An appeal for the cause of Leonie Martin from her Monastery at the Visitation of Caen

 the future site of the tomb of the servant of god, leonie martin, in the chapel of  the monastery of the visitation at caen.  photo credit: visitation at caen.

the future site of the tomb of the servant of god, leonie martin, in the chapel of  the monastery of the visitation at caen.  photo credit: visitation at caen.

"For a long time, our community has wanted to be able to transfer Léonie’s burial place from the crypt to the chapel to make it a more accessible place for the growing number of pilgrims who come to pray and meditate at her tomb.  But the high cost of the improvements to our building which are absolutely necessary to carrying out this plan have thwarted our desire.  The expense of the construction work is beyond our means.

First, we want to build a sarcophagus in our chapel to receive the shrine containing the body of our sister.

Then there are many repairs to be made in different parts of the chapel. We have discovered that the wood of the balcony overlooking the site for the sarcophagus is filled with worms.  We have begun to treat the wood.  The pavement of the chapel floor is badly damaged; it would be dangerous for pilgrims.

Once these repairs are complete, we will then clean the Stations of the Cross and the stained-glass windows of the chapel.  All of them have gotten dirty from an old, badly regulated heating system.

So we stretch out our hands to our friends, to all those who are kind and caring and who, with us, hope that Léonie may become better known and intercede helpfully for those who are in trouble and in suffering.

If you want to contribute to the costs incurred by the administrative procedures for the conduct of Léonie’s process for sainthood, please send your contribution, however modest it may be, either:

  • by mail addressed to:

Communauté de la Visitation
3 rue de l’abbatiale
14000 CAEN

FRANCE

or

Be sure of our friendship in Christ and of our prayer for all your intentions.

-       The Sisters of the Visitation of Caen"

[I thank the Monastery for permission to translate this letter and  to reproduce the image from their new Web site "Léonie Martin, Soeur Françoise-Thérèse"].