27 Sept 2022

Bishop of Derry Donal McKeown welcomes relics of Saints Therese, Zelie and Louis Martin to St Eugene’s Cathedral today

The Bishop of Derry, Donal McKeown has welcomed the relics of Saints Therese, Zelie and Louis Martin to St Eugene’s Cathedral in Derry today. At 6pm tonight, the relics will leave the Cathedral and make their way to the Carmelite Friary in Termonbacca. Everyone is invited to come along. Commenting, the Bishop said: "The presence of these relics among us today is a unique occasion." "Just as last month we celebrated Joachim and Anne as the parents of Our Lady, so today we welcome back the Saint of the Little Way – and the parents who moulded her heart to love the Lord. The Little Way was the product of a big heart. "Big, loud ideas are not necessarily the product of big hearts. "Therese and her mother lived comparatively short lives. Zelie, the mother of nine children, died of cancer at 45, when Therese was just over four. "Therese herself died at 24. On the other hand, Louis lost his four siblings by the time he was 30, buried his wife when he was in his early 50s, buried one daughter and lived until he was in his early 70s, despite having to deal with the result of two paralysing strokes for the last six years of his life. Since all his five daughters entered the convent, Louis and Zelie had no grandchildren. The Bishop added: "These are modern saints. "Their path to sanctity was not an easy road. "It can be hard to see God in cancer, tuberculosis and four children dying in infancy. "Many modern families and individuals have to live with sudden death, cruel illnesses and the loss of too many children through accidents, at the hands of others or at their own hands."

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