Revisiting the Miracle
Thank You for Your Help.
For years, the Carmel in Lisieux, where St. Therese lived and prayed as a Carmelite nun, suffered from the ravages of the harsh Normandy weather and a world war that threatened to reduce the monastery to ruins. Originally built in the 1830's, little had been done to preserve the birthplace of the spirituality for which the Little Flower is widely known: "The Little Way."
A campaign was launched to restore the Carmel to ensure that the 26 Sisters who live there today have a home that is on a firm foundation. Thanks to the many friends of St. Therese, the most vital aspects of this restoration effort have been achieved. The Society of the Little Flower and the Carmelite Sisters in France are deeply grateful to all who sacrificed and prayed for the success of this endeavor.
A Campaign for the Ages
Though the most pressing repairs to the Carmel have been completed, two critically important needs remain:
I. Creating a lasting tribute to our beloved Little Flower, a legacy that will ensure that the Sisters never have to deal with such capital emergencies again. To that end, the Society of the Little Flower is asking its friends to contribute to a fund upon which the Sisters can rely should a future repair or improvement become necessary.
II. Updating and improving the largest Shrine devoted to St. Therese in the United States, the National Shrine in Darien, Illinois. Funds are needed to expand the Shrine's museum, enlarge the present chapel and update the Carmelite Retreat Center. Such improvements will allow the Society of the Little Flower to host groups from around the world to grow spiritually and deepen their faith as they discover the beauty and simplicity of the spirituality of St. Therese.
To assist the Society of the Little Flower in addressing these needs, I wish to make a gift of: