Relics of Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, and their youngest daughter, Saint Thérèse

Following a tour of other cathedrals and venues in Ireland this weekend sees  the arrival of the relics to St Mary’s Cathedral in Kilkenny. On Saturday 1st September the relics will be received in the Cathedral during a short prayer service beginning at 11 am and will remain for the veneration for the faithful until 3pm.

The relics of Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, and their youngest daughter, Saint Thérèse, have come from Lisieux to Ireland to coincide with the World Meeting of Families 2018. Veneration of the relics began at the WMOF2018 Opening Ceremony in the RDS, Dublin, on Tuesday 21st August and were also in the sanctuary in the Phoenix Park for the Papal Mass on Sunday 26th August. 
Saints Louis and Zélie Martin
Louis and Zélie Martin were beatified on 19 October 2008, not because they gave five religious to the Church, one of whom is a saint, but because their married life gave witness of an exemplary Christian life. That life was completely ordinary, that of a Christian couple who raised their children by working together.  They knew the joy and pain of all families, but in their togetherness all was love: the love of God; love of their children; love of others. Saint Thérèse wrote to abbé Bellière: “The good Lord gave me a father and a mother more worthy of heaven than of earth.”  And in a letter to Father Roulland she speaks of the “heaven towards which tended all their actions and all their desires.”Their life is like a catechism on family life.  To know more about Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, visit


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