Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin to be first spouses canonized as a couple in October 2015

Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, who are to be named saints in October 2015

Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, who are to be named saints in October 2015

Cardinal Amato announces that Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, the first spouses in the history of the Church to be declared saints as a couple, will be canonized in October 2015

March 3, 2015. reported today that Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, has announced that Louis and Zelie Martin will be canonized during the Synod on the Family, which will take place in Rome in October 2015.  No date was reported.  The cardinal spoke during a meeting organized by the Libreria Editrice Vaticana (LEV) to emphasize how important sanctity in the family is.  "Thanks be to God, in October two spouses, the parents of Saint Therese of Lisieux, will be canonized.  Saints are not only priests and nuns, but also lay people," the Cardinal said. Please see Zenit's article announcing the canonization of Louis and Zelie Martin. See also Nicholas Seneze's article in La Croixwhich states that Cardinal Amato made the announcement on Friday, February 27, and that the recognition of the miracle for Louis and Zelie's canonization has not yet been officially announced by the Vatican.

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Listen to a "Carmelite Conversation" about Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin on radio with guest Maureen O'Riordan and host Frances Harry - February 23, 2015

On Monday, February 23, 2015, I had the pleasure of talking with host Frances Harry about the lives of Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese, on the radio show "Carmelite Conversations."  Among the topics we explored:

  • Why are people drawn to Louis and Zelie Martin today?
  • What can we learn from them?
  • What were they like as spouses, parents, business owners?
  • What challenges did their family face?

Please listen to this conversation, titled "Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the Parents of St. Therese of Lisieux: Witnesses of Hope," online.  Please let me know whether it's useful to you.  Thank you.