Léonie would visit the Carmelite monastery on a daily basis to get
an update on her sister’s condition. On September 30th, as the
hours for Thérèse were drawing to a close, Léonie and her aunt
Céline and uncle Isidore went to the Carmelite chapel to pray for
her. Pauline wrote a small note and gave it to a lay sister, which in
turn handed it to Léonie in the chapel that told her that her sister’s
soul had ascended to heaven. A few days later, Léonie led the
funeral procession at the Carmelite chapel. Thérèse’s body was laid
to rest at the local cemetery in Lisieux.
During this course of time, Léonie continued to stay in contact with
the sisters at the Visitation monastery. She would visit them
periodically in Caen when she went to stay with her cousin Jeanne.
Between Léonie’s second departure from the monastery and her
final entrance, a lot of the sisters at the monastery had passed away.
This led the Visitation monastery, in Caen, to accept a couple
of sisters from the Visitation monastery in Boulogne-sur-Mer. A few
months later, one of the new sisters from Boulogne-sur-Mer was
elected Mother Superior. Mother Jeanne-Marguerite Decarpentry
brought a different adaptation to the Visitation Rule, which in turn
allowed Léonie and her fellow sisters that left previously an
opportunity to come back.
Weeks prior to Thérèse's death, Thérèse had a conversation with
her sister Marie. She stated that after her death, Léonie would be
reunited with her sisters at the Visitation in Caen. She also stated
that Léonie would be there serving God until her death. This vision
that Thérèse had stated to Marie had came true years later on
January 28, 1899.
Léonie, escorted by her uncle Isidore, entered the doors of the
Visitation monastery after her religious ceremony took place and
she entered the monastery for the final time on January 30th.
Léonie stated to her new Mother Superior: “I am here for
always, this is my sole ambition: to hide myself like a humble
violet under the leaves of perfect submission, so that my superiors
can do with me whatever the wish.” (GV)
On June 30,1899, Léonie received her holy habit and took the
name Sister Françoise-Thérèse. The ceremony took place under
the direction of Canon Levasseur. She then continued on with her
novitiate under the direction of Sister Louise Henriette Vaugeois.
Léonie was very attached to her due to her humility, simplicity
and gentleness towards her. Unfortunately, Sister Louise was
requested to return back to her old monastery in Boulogne-sur-
Sister Marie Aimée de Songnis took over the reins of Léonie’s
training. Sister Marie Aimée was much different than her
predecessor. She was more stringent on following the Visitation
Rule. This in return led Léonie into a depressed state of mind.
It was very difficult for Léonie to learn the Rule quickly enough
so that she would not fall into the dismay of her directress.
Léonie’s sisters Marie, Pauline and Céline were once again
alarmed and dreaded the thought of history repeating itself.
They were fearful that Léonie would be forced to leave the
monastery once more. Through the encouragement of her sisters
at Carmel and the intercession through her beloved aunt Sister
Marie-Dosithée and her sister Thérèse, Léonie survived this trial.
Léonie stated in a letter to her sisters at Carmel: “Surviving the
pressures of the earth: To win heaven, it is necessary to suffer
and to suffer greatly. True peace is the acceptance of each trial
given. After we have completed our exile, there will be heaven
eternally, while we wait, it is necessary that we attach ourselves
to the cross. From the cross to heaven is only one step.” (GV)
Sister Marie Aimée decided that Léonie was ready to become a
professed nun. On July 2, 1900, Léonie’s novitiate ended and
she professed her final vows. The ceremony took place under
the direction of Canon Levasseur. Léonie received her profession
cross, the cross that cost her so many tears, however,
Léonie was content on living the rest of her life as a Visitation nun.
It was decided by the Mother Superior of the community that
Léonie’s jobs would be to assistant Bursar, nurse, to assistant in
the refectory and assistant in the sacristy. Léonie’s duties to
assistant Bursar were to ensure that everything in the convent was
arranged accordingly. Her nursing duties in the infirmary were
taking care of the needs of the sick and aged nuns. She assisted
the sisters in the refractory who prepared the two meals that the
community received daily. Léonie’s duties in the sacristy were
prepping the linens, corporals, palls, and purificators for Mass.
Léonie lent her support and attention to the needs of the new
postulants who were, as she did, having difficulties in adhering
to the Visitation Rule. Even though her duties were not always in
a leadership role, she accepted her tasks joyfully. Léonie was
forced to make many sacrifices in her work. With great humility,
she used these opportunities to offer them to God and use them
for the opportunity of saving souls, in particularity for priests.
Léonie was given a brief opportunity to see her sister Pauline in
1902. Pauline and Mother Marie de Gonzaga were traveling to a
city called Valognes located in the northwestern part of Normandy
on business. This was a special gift for Léonie because she thought
she would never see her sister ever again after she entered the
During the early part of the 1900’s, Thérèse had come to be well
known by many people in France. The book “Story of a Soul”
was widely read by many people and they had sought out her
protection and intercession. The process for Thérèse’s canonization
for sainthood had started. In 1910, Léonie was asked by Bishop
Lemonnier of Bayeux and Lisieux to prepare a deposition on
the virtues of Thérèse. On November 27th, Léonie and her Mother
Superior Jeanne-Marguerite Decarpentry traveled to Bayeux to see
the Bishop. Léonie testified on her account of Thérèse’s virtues.
During this event they both stayed at the Benedictine Monastery.
The interest in Thérèse also brought interest in Léonie as well as
her surviving sisters. People would come to the Visitation
monastery and ask to see Léonie and see if she would pray to her
sister Thérèse for intercession on their behalf. Léonie would
always honor their requests.
As 1914 approached, the threat of war was eminent. As World War
I started it had major effect on the Visitation community as well as
other religious communities. The Germans advanced into France
through Belgium’s border and occupied the northeastern half of the
country. Even though during this time, Léonie and her sisters were
miles away from the front lines, they were asked to make sacrifices
for the war effort. Food was rationed for everyone as well as medicines
and other much needed supplies. The majority of the supplies were sent
to the front lines for the support of the French soldiers. Léonie was very
concerned about the health and safety of her sisters Marie, Pauline, and Céline
at the Carmelite monastery in Lisieux due to the rationing of supplies. Her
sisters reassured Léonie, that they were all right. When the war came to the
end, all of them survived the horrors.
On September 30, 1912, while Léonie was chanting the Holy Office, an
apparition of her sister Thérèse’s hands appeared to her on her book. This
apparition affirmed to Léonie that her sister was always with her.
Léonie and Thérèse had a very close relationship. She looked upon Thérèse as being a guiding light to the
way of perfection. This experience encouraged Léonie to work harder at becoming a saint.
The canonization process for Thérèse progressed rapidly on April 9, 1915. A second examination of
Thérèse’s virtues was required for the Apostolic Process. The examination of these virtues would take
place at the Carmelite monastery in Lisieux. To this great joy, Léonie and her Mother Superior
Jeanne-Marguerite traveled to the Carmelite monastery. Léonie had not seen her sisters in seventeen
years. It was an exciting eight days for Léonie and what a blessing it was to see her beloved sisters
Marie, Pauline, and Céline. It was also a great joy to see where her sister Thérèse lived and worked. Léonie
remarked: “As we were sitting down together on the steps of Carmel, it was like nothing had changed. It was
as if we were together at Les Buissonnets once more.” The time came for Léonie to depart the Carmelite
monastery and the examination of Thérèse’s sisters was over. Léonie, yet again, had to say her goodbyes to
her sisters. This time it was to be forever until they all saw each other again in heaven. The Carmelite sisters
arranged a song for Léonie’s departure, which was a very touching gift for her to receive.
Once Léonie returned to the Visitation monastery in Caen, it was very difficult for her to adjust. The
separation from her sisters and the challenges of practicing the “Little Way” were taking a huge toll on
her emotionally. She was fearful of letting herself down as well as her sisters. Léonie remarked: “I
belong to a family of saints and I must not blemish that heritage.” (GV) Léonie always looked upon her
sister Pauline as a saint. She revered the Carmelite prioress as a person with such great virtues. Moreover,
Léonie persisted and returned to the practice of being hidden, following the footsteps of her sister
Thérèse one step at a time. Léonie’s main objective was to be a living example of God’s love, the same
love that he has for each and every one of us. She sought out her own measure of obedience to God to
further her practice of humility, a virtue that was one of her favorites to practice. She devoted many of
her prayers for the Pope, the Church, her communities, and others that suffered.
Léonie constantly examined the progress of her way to perfection and came to the conclusion about
where she was by stating: “I am so poor, so little, so weak-but I rejoice in being so, for it makes me
more open to His consuming and transforming love and I could not be more self-abandoned. I believe
I have reached the point where God wishes me to be, for I love what He does above all else; I do not
want to choose anything at all.” (L) However, Léonie continued to work feverishly on her goals of
becoming more humble. She made every opportunity to withdraw herself more and more from the
spotlight working harder to be counted as nothing. Described by her Visitation sisters, Leonie displayed
pure gentleness, exuberant joy, and great humility with much simplicity.
Reflecting back on her difficult childhood, there was one person who sought forgiveness from Léonie,
Louise Marais, the maid. She had inflicted both emotional and physical abuse on Léonie when she was
a child. Louise was not allowed to have any contact with Léonie. However, Louise was able to
communicate to Léonie in an effort to receive Léonie’s forgiveness through Marie. Léonie thanked her
for helping take care of her mother when she had breast cancer and also forgave her for the way she
was treated by her.
On August 10, 1917, a second exhumation of Thérèse’s remains took place. Léonie had always hoped
for a relic of her sister Thérèse since her death. Thankfully, while her sister Céline was wrapping
Thérèse’s relics in silk linens, a molar had fallen out of its place. It was decided that the molar would be
given to Léonie. The arrival of the relic, from Thérèse to the Visitation monastery, was a joyous blessing
for Léonie and her sisters in Caen.
On March 26, 1923, Thérèse’s relics were brought to the Carmelite Monastery in Lisieux. A beautifully
decorated carriage carrying her relics rode from the Lisieux cemetery in a procession down the streets
of Lisieux to be interned at the Carmelite chapel. Thérèse’s beatification was going to take place on April
29th. As a kind gesture to Léonie, the carriage was brought to the Visitation monastery in Caen to include
her in the ceremony and to show her the beautiful carriage where her sister’s relics were placed.
Shortly after the beatification process, Thérèse’s canonization was taking place. On May 17, 1925,
Léonie’s sister became St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus. A beautiful ceremony took place in Rome to
celebrate the newly canonized saint. Pope Pius XI extended an invitation for Thérèse’s sisters Marie,
Pauline, Léonie, and Céline to attend the ceremony in Rome. The invitation was declined by all of them.
The decision to decline the invitation was so that they could continue their work in the monastery as a
cloistered nun thus not interfering with community life. But in the place of their absence, two Tourière
sisters from the Visitation monastery went to Rome to represent them. Léonie had a special request for
one of the sisters. She asked the sister if she would kiss the foot of Pope Pius XI, a demonstration to the
Pontiff a sign of her faith in him.
On September 28th, Cardinal Vico, a representative of Pope XI, came to Caen to visit Léonie. Léonie
knelt before him as an act of her faithfulness to him and the Pope. Léonie, like her sisters, prayed in
particular for the Pope, priests and also the preservation of the sovereign Church. Cardinal Vico
delivered a portrait of Pope Pius XI to celebrate Léonie’s twenty-five years as a Visitation nun. The
portrait contained an inscription of a blessing for her to honor this occasion. Pauline had sent a statue
of Thérèse to the Visitation convent, which was placed in the garden. Cardinal Vico had the honor of
blessing the statue while he was there.
Due to the overwhelming interest in Thérèse, many visitors came to the Visitation monastery to see
Léonie. Léonie, being an assistant portress, would answer the door without acknowledging to them that
it was she who they were speaking to. For Léonie, it was an opportunity for her to practice her humility.
Most of them would request for her to pray to her sister Thérèse for their intentions and she would
always honor their requests. Léonie never sought out intercession from her sister Thérèse for herself.
She knew that all that she received was enough for what she needed. A visitor who wanted to interview
Léonie approached her at the monastery. He wanted to find out more information about her mother
Azélie. Léonie complied with his request and she stated that it was her mother, Azélie, who taught her
humility, simplicity, and detachment from worldly things. Léonie always viewed her as a saint. Léonie
was then asked to write the forward to the book: The Little Flower’s Mother. Léonie also wrote a
message to the Little Flower Society: “If we must please the Little Flower, we must be humbled as she
was, and we will be humble if we will repeat frequently every day: Jesus, meek and humble of heart,
make my heart like unto thine.” (CW) Léonie vowed to pray every day for sister Thérèse to watch over
In her interview, she was asked why she too did not become a Carmelite nun like her sisters. Léonie
replied she was where God wanted her to be and one of the graces that her sister Thérèse gave her was
to preserve her devotion to the Visitation Order. Léonie's first affiliation with the Visitation Order was
through her aunt, Sister Marie-Dosithée. There was a great connection and admiration between Léonie
and her aunt and she looked forward to following her in her footsteps, thus initially taking the name
Sister Françoise-Dosithée in one of Léonie’s early attempts at religious life. It was Léonie’s goal for
herself as she explains: “I want to be little, so little! This is the example I want to follow. I can feel that
this is what Jesus expects of me.” (L)
During the month of December 1930, Léonie was plagued by an acute contagious viral infection
characterized by inflammation of the respiratory tract and by fever, chills, muscular pain, and prostration.
It is also called grippe. This in return eventually led to her catching pneumonia. It was thought by her
Visitation sisters that Léonie would not survive her illness. As a result she was given the “Last
Sacraments”. Pauline sent a telegram to a Carmelite brethren in Rome about her sister’s condition.
Unexpectedly, Pope Pius XI responded back to Pauline's telegram. In this telegram, he gave Léonie his
papal blessing as well as asking for her sister Thérèse’s intercession. Sister Marie Aimée, who was very
close to Léonie in the monastery, prayed before the statue of St. Thérèse in the monastery garden asking
for Thérèse’s intercession too.
Soon after Léonie received blessings upon her, she started to recover from her illness. Many of Léonie’s
Visitation sisters were impressed by Léonie’s continued devotion to the love of God and also by her
ardent desire to be in His presence throughout her difficult suffering. Sister Joseph Gabriel de Formigny,
Léonie’s infirmarian, stated: “What edification Léonie gave during her days of great suffering! I had of
admiring her faith, her love of the good God, her profound delicacy of sentiment; she does honor her
sister Thérèse, whose virtues she reproduces…” (DL)
Throughout the rest of Léonie’s life, she was plagued with a number of illnesses. Her weak immune
system did not help her to fight against colds and influenza, which passed through the monastery each
year. She also suffered from eczema, a non-contagious inflammation of the skin, characterized chiefly
by redness, itching, and the outbreak of lesions that may discharge serous matter and become
encrusted and scaly. This ravaged her entire body making it very uncomfortable for her. Like her
mother Azélie, Léonie too suffered from migraine headaches. She also lost many of her teeth causing
her to wear dentures. If not enough Rheumatism arthritis stayed with Léonie until her death leaving
her body whittled and frail. Should Léonie never be able to walk, she would, without any hesitation;
crawl on her hands and knees to receive the Blessed Sacrament. It was the true center of her religious
Prayer was an important part of Léonie’s life. It is prayer that Léonie’s heart desired constantly,
because in prayer she replies: “How I love the words, the good God operates in us; there is no need
to see or feel Him! Happily for me, that is true for I always have been and am increasingly a blockhead,
a log, and I ask Jesus to set the log on fire with the Spirit of Love.” (GV) Multiply the hours of
Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, Léonie states, “It is before the Blessed Sacrament that our
hearts and minds are prepared to receive Him. Let us also sow many “Hail Mary’s” for it is our
Immaculate Mother in heaven that will be there to save us all.”
In December of 1939, Léonie’s sister Marie contracted a cold with a very severe cough. Her illness
continued on into January and sadly her illness worsened to the point of no return. Léonie was
notified, by her other sisters Pauline and Céline, that Marie’s mortal life on earth was coming to an
end. On January 18, 1940, Léonie’s beloved sister Marie breathed her last breath on earth. As
customary, two Visitandine sisters from Léonie’s monastery were sent to the Carmelite monastery
with flowers in hand for Marie’s funeral in Lisieux.
In April of 1940, Léonie wrote a letter to her dear sisters Pauline and Céline. In this letter she
describes to her sisters how she feels about herself approaching death: “I feel that I am approaching
eternity. What joy! There is nothing sound in me except for my eyes, my heart, and my head, thanks
be to God! Complete abandonment is what I desire most... Let us, as spouses of Christ, not fear
death which we must undergo to find true life in Him.”(GV)
A ruthless German dictator named Adolph Hitler decided to invade France on May 10, 1940. The
French army thought that the Germans would attack them on the French and German border where
they had a strong line of defense. But the Germans decided to attack France through Belgium instead.
The French army made an enormous effort to stop the German army from penetrating the front lines.
However, they were no match to the German arsenal of weapons. On June 22, 1940, the French and
German governments signed an Armistice agreement that called for two different zones. One zone
occupied by the Germans and the other zone occupied by the French. Unfortunately, Caen and
Lisieux were both positioned in the German occupied zone. Léonie and her Visitation sisters could no
longer ignore what was going on outside the walls of their monastery. The Germans setup outposts in
most of the major cities in France, Caen being no exception.
Léonie made every effort to comfort her sisters who were fearful of the outcome of the German
existence. Léonie would pray ardently for the safety and security of their family members and ask her
Sainted Sister Thérèse to protect them.
As 1940 was coming to a close, Léonie’s health had become ever more deteriorated. She was no longer
able to roam the halls of her beloved monastery on her own. Mother Jeanne Marguerite de Carpentry
decided it was time for Léonie to be moved into the infirmary after she contracted bronchitis. Léonie
helped her other sisters that were also summoned to stay in the infirmary especially the ones who
were near death. Léonie was content on continuing her duties even though she was hindered by her
physical impairments as she states to one of her sisters: “Yes, I suffer much, but I don’t want to stop,
I wish to go on until the end.” (DL)
During May of 1941, Léonie contracted the grippe again. This time she was not going to be able to
defeat it. She suffered severely from the physical symptoms of the grippe along with the addition of
rheumatism arthritis. Léonie writes to her sisters Pauline and Céline: “I have become so little that I
have the audacity to believe that I will not go to purgatory. I ask my Jesus to prepare me Himself for
His coming. I, though a great sinner, can have no fear of the good God. On the contrary, it's my
extreme need of Him that gives me such confidence in Him that I dream that when I leave the arms
of our beloved mother (Mother Superior) that I will fall quite naturally into the arms of Jesus and of
my heavenly Mother. What audacity!” (GV)
At the end of May, Léonie started to show signs of improvement in her health. It was a golden
opportunity for her Visitation sisters to celebrate Léonie's birth and profession. Mother Superior took
full advantage of this opportunity and they celebrated Léonie's birthday as well as her fortieth
anniversary of her profession on June 3, 1941. Léonie joyfully celebrated with her Visitation sisters.
One of the gifts Léonie received was a message that Pauline obtained from Pope Pius XII. In the
Pope’s message he states: “We are blessed with all of our hearts, on the occasion of her 40th
anniversary of religious profession, our dear daughter in Jesus Christ, Françoise-Thérèse of the
Visitation of Caen, and through the intercession of her blessed sister Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus,
we implore for her the grace of the highest sanctification in the most fervent humility.” (DL) As
the celebration came to a close, Léonie was taken back to the infirmary. Her sisters filled the halls
of her beloved convent with the verses: “By thy sweet way, Guide us we pray, Thérèse to heaven,
to heaven, to heaven.” (DL) Léonie was filled with joy and happiness from the celebration. Mother
superior took the opportunity to escort her “living relic” back to her room.
Due to the occupation of the German army in France, the message from the Pope was delayed by
almost a year. Léonie’s 40th anniversary was in 1940. After the celebration, Léonie sent a reply to
Pope Pius XII’s message and thanked him for his gift. But the greatest gift Léonie was to receive
was from her beloved sister Pauline. Years ago, Pauline sent Saint Thérèse’s profession cross to
Léonie upon the condition that the cross would be returned after Léonie’s death. Pauline decided
to allow the Visitation convent to keep Saint Thérèse’s profession cross. She also provided a
reliquary to house the cross in so that it could be venerated.
Pauline, knowing her beloved sister was nearing an end to her life, contacted the Pope and requested
permission to allow Léonie’s body to be interned at the Carmel in Lisieux. It was an expression of
faith for all the sisters to be buried side by side in the crypt next to their beloved sainted sister Thérèse.
But Léonie wanted to be buried in the crypt of her Visitation convent. Léonie’s feeling on this issue
was that after her death that there would no longer be any communication between the Visitation
and the Carmel. Mother superior felt this same fear because the Carmel was helping them in several
ways during the German occupation of France. Pauline reassured her sister in a message sent to
Léonie: “Fear nothing, my little Léonie, if you fly to heaven, I will not fail to fly often to your Visitation;
besides, I myself will feel the need of it.” (DL)
As the weeks in June progressed, Léonie’s eyes were solely on heaven. In a conversation between her
and her mother superior she said: “The divine thief is at the door, dear mother, but do not be troubled
if He takes me in the middle of the night for I am ready; all is given, abandoned.” (DL) It was painful
for some of Léonie’s sisters to see her while she was in an enormous state of agony over the
complications from her illness. Léonie reassured them, “That it was necessary to suffer a lot before
dying because there was still more for her to climb to Calvary.” (DL) She wanted to ascend to heaven
like infants do.
On June 12th, as she did each day, Léonie started to rise for Morning Prayer. She was met with a
sudden weakness and numbness in her arms and legs on one side of her body, which caused her to
collapse onto the floor of the infirmary. When Léonie’s infirmarian arrived to help her change into
her clothes, she found her lying on the floor unconscious. The infirmarian summoned other sisters
to help her place her back into her bed. A doctor was called to examine her condition and a priest
came to deliver her the “Last Rites”. Hours after Léonie collapse, she woke up and saw her infirmarian
and other sisters beside her. Léonie immediately realized that she was paralyzed on one side and was not
able to speak anymore.
Mother Superior sent an urgent message to Pauline and Celine about their sister’s dire condition. Later
that afternoon, Pauline sent two Tourière sisters to the Visitation convent bearing flowers with prayers
and blessings. When the sisters entered into the infirmary, Léonie was visibly overjoyed to see them.
They went over and sat at her bedside giving the messages from her sisters Pauline and Céline. Mother
Superior gave Léonie her sister Marie’s rosary and her sainted sister Thérèse’s profession cross. Léonie
bore each relic in both of her hands. She then took a rose, removed the petals from it and scattered them
over her sister’s profession cross.
Léonie’s condition slowly deteriorated for the next five days. She was very week, however, she clasped
onto her sister Marie’s rosary and Thérèse’s cross close to her heart. Every day the priest would come
and give her the “Last Rites”.
On the 16th of June, Léonie held out her hands with a weak smile on her face, when her Visitation sisters
brought in a replica of the statue of Our Lady of the Smile. They recited to her some verses her sainted
sister Thérèse echoed: “To die of love, what martyrdom more sweet, I long for it, my heart’s desire!
Soon is my exile over, Oh, I entreat, Ye Cherubim, tune, tune your lire.” (DL) That evening it became
more evident that there were only hours left of her life, as the physical signs of death were visible. Mother
Superior gave Léonie a blessed candle to hold in her hand as they prayed to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel,
Our Lady of the Visitation and to St. Thérèse.
A few hours before she ascended to heaven, on the 17th of June, Léonie again scattered rose petals that
Pauline and Céline had gathered in the Carmelite garden. She placed them over Thérèse’s profession
cross. Mother Superior brought Léonie up into her arms and hugged her twice, once for Pauline and
once for Céline. She placed Léonie’s head back on her pillow. Léonie sighs a couple of times as her soul
was starting its ascension to heaven. The Lord she loved called her home.
Léonie’s Visitation sisters gathered around her bed and sang the “Magnificat”. They prepared her body
for her funeral. Léonie’s hands were placed together clutching St. Thérèse’s profession cross and her
head laid upon a white pillow. The sisters placed a ring of white roses around her head and wrapped a
garland of flowers all around her body. Léonie’s beautiful smile still encompassed her face as she lay
peacefully. Her body was carried to the chapel choir where those that came to pay their respects could
see her in all her splendor.
As news spread throughout the world of Léonie’s Holy Ascent, people came from all over the world.
As the days leading up to her funeral came, more and more people turned out to pay their respects,
even though the Germans occupied Caen. Numerous letters of condolences were sent to the Visitation
monastery and also to the Carmelite monastery in Lisieux where Pauline and Céline lived.
The funeral for Sister Françoise-Thérèse, Marie Leonie Martin was held on June 21, 1941 conducted
by Monsignor Germain. A large crowd of mourners surrounded Léonie’s coffin and followed the
procession to the end, as the Visitation sisters looked on. Léonie’s body was then carried into the
Visitation monastery and placed in an interior crypt where her body still lies today.
Written by: R. Hann
Abbé Combes, ed. Collected Letters Of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux . (CL)
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Death Announcement of Sr Francoise-Therese Martin, UnpubIished transcript from the Monastery of the Visitation in Caen, France. 1941 (DL)
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