Bl. Louis (1823-1894) & Zelie Martin (1831-1877)
(Parents of Therese of Lisieux)
Louis Martin (1823-1894) and Zelie Guerin (Martin) (1831-1877) were beatified on Mission Sunday October 19, 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI. Louis was born into a military family and spent his early years at various French military posts. At the age of twenty-two he sought to enter religious life at an Augustinian monastery. He had difficulty learning the required Latin and eventually left the monastery. He eventually settled down in Alencon France and became a successful watchmaker.
Zelie Guerin (1831-18977), also born into a military family, and as a young lady also sought to enter religious life, but soon abandoned her hopes and learned the lace-making techniques. She started her own successful lace-making business.
Louis and Zelie met in Alencon and were married on July 13th, 1858. During the next fifteen years, they had nine children; seven girls and two boys. Within a three year period, the two baby boys, and two daughters aged five years and six-and-a-half weeks all died. Their last child was born on January 2nd, 1873 and named her Marie-Francoise-Therese Martin. A century later, people would know her as St. Therese of Lisieux and call her the ‘Little Flower’.
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