St Thérèse in South Africa!

Oudtshoorn, 05 May 2010

St Thérèse in South Africa!

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

For the first time ever, the Relics of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux - of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face - will come to South Africa, from June till end of September 2010. The impulse came from the Catholic Youth of the Parish Saint Francis of Assisi in Yeoville, Archdiocese of Johannesburg, deeply inspired by the Saint in their faith, and encouraged by her spiritual “Little Way”, as she is one of the youngest Saints of all times.

The arrival of the Relics of Saint Thérèse in the midst of the FIFA Football World Cup gives even a larger reach to the event. From June 27 to July 12, the Relics of Saint Thérèse will be in and around Johannesburg. This period of time also corresponds to the final phase of the FIFA Football World Cup.

The visit of the Relics of Saint Thérèse also happens in the year of the Priests, and Saint Thérèse always said that she would pray for them. She even wished she could be a Priest sometimes. The mission of having her Relics coming on that particular year is indeed a real blessing, and the Bishops of many other dioceses than Johannesburg have responded enthusiastically to the call. The scheduled itinerary of the Relics, named “The Saint Thérèse Route” will provide the followers with an awesome opportunity to explore the beauties of South Africa. The route will cross the Provinces of Limpopo, Gauteng, Free State, Eastern Cape, Western Cape.

The whole Church of South Africa is expressing the hope that the coming of the Relics of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux will inspire people, strengthen their faith, and challenge all of us to live our faith and follow our vocations/callings as St Thérèse did. It is also encouraged that the coming of the Relics should be accompanied with a special parish/diocese/school/ convent project or program that is going to be sustainable in enriching the spiritual and social (community outreach) ministry.

For more information about the visit of St Therese's visit, visit www.sttheresesouthafrica2010.com.