèse of Lisieux (2 January 1873 – 30 September, 1897), or Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, born Marie-Françoise-Thérèse Martin, was a French Carmelite nun. She is also known as "The Little Flower of Jesus"
She felt an early call to religious life and overcoming various obstacles became a nun at 15. After nine years as a Carmelite religious, the last two spent in a night of faith, she died of tuberculosis at the age of 24. The impact of her posthumous publications, including her memoir The Story of a Soul, made her one of the greatest saints of the 20th century. Pope Pius XI called her the star of his pontificate; she was beatified in 1923, canonised in 1925, declared co-patron of the missions with Francis Xavier in 1927, and named co-patroness of France with St. Joan of Arc in 1944. Devotion to Saint Thérèse has developed around the world.

The depth and novelty of her spirituality, called the way of confidence and love, has inspired many believers (see Devotees of St. Thérèse). In 1997 Pope John Paul II made her the 33rd Doctor of the Church, recognising her exemplary writings, and life. She was the only saint he named a Doctor of the Church in his long pontificate, and she is the Church's youngest doctor. The Basilica of Lisieux is the second greatest place of pilgrimage in France after Lourdes.