The process of the blessed Louis and Zélie

Louis, the father. Zélie, the mother.

The parents of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Louis Martin (1823-94) and Zélie Guérin (1831-77), were declared “Venerable” by Pope John Paul II on 26 March 1994 and beatified in Lisieux on October 19, 2008.

« The good God gave me a father and mother more worthy of heaven than of earth » Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus (letter 261 from 26-7-1897)

Le couple Martin

For the parents of Thérèse, the place of God in their lives was primary. Thérèse was deeply influenced by their deep faith and by the religious fervour of the entire family.

The processes for the Canonisation of the Servants of God, Louis Martin and Zélie Guérin, the parents of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, were instigated separately by the dioceses of Bayeux-Lisieux and Sées, between 1957 and 1960. The Causes were then forwarded to Rome.

These two Causes are investigated according to a historical method and are presented to the Congregation for Saints as one single study or positio and will be discussed at the same time. If the Church so decides, this couple will then be glorified together.

The faithful are invited to jointly invoke in their prayers Louis Martin and Zélie Guérin for the granting of favours and miracles through their intercession.

Anybody who has received graces through the intercession of Louis Martin and Zélie Guérin, or anybody wishing to make a donation or seek information, is invited to contact :

Postulation Générale
des Carmes Déchaux
Corso d’Italia 38
00198 Roma
Italy