St Thérèse at The Gathering Ireland 2013
'Relics are one way in which God helps us in our bodily humanity to rise to spiritual realities'.
(Fr C O'Donnell, O Carm, 2001; Archive)
From 22 - 24 August 2013 a relic of St Thérèse of Lisieux and relics of her parents Blessed Louis and Zélie Martin were on display at the St Thérèse Shrine in the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Whitefriar Street, Dublin. The reliquary was enthusiastically welcomed and was visited by the many from near and far who attended The Gathering weekend event hosted by the Carmelite community and staff at Whitefriar Street - an event to celebrate the past, present and future of the local community.
The daily programme for the event included a St Thérèse of Lisieux Exhibition which showed many Thérèsian items such as the chasuble painted by Sr Geneviève (Céline, sister of St Thérèse); books, writings and prayercards; models of objects in daily use in the nineteenth century in the Lisieux Carmel such as lamps and hourglasses; records of the visits of the relics of St Thérèse to Ireland in 2001 and 2009; and photographs recalling the National Carmelite Pilgrimages to Lisieux and the St Thérèse National Prayer Days at Knock.