First joint canonization of married couple

Posted by Siobhan O'Neill Meluso
Thursday 05, March 2015 | Category:   Mary and the Saints,Consecrated Life
Historic joint canonization of Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, parents
of Saint Therese of Lisieux, is expected to take place in October.
Pope Francis is expected to canonize Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of Saint Therese of Lisieux, French Discalced Carmelite nun. Their canonization will be the first joint canonization of a married couple and will coincide with the upcoming world Synod of Bishops on the Family in October.

According to Zenit, Salesian Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, made the announcement at a recent meeting organized by the Libreria Editrice Vaticana to discuss the topic “Of What Use Are Saints?”

“Saints are not only priests and nuns, but also lay people,” Cardinal Amato said, referring to this exemplary French married couple.

The couple were married in 1858 and had nine children, with all five of their surviving daughters Marie, Pauline, Leonie, Celine, and Therese entering into religious life. The daily life of the Martins included Mass at 5:30 am, Angelus and Vespers, rest on Sundays, fasting during Lent and Advent— and also jokes and games, as Louis liked to fish and play billiards. They invited poor people to dine in their home and they visited the elderly. They also taught their daughters to treat the underprivileged as equals.

Pope Benedict XVI beatified both parents in 2008. 

Learn more about the Carmelites (O.Carm) - Congregation of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm (O.Carm).

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