Celine (Sister Genevieve of the Holy Face)

sister of saint Therese of Lisieux

Significant dates in her life

  • Apr 28, 1869
    • The seventh daughter in the Martin family, named Marie-Céline, is born while the family are living at Rue du Pont-Neuf in Alençon.
  • Sept 5, 1869
    • She is baptised at Alençon.
  • 1876
    • She becomes a half-boarder at the Benedictine Abbey at Lisieux.
  • Mar 13, 1880
    • She receives her First Holy Communion in the Abbey’s Chapel.
  • Jun 5, 1880
    • She receives the Sacrament of Confirmation.
  • Oct 1880
    • Thérèse enters the Abbey’s school with Céline.
  • 1885
    • Céline leaves the Abbey school where she had been President of the “Children of Mary”. She frequently won the top prizes at school.
  • Apr 1888
    • Her hand in marriage is sought. Céline engages herself in painting and photography.
  • Jun 16, 1888
    • Céline tells her father of her desire to enter religious life.
  • Feb 12, 1889
    • Mr. Martin is admitted to the Bon Sauveur Hospital at Caen. Céline and Léonie stay nearby for three months with the Sisters of Saint Vincent de Paul.
  • Dec 8, 1889
    • Her Spiritual Director, Fr. Pichon, authorises her to make a vow of virginity.
  • Jul 29, 1894
    • Mr. Martin suffers a heart attack – Céline cares for him.
  • Sep 14, 1894
    • Céline enters the Carmelite Convent, taking her camera with her !
  • Feb 5, 1895
    • As a novice, she took the name Sr. Marie de la Sainte Face. Following her profession she became Sr. Genevieve of the Holy Face and St. Teresa.
  • Jun 9, 1895
    • During Mass Sr. Thérèse of the Child Jesus asks for a special grace : to offer herself as a victim to Merciful Love.
  • Jun 11, 1895
    • She makes an offering with Thérèse.
  • Feb 24, 1896
    • Final profession.
  • 1898 – 1899
    • All during her lifetime, Sr. Geneviève took an active part in spreading the message of Thérèse by the written word, and also by photos and images.
  • 1952
    • Sr. Geneviève publishes “Conseils et Souvenirs” (Advice and Memories).
  • Feb 24, 1956
    • Céline celebrates her Diamond Jubilee. Most Rev. Jacquemain, Bishop of Bayeux and Lisieux, authorises the opening of the Process for the Cause of the Servant of God, Louis Martin.
  • Feb 25, 1959
    • Sr. Geneviève dies.