Léonie Martin, sister and disciple of St. Thérèse of Lisieux: pray for her to be declared "venerable"
January 24, 2015. Joyful news: the French press reports that today Bishop Jean-Claude Boulanger, bishop of Bayeux and Lisieux, will celebrate Mass at the Monastery of the Visitation at Caen and will announce the opening of the diocesan process for Leonie's sainthood.
Joyful news flash: The Shrine at Lisieux has announced that the beatification of Léonie Martin, sister of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, is under consideration. On March 25, 2012, Mgr Jean-Claude Boulanger, bishop of the diocese of Bayeux and Lisieux, granted the imprimatur for a prayer that Léonie might be declared "venerable." A person named "venerable" by the Church is considered to have practiced "heroic virtue." St. Thérèse was declared venerable on August 14, 1921 by Pope Benedict XV, after her life had been examined by a diocesan tribunal (the "bishop's process") and by a tribunal appointed by Rome (the "Apostolic Process"). To be declared "venerable" is a big step in the cause for sainthood; the next two steps are to be named "blessed" and to be canonized. Léonie Martin, born on June 3, 1863, became a Visitation nun, Sister Françoise-Thérèse, at Caen, where she died on June 17, 1941.
Dear Léonie our Sister,
You have already intervened with God on our behalf,
and we would like to be able to pray to you officially,
so that many more might know you.
Come to the aid of parents who risk losing a child,
as you nearly died at a very young age.
Continue to uphold the families
where different generations have problems living together in peace.
Enlighten youth who question their future and hesitate to commit.
Show to all the way of prayer
which permits you to bear your limitations and your difficulties with confidence,
and to give yourself to others.
Lord, if such is your will,
deign to accord us the grace that we ask of you
through the intercession of your servant Léonie,
and inscribe her among the number of the venerable of your Church.
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Imprimatur: March 25, 2012
† Jean-Claude Boulanger
Bishop of Bayeux-Lisieux
Persons who receive favors by the intercession of Léonie Martin,
in religion Sister Françoise-Thérèse,
are asked to make them known to the Monastery of the Visitation:
Monastery of the Visitation
3 rue de l’Abbatiale
translated by Maureen O'Riordan