Here you can find several online biographies of Léonie Martin and a little more information:
- First, the newest. We are proud to present our English translation of the new booklet "La vie de Léonie Martin, Sister Françoise-Thérèse," which is offered in French to pilgrims who visit the monastery. Prepared by the Visitation Community in 2012, it features an introduction by Jean-Claude Boulanger, the bishop of Bayeux and Lisieux, and ends with the prayer that Léonie might be declared "venerable," a prayer for which he granted the imprimatur on March 25, 2012. We thank the Visitation community for generously allowing us to translate this booklet and to publish it at "Leonie Martin."
- Second, an historic treasure. Juan Marrero's translation of the "life of Léonie" written by her Visitation sisters after her death in 1941 and sent out as the "death circular" then customary. This longer and more detailed document, written in the language customary in convents in France at that time, contains many prevously unseen photographs.
- Third, at the Web site of the archives of the Carmel of Lisieux, see a brief summary of Léonie's education; remembrances of Léonie's First Communion, and Léonie's testimony about Thérèse at the diocesan process in 1910.
- Fourth, read online "God Made the Violet, Too: Life of Leonie, Sister of St. Therese" by Rev. Albert H. Dolan, O. Carm. (Chicago, Illinois and Englewood, N.J.: Carmelite Press, 1948). This book, now online courtesy of the Hathitrust Digital Library, was written by the American founder of the Little Flower Society. He draws on his visits with Léonie in 1926 and 1927; his conversations with her Carmelite sisters about her; and the circular letter her community published about her on her death in 1941. The book naturally uses the religious language of its time, but is full of fascinating details about Léonie.
- Fifth, "Léonie Martin: the forgotten sister of Saint Thérèse," a short online biography by Visitation Sister Mary Christine Martens. Courtesy of the Help Fellowship Web site.
- Sixth,"Léonie Martin," the May 1998 issue of the spiritual newsletter of Clairval Abbey. A powerful reflection on Léonie's life by Dom Antoine Marie, OSB, reproduced here with the permission of Clairval Abbey
- Finally,"Sister Françoise-Thérèse (Marie Léonie Martin), God's Little Violet," an online biography by Ron Hannan, courtesy of Martin Sisters.