A Canonised Couple
St Thérèse of Lisieux is one of the Church’s most popular saints. Recently her parents, Zélie Guerin and Louis Martin, became the first couple to be canonised together. Their life story demonstrates how holiness can be achieved in marriage.
They were a couple who knew heartache: four of their nine children died as infants. They also experienced the worry of illness. Zélie fought with breast cancer dying in 1877 at the age of 45 leaving Louis to rear the girls. Later he suffered from dementia and had to be cared for by his daughters. Conor Deane met Sister Thérèse Marie, in St. Joseph’s Carmelite monastery to talk about this remarkable family and the example they set for modern families.