Saint's relics to tour Australia
Relics of St Therese of Lisieux will tour Australia for the first time in April 2002.
The Catholic Leader reports that they will visit most dioceses, finishing their tour in Brisbane, from where they will go to French Polynesia.
An exhibition of the relics in the United States two years ago attracted a response surpassing all expectations.
In her autobiography, St Therese said she would like to be a missionary "not for a few years only, but from the beginning of creation until the consummation of the ages". She never left France during her short life of 24 years, but her relics have travelled the world.
The lived for nine years as a cloistered Carmelite, praying especially for the work of missionaries and had volunteered for a new Carmel being opened in Hanoi, Vietnam. She died in 1897.
The announcement that the relics would tour Australia was made at the conclusion of a Brisbane Diocesan education program The Call to Holiness: Learning from the Saints through Listening to their Story and Praying their Tradition.