Visit of Relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux
On 7th September, 2019, the Sisters at the Carmelite Monastery in Dysart were very pleased to welcome the Relics of St Thérèse (otherwise known as The Little Flower) for an hour with a short prayer service.
The casket with the Relics arrived in Scotland in mid-August and travelled to every Diocese, as part of an international tour of the Relics since 1994. The Sisters also attended the Cathedral in Edinburgh to celebrate the event.
The Relics came in Scotland at the invitation of the Bishops of Scotland, with Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews & Edinburgh welcoming the news in February 2019:
“It is my fervent prayer that the visit of the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux to Scotland later this year will provide a very special opportunity for all of us to learn from the saintly example of the Little Flower, the better to imitate her “little way” of seeking holiness in everyday life, and to ask for her heavenly assistance in doing so.”
- Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews & Edinburgh, on 19 February.
For the Sisters, the ceremony was a wonderful opportunity to see the Relics, which were welcomed in every corner of Scotland.
The visit will long be remembered by members of the community, including the family of a baby born on the same day the Relics arrived. Baby Therese Marie, born with a very rare condition, was named for the Saint and was well enough to visit the relics with her parents at St Mirin's Cathedral in Paisley.