Louis and Zelie Martin (Parents of Therese of Lisieux)

Bl. Louis (1823-1894) & Zelie Martin (1831-1877)
(Parents of Therese of Lisieux)
July 12th

Louis & Zelie Martin

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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5 Responses to Louis and Zelie Martin (Parents of Therese of Lisieux)

  1. The best news since their beatification: the definitive edition of the letters of Blessed Zelie and Louis Martin has been translated into English. To order it, or for more information about it, please visit http://www.thereseoflisieux.org. Wait till you see the 32 pages of beautiful photos and the introduction, which explores the depths of Louis and Zelie’s marital spirituality. The site also offers many photos, videos, and documents about the Martin family.

    Zelie, who wrote most of the letters, will inspire people especially through this book. She begins more than one letter with an endearingly human remark like “I am not writing to your wife today; I’m annoyed that she didn’t answer my last letter, so I won’t write to her until she does.” Yet she is a great saint! There is much rejoicing in the Theresian world, and the letters letters will inspire many married women and men.

  2. Grace says:

    Do you have a novena to the Blesseds? Please let me know if you know of one. Thank you so much!

  3. Fr. Hildebrand Garceau says:

    Do you have copies of the photo of Blessed Louis and Blessed Zelie large enough for framing? I am very interested in obtaining one for my parish.
    Love St. Therese.

    God bless you all.

  4. Maureen says:

    Thank you for posting this in honor of the first feast of the new blesseds. For a photo show about them, and for details of how the feast is being celebrated at Lisieux today, please see http://thereseoflisieux.org Thank you.

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