To celebrate 100 years of Carmelite presence, the relics of St. Therese of Lisieux arrive in Peru

As part of the celebration of 100 years of the presence of the Order of Discalced Carmelites in Peru, the relics of St. Therese of Lisieux arrived in Peru on August 30, 2011.  They will remain in Peru until November 30, 2011.  This is the first time such an event has happened in Peru, a country with a missionary presence, and will be a time of pilgrimage for most of the country.  The visit of the relics is called “On a mission to Peru.”  The reliquary will embark on a great pilgrimage throughout Peru, visiting communities in the south in September, central Peru in October, and the north country in November.  The reliquary will be received by Carmelite communities and monasteries, the Institutes of Consecrated Life, and parishes in the areas of Abancay, Arequipa, Ayacucho Callao, Carabayllo, Chiclayo, Chimbote, Chosica, Chuquibamba, Cusco, Huacho, Huancayo, Huancavelica, Ica, Lima, Lurin, Piura, Trujillo, Puno, Tacna, Moquegua, and Yauyos.  "With her relics, Teresa is present: her person, her spirituality, her love for the Church, her spiritual message. Through this visit we try to get to know and rediscover the living Gospel of her doctrine, founded on love and trust.”  (adapted from Lima (Agenzia Fides), 8/13/11.

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Please see the national Web site (in Spanish) for the visit of the relics to Peru.