Pauline (Mother Agnes of Jesus)

sister of saint Therese of Lisieux

Significant dates in her life

  • Sep 7th, 1861 Pauline
    • The second daughter in the Martin family is born. She is called Pauline.
  • Sep 8th, 1861
    • Baptism in the Church of Saint-Pierre at Montsort.
  • Oct 1868
    • Pauline and her sister Marie become students at the Visitation Convent boarding school at Le Mans, where their aunt Sr. Marie Dosithée is a member of the Community.
  • Jul 2nd, 1874
    • Pauline makes her First Holy Communion in the Visitation Convent Chapel. She dreams of becoming a Visitation Sister.
  • 1875
    • When Marie finishes her studies at the boarding school, Pauline remains there alone. She corresponds regularly with her mother, Zélie Martin.
  • Aug 1st, 1877
    • Pauline leaves the Visitation Convent boarding school.
  • Aug 28th, 1877
    • After the death of Mrs. Martin, Thérèse decides : “For me, Pauline will be my mother !”
  • Feb 16th, 1882
    • At Saint-Jacques, in the Chapel of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Pauline is prompted to enter the Carmelite Convent.
  • Oct 2nd, 1882
    • Pauline enters the Carmelite Convent at Lisieux, taking the name Sr. Agnes of Jesus.
  • Apr 6th, 1883
    • Pauline becomes a novice.
  • May 8th, 1884
    • Pauline makes her perpetual vows, placing her hands in those of Mother Geneviève of Saint-Thérèse, the foundress of the Carmelite Convent at Lisieux.
  • Feb 20th, 1893
    • She is elected Prioress for the first time. She is replaced by Mother Marie de Gonzague on March 21st, 1896.
  • Winter 1894
    • She instructs Thérèse to write her memories of childhood.
  • June 1897
    • She suggests to Mother Marie de Gonzague that she edit the writings of Thérèse.
  • Oct 19-20, 1898
    • The Story of a Soul is published. Pauline played a large role in the preparation of the book.
  • 1902
    • Mother Agnes of Jesus becomes Prioress again.
  • 1909
    • Mother Agnes of Jesus becomes Prioress again while the Canonisation Process of Thérèse is being prepared.
  • 1923
    • Pius XI confirms her as Prioress for life. She will play a huge part in making Thérèse known throughout the world. There is a considerable volume of correspondence.
  • Jun 7th, 1944
    • Lisieux is ravaged by fire. The Superior of the Mission de France urges the Prioress to leave the Convent with her Community and to take refuge in the Crypt of the Basilica.
  • Aug 27th, 1944
    • After 80 days, they return to the Convent which has been spared any damage.
  • Jan 1949
    • She contracts a lung infection.
  • Jul 28th, 1951
    • She dies at the age of 90.
  • Aug 1st, 1951
    • Most Reverend Picaud, Bishop of Bayeux and Lisieux, presides at the solemn funeral Mass.