The cause for Louis Martin was opened in the diocese of Bayeux on March 22, 1957, and the cause for Zelie Guerin Martin was opened in the diocese of Sees on October 10, 1957, both during the papacy of Pius XII.Their last surviving daughter, Celine (Sister Genevieve of the Holy Face) had the joy of testifying about them before she died in 1959.But Pope Paul VI made two important contributions to the cause. It was he who, with the the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints, approved the writings of the Servants of God, Louis and Zelie Martin. And in 1971, for the first time in the history of the Church, Paul VI, finding that they became holy as spouses, ordered that the two causes be united into one single cause.He laid the foundation for their being beatified together in 2008 and for the possibility of their being named saints as a couple. (An Italian couple, Blessed Luigi Beltrame Quattrocchi and Blessed Maria Corsini, were beatified in 2001.Their cause, however, was introduced only in 1994, long after Paul VI united the causes of Louis and Zelie Martin).
How marvelous that he will be named blessed on the anniversary of the beatification of this blessed couple.
Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, the Parents of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
The lives of Saints Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux; their spirituality; the life of their family; their beatification in 2008 and canonization in 2015; what we can learn from them today. Articles, homilies, conferences, photo galleries. A unique photo show to celebrate the visit of their relics to Ireland in 2018.