Thursday, August 09, 2018

THE relics of the saint who is known as The Little Flower will be in Kildare town on Monday 20 August.

The relics of St Therese and those of her parents St Louis and St Zelie Martin are visiting Kildare as part of the World Meeting of Families which takes place from 21 to 26 August in Ireland and will culminate with the visit of Pope Francis on 25 and 26 August.

The Kildare visit has been organised by the Knights of St Therese, which was founded by Kildare man Pat Sweeney.

Pat travelled to France last week to collect the relics and bring them to Ireland.

The relics have been on an international pilgrimage since 1994. The tour included not only first-class relics, but also the saint’s religious habit, her rosary, and several other items. They were brought to Ireland in the summer of 2001 and Canada later in the same year.

They visited England and Wales in late September and early October 2009, including an overnight stop at the Anglican York Minster on her feast day 1 October. A quarter of a million people venerated them.

In June 2010, the relics of Saint Thérèse made their first visit to South Africa in conjunction with the 2010 World Cup. They remained in the country until October of that year.

In November 2013, a new reliquary containing relics of Saint Thérèse and of her parents, was presented to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia by the Magnificat Foundation. It was first exposed for veneration at the Magnificat Day on 9 November 2013.

Thérèse is well known throughout the world, with the Basilica of Lisieux being the second-largest place of pilgrimage in France after Lourdes.

The relics will visit St Brigid’s Parish Church, Kildare town on Monday 20 August at 8pm. The relics will then travel to the Carmelite Church on Green Road arriving at 9pm and will remain in the church for 12 hours. St Therese had been a member of the Carmelite community during her time as a nun.

The relics will also be present at the Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park when the Pope arrives in the country.

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By Noel O'Driscoll
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