Parents of St. Therese to be declared blessed in 2008

Dear friends of St. Therese,

I have the joy of sharing with you the news that Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, Prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of Saints, announced that Louis Martin and Zelie Guerin, St. Therese's parents, will be beatified later this year.  The Cardinal announced this in an interview to be published on Wednesday, January 8, in the daily Italian edition of L'Osservatore Romano.  Please see a short story about this news in English at

Let's rejoice with St. Therese, who wrote "God gave me a father and a mother more worthy of Heaven than of earth." 

For a communication from the Order of Discalced Carmelites about this news, dated January 31, please see