Categories: General Date: Sep 27, 2018 Title: Feast of St Therese of Lisieux
On October 1 the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux. St. Therese is one of two patron saints of the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador. She was the patron saint of the former Diocese of Labrador and, upon the amalgamation of that Diocese and the former Diocese of St. George's, it was decided that she would become the principle patron saint of the newly created Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador. This decision was based in large part upon the great devotion to the Little Flower shown by parishioners of both former Dioceses.
St Therese was born on January 2, 1873 in Alencon, France, the youngest of nine children. Her mother died when Therese was just four years old. At the age of 15, she entered the Carmelite convent in Lisieux, and took the religious name of Sister Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. St Therese loved flowers and saw herself as “the little flower of Jesus”, who gave glory to God simply by being her beautiful little self among all the other flowers in God’s garden. She lived and taught a spirituality of doing the ordinary, with extraordinary love. She died on September 30, 1897, at the age of 24. She was canonized by Pope Pius XI on May 17, 1925 and was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church by Pope John Paul II in 1997.
You can read more about her life at the Web page of the Society of the Little Flower or you can watch a short video on YouTube.