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On Saturday, September 14, 2013, we had the unique privilege of welcoming a special relic of St. Therese of Lisieux--her √©scritoire or lap desk, on which she wrote her major writings, including The Story of a Soul.  Hundreds of people gathered in the Cathedral for this special encounter with St. Therese of Lisieux.

Therese's writing desk has never before left the Carmel of Lisieux.

This drawing by the saint's sister, Celine, shows her using the writing desk.

Father Andrew Small, OMI, is the director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States, which sponsored this visit.  (One of his predecessors at the Pontifical Mission Societies was Venerable Fulton J. Sheen!)  Even though Therese died at the age of 24, and lived the life of a cloistered nun, her missionary spirit has led to her being declared the co-patroness of the missions, alongside St. Francis Xavier!

A youth reader proclaims the words of St. Therese.

All were invited to write an intention on a slip of paper and place it next to the writing-desk.  Father Ryan led the way.

At the end of the prayer, Father Small placed our intentions inside Therese's desk.  This was the dream (literally!) of the Sister in St. Therese's Carmel who loaned the desk for this visit.

St. Therese, patroness of the missions, pray for us!  Find out more about the work of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States by visiting their website, www.onefamilyinmission.org.

Click here to read another account of the visit of the writing desk of St. Therese.


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