About the Pilgrimage
Learn more about the Pilgrimage of Sts Therese and her parents and the impact they have on communities had so far.
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, learn more about her life with this documentary created for the occasion of the visit of the relics to Scotland in 2019. Learn all about her from those who walk in her footsteps each day. ©2019 SANCTA FAMILIA MEDIA
St Thérèse of Lisieux is one of the patron saints of mission. She loved the work of mission and wanted to travel to spread the Gospel all over the world and show how Jesus loves all people. One of the famous things she said was ‘I would like to preach the Gospel on all the five continents...’
Though St Thérèse never actually went on mission, she is a patron saint of mission because what makes a missionary is not the legs but the heart! A missionary is a person whose heart burns with love for Christ.
Thérèse lived a very simple and holy life. At age 15, she entered the Carmelite convent in Lisieux to give her whole life to God. She took the religious name Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. Thérèse had four sisters and they all became nuns as well, dedicating their lives to God.
St Thérèse said: “I will seek out a means of getting to heaven by a little way—very short and very straight, a little way that is wholly new.” In fact, she asked special permission from the Pope to become a nun so young!
St Thérèse saw herself as a child of God. She teaches us that God is everywhere—in every situation and person—and in the ordinary, simple details of life. It is because of this that so many people have followed her example and grown to love her because she shows us that we can love God in simple acts of kindness and love for others.
I would like to say a big 'Thank You!' to the organisers of the pilgrimage of Reliquaries of such wonderful Saints from Lisieux in France. I had the privilege of visiting this little village after Easter in 1997 and visiting the Carmelite Convent of the Annunciation and the Buissonette's Cottage as well as the Basilica and St Joseph's Church in Lisieux. (Moree, NSW)
A very positive experience here at Coorparoo of the relics. We experienced a wonderful contemplative time and managed to offer hospitality to the many people who came from beyond the Parish. Parishioners took an active role in leading liturgies as well as providing hospitality. Many of the people who came to venerate were not from the Parish. It was both a positive prayerful experience and an educative one for the community. (Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parish, Coorparoo, QLD)
I think our parish was very excited for the visit. Before 3pm, Good Shepherd Primary School brought their students from grades 3 to 6 for a visit of the relics led by Sr Theresa Maria spc. Throughout the afternoon we had parishioners dropping in and out for veneration. Visitors also included parishioners of other parishes and Christians from other denominations who were interested and intrigued by this occasion. Sr Theresa Maria gave a talk that was very engaging and easy to understand. On the whole we were very blessed by the Relics Pilgrimage! (Our Lady of the Southern Cross parish, Springfield, QLD)
It was not just for our parish but the whole of the Gold Coast. About 750 people came to look, pray and or be a part of this moment. The first XIII Rugby League team who carried in the relics really liked being a part and being invited – that’s the secret: invitation. (Our Lady of Mercy, Burleigh Heads, QLD)
Our community was fully engaged, of course; the locals offered their support too. There was a constant stream of people coming and going most of the time. Five students from Carmel College carried out the Relics at the end. They were supported by the school principal and APRE as well as a couple of parents. It was quite amazing that when Therese arrived in Varroville it was very hot (41º), a huge dust storm had just arrived from the west, and there were uncontained bushfires still raging, with constant smoke in the atmosphere. Then the rain started. Our own rain gauge at Ormiston showed 500 mm over 10 days until just after the relics left us. (Carmelite Community, Ormiston, QLD)