Relics of St Therese and parents to visit Tasmania

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Relics of St Therese and parents to visit Tasmania

The relics of St Therese of Lisieux will visit Tasmania early next year as part of an Australia-wide tour organised by Catholic Mission.

Her relics will be joined by those of her parents, Sts Zelie and Louis Martin who, in 2015, became the first married couple to be canonised together.

The announcement, which was made by Catholic Mission today, coincides with the beginning of the Extraordinary Missionary Month. St Therese is one of the patron saints of mission.

The Tasmanian visit will be a return trip for St Therese, a French Carmelite nun and a Doctor of the Church who entered religious life at age 15 and died of tuberculosis at 24. Her autobiography, Story of a Soul, was published after her death and has become a spiritual classic.

St Therese’s relics last visited the Australia in 2002. During that tour, an estimated 400,000 people turned out to venerate her relics nationally.

The Martin family’s relics will arrive in Australia on February 1 and depart on May 10, travelling to 17 dioceses over the four-month Australian tour.

In Tasmania over two days, April 16 and 17, the relics will visit the Carmelite monastery in Launceston, St Mary’s Cathedral in Hobart, and St Therese’s Church in Moonah.

Tasmania’s Director of Catholic Mission Deacon Michael Hangan hopes that the presence of three saints from the one family will serve to inspire and strengthen families.

“I’m hoping that families are inspired by them. I’m quite sure that they would then pray for families as well.”

Deacon Hangan will accompany the relics from Melbourne, and throughout their time in Tasmania.

It won’t be the first time Deacon Hangan has encountered the Martin family.

“I went to Madrid World Youth Day [in 2011] and we happened by chance to be sitting in a park and then St Therese’s relics arrived.

“And I was also in Rome when her parents were canonised, again by chance,” he said.

“I’m really looking forward to just having that time to spend myself with the relics, and with these three saints.”