St. Therese taught us to do small and simple actions with great love and care. From writing notes to helping her elders, St. Therese shares that God's love within us must overflow to others. Through her small actions and care for the missionaries, she has become the co-patroness of the missions.


As a Carmelite nun, St. Therese spent her life as a religious sister in a cloistered community. It was during this time that she developed her “Little Way.” She was tested by her fellow sister who often thought she was childish and naive. However, she made it a point to love them as God loves all of us.


St. Therese became a Doctor of the Church because of her great spirituality, especially when it came to prayer. St. Therese explained that “prayer is a burst from the heart,” — spontaneous, personal, and intimate — focused on God's presence within us. This has become the Church’s definition of prayer.


National Shrine of St. Therese in Darien, IL.

Step into the Life of St. Therese

The National Shrine and Museum of St. Therese is a place of spiritual retreat. Located in Darien, IL on the 40 acres of beautiful land, this Shrine is a place of pilgrimage and prayer. Groups can schedule tours and overnight accommodations.  Please visit our campus website or call 800-647-1430 to learn more.