CANONISATION OF BLESSED LOUIS AND ZELIE MARTIN
Next Sunday in Rome, Pope Francis will canonise Blessed Louis Martin and Blessed Zélie Martin, Parents of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. This is the first time in the Church’s history when a married couple have been canonised together and it is fitting that this will happen during the Synod on the Family in Rome.
Louis was a watchmaker by trade and Zélie ran a successful lace-making business. They had nine children, but three of them died in infancy and one other daughter died at the age of five. The five remaining daughters all entered religious life; the youngest being St. Thérèse. Another daughter, Léonie, is also on the path to being declared a saint. Zélie died at aged 45 from breast cancer, when Thérèse was only 4 years old. Louis died at the age of 70 after several years of suffering two strokes, partial paralysis and ever-deteriorating mental health.
To celebrate the canonisation of this great couple we will hold a time of prayer and Veneration of a First Class Relic of these new saints on Sunday 18th October in the Cathedral from 3 pm. All are welcome.