Zélie Martin


Tomorrow, during the ongoing Synod of Bishops on the family, we celebrate the canonization of a member of the OFS, Zélie Martin, who will be canonized along with her husband Louis. The couple, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, will be the first-ever married couple with children to be canonized in the same ceremony. In March, the Pope had recognized a miracle attributed to the French couple. Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, has described Louis and Zélie Martin as “an extraordinary witness of conjugal and family spirituality.”
Married in 1858, Louis and Zélie had nine children. Four died in infancy while the remaining five entered religious life. During their marriage, the couple was known to attend Mass daily, pray and fast, visit the elderly and the sick and welcome the poor into their home.
From a Vatican Radio briefing

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