Saint Therese of Lisieux was born to a middle-class French family. Her father, Louis, was a watchmaker, her mother, who died of cancer when Therese was 4, was a lace maker, and both have been declared Venerable by the Church. Cured from an illness at age eight when a statue of the Blessed Virgin smiled at her. Carmelite nun at age 15. Defined her path to God and holiness as "The Little Way," which consisted of love and trust in God. At the direction of her spiritual director, and against her wishes, she dictated her famed autobiography Story of a Soul. Many miracles attributed to her. Declared a Doctor of the Church in 1997 by Pope John Paul II.
Also known as : Therese of the Child Jesus; the Little Flower; the Little Flower of Jesus
Saint day is October 1st.
Is known for the power of prayer. Patron saint of African missions; AIDS sufferers; air crews; aircraft pilots; florists; flower growers;