Note: Maureen will also present three conferences at a retreat day about St. Therese and Sts. Louis and Zelie the day before the above event, on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the monastery of the Discalced Carmelite nuns in Santa Clara. Details here.
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. Zenit.org 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 Croix, which 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.
The Web site of the Shrine at Alencon, which receives pilgrims who visit the Martin family home at Alencon (the town where Louis and Zelie lived together; it was only after Zelie's death that the family moved to Lisieux).
The Web site of the Shrine at Lisieux. Louis and Zelie were beatified in the Basilica dedicated to their daughter at Lisieux in 2008, and the Shrine at Lisieux promoted their cause.
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?
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.