Parents of St. Therese…

by | Feb 22, 2008 | Saint Thérèse's Parents, Saints | 8 comments

… to be beatified in 2008!

Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, Prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Cause of the Saints, has announced that the beatification of the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, Louis Martin and Azelia Guérin, will take place later this year!!!

Above the graves of St. Thérèse’s parents (behind the Basilica in Lisieux) are the words, ‘God gave me a father and mother more worthy of Heaven than of earth.’ These words were written by Thérèse to Abbé Bellière two months before she died.

Tan has published a few books about St. Thérèse’s parents and family that I would love to read:
The Father of the Little Flower: Louis Martin (1823-1894)
The Mother of the Little Flower: Zelie Martin (1831-1877)
The Story of a Family: The Home of St. Therese of Lisieux

Online, you can read about Louis and Zelie here, as well as see the articles regarding their beatification here and here. It’s so exciting!!!!!!


  1. Clare

    Thanks for bringing this to my attention! I have always loved Louis and Zelie Martin, and it’s so wonderful to hear this news.

    I definitely recommend Story of a Family. It’s a beautiful book about such a holy family… I’ve read it several times, and it never fails to inspire me.

  2. Christine

    Thank you for this wonderful news! Louis and Zelie Martin were truly incredible. I second your recommendation of the above books.

  3. Elena LaVictoire

    Well this is wonderful news! I love Zelie Martin!

  4. Jean Heimann

    I had heard this was going to happen soon — thanks for sharing the details and the links with us.

    Thanks, Mamselle Duroc, for the book recommendation.

  5. Jessica Gordon

    Thank you ALL for your comments!!

    I think I am going to order Story of a Family soon, so I can start reading it!!

  6. Ruth

    That’s wonderful, Jessica. Thanks for the links.

  7. Anonymous

    Thank you for making us all aware of this, Jessica. And you have to read “Story of a Family”.

    I’ve often called it the Housewife’s Bible just because it’s such great reading about a Catholic family in their home.

  8. Anonymous

    Dear Jessica,

    Thank you for sharing the news about the parents of St. Therese, and for linking to the splendid Irish Web site. Please visit and let me know what you think of it. Gratefully, Maureen


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