|St. Therese of Lisieux entered the Carmelite
convent at the
of 15. Her hair was shorn (as was the common practice), and her very devoted
father saved this particular cascade of hair as a keepsake. It is now on
display at the Carmel in Lisieux.
St. Therese died from tuberculosis in 1897 and was canonized 28 years later by Pope Pius XI. This decision was made despite Canon Law, which states a person cannot be proclaimed a saint until 50 years after their death, and was made and approved because of the thousands of reported miracles throughout the world, which was an unprecidented event. She is honored with the title "Secondary Patroness of France Equal to St. Joan of Arc", and "Principal Patroness Equal to St. Francis Xavier of All Missionaries & Missions of the World". On October 19, 1997, St. Therese was named Doctor of the Church on October 19, 1997. She is the 3rd woman, and the 2nd Carmelite to be named a Doctor of The Church. She was only 24 years old when she died.
Below is a picture of a small drum, flute and pandereta (timbrel) used by St. Therese.
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