Lisieux, a town in Normandy 2 hours from Paris that is world renown thanks to Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, doctor of the Church.
It is one of the best known pilgrimage places in France.
Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face is also called “the little Therese” by pilgrims who appreciate her for her simplicity. Born in Alençon, she spent more than 10 years in Lisieux in the house called Les Buissonnets. At the age of 14, she told her father of her desire to become a Carmelite nun. She will go all the way to Rome to make the request directly to Pope Leo XIII, becoming a Carmelite less than two years later. It is at the request of the prioress that she began to write “History of a Soul”, her history, before her “entry into life” at 24 years old. She was quickly beatified and canonized at the request of her worldwide readers who discovered her through “History of a Soul”. There are healings amongst those who come to pray by her tomb. A huge basilica is constructed to welcome the crowds coming from the four corners of the world after discovering her “small way” to holiness. Pope John Paul II came to pray during his trip in France in 1980.
Pilgrims can come for a pilgrimage to pray in the Basilica and to admire the numerous mosaics, and to visit les Buissonnets, the Carmelite monastery. They can ask for the intercession of the Saint who has promised to spend her Heaven doing good things on earth.