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ThereseTherese was born at Alencon in France in 1873, the youngest of nine children born to Louis and Zelie Martin.  She entered the Carmel of Lisieux at the age of fifteen, joining two of her sisters.   There she lived a life of humility, evangelical simplicity and trust in God.  By word and example she taught these virtues to the novices of the community.  Although she died of tuberculosis at the age of twenty-four on 30 Sept 1897, such was the influence of her spiritual writings and her “little way” that she was declared a Doctor of the Church by John Paul II in 1997.  She is also patron of the missions and co-protectress of France (with St Joan of Arc). – CTS New Daily Roman Missal 2012, p 3035; Christian Prayer 1990, p 1242-1243

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