|Birth: ||Aug. 17, 1870|
Departement de l'Orne
|Death: ||Oct. 8, 1870|
Departement de l'Orne
Original burial place of St. Thérèse. It contains the graves of members of her family and others who knew her.
To reach the cemetery continue on up the Avenue Sainte Thérèse past the Basilica, joining the Avenue Jean XXIII. About one kilometre beyond the Basilica you will find the Cemetery on your right. The directions below are given from the first entrance past the Basilica. There is car parking further up the hill and another entrance to the cemetery.
In her testimony at Thérèse's tribunal for Beatification Céline said: Sister Thérèse's body was buried publicly in Lisieux cemetery; hers was the first grave in the new plot acquired by the Carmel.
Immediately after passing through the cemetery gate, at the bottom of the steps at the end of the slope, turn left, then keep straight along on the same level. A little way along (approximately 100 metres), to your left you will see the grave of the Martin family. It is marked with a large round stone Cross which is surrounded by yew trees. The monument carries the inscription Famille Martin. O Crux Ave, Spes unica! La race des justes sera bénie. (Hail Holy Cross, Our only hope! The race of the just will be blessed). After the death of Thérèse's father in 1894, Isidore Guérin had the family grave moved from Alencon and it was here that both Thérèse's parents rested until their exhumation on October 13, 1958. It is still the gravesite of Grandmother Martin, Grandfather Guérin and Thérèse's four little brothers and sisters who died in infancy.
Marie Hélène, born October 13, 1864, died February 22, 1870.
Marie Joseph Louis, born September 20, 1866, died February 14, 1867.
Marie Joseph Jean Baptiste, born December 19, 1867, died August 24, 1868.
Marie Melanie Thérèse, born August 17, 1870, died October 8, 1870.
Thérèse tells how she turned to these little ones when she was still suffering from scruples after her eldest sister, Marie, entered Carmel:
No longer able to confide in Marie I turned towards Heaven. I addressed myself to the four angels who had preceded me there, for I thought that those innocent souls, having never known troubles nor fear, would have pity on their poor little sister who was suffering on earth. I spoke to them with the simplicity of a child, pointing out that being the youngest of the family, I was always the most loved, the most covered with my sisters' tender cares, that if they had remained on earth they, too, would have given me proofs of their affection. Their departure for Heaven did not appear to me as a reason for forgetting me; on the contrary, finding themselves in a position to draw from the Divine Treasures, they had to take peace for me from those Treasures and thus show me that in Heaven they still knew how to love! The answer was not long in coming, for soon peace came to inundate my soul with its delightful waves and I knew then that if I was loved on earth, I was also loved in Heaven. Since that moment, my devotion for my little brothers and sisters has grown.
A little further along you will come to a flight of steps on your left, climb these steps and turn right, following the path along by the hedge. You will see a white statue of St. Thérèse and to the right, behind it, a wooden Cross encased in glass. The Cross marks the place of Thérèse‘s original grave. She was buried here on October 4, 1897. Here the first pilgrims came to pray at her grave and the first miracles took place. The Cross has been cleaned and restored, the words on it were written by Pauline, I want to spend my Heaven doing good on earth. Words Thérèse had said to her in July 1897. On September 6, 1910 Thérèse's body was exhumed from this grave and placed in a cemented vault beneath the place where the white statue now stands. Thérèse's remains rested here until March 25, 1923 when they were transferred to her Shrine in Carmel. Also buried in this plot are Thérèse's Prioress, Mother Marie de Gonzague, her novice mistress, Sister Marie of the Angels and some of the sisters instructed by Thérèse in the novitiate. Their names can be seen at the foot of the white statue. This plot is still in use and more recent Carmelite graves can also be seen.
It was Thérèse's uncle, Isidore Guérin, who bought the plot for Carmel next to his own. The name of his younger daughter, Sister Marie of the Eucharist, can be seen on the base of the white statue facing her family grave. The Guérin-Fournet-La Néele grave stands next to the white statue and contains the bodies of Thérèse's uncle, Isidore Guérin (1841-1909) his wife Céline, née Fournet (1847-1900) and his daughter and son-in-law, Jeanne (1868-1938) and Francis La Néele (1858-1916).
Going back down the flight of steps you will find yourself in the area of the cemetery where many priests are buried. Turn along the first path to your left, the fourth grave along is the grave of Abbé Alcide Ducellier (1849-1916) a priest at the Cathedral of St. Pierre. He heard Thérèse's first confession and remained her confessor until she began school at the Benedictine Convent. He was one of those who gave his testimony at the tribunal for Thérèse's Beatification. Thérèse writing about her first confession said:
I made my confession in a great spirit of faith, even asking you (Pauline) if I had to tell Father Ducellier I loved him with all my heart as it was to God in person I was speaking… Father encouraged me to be devout to the Blessed Virgin and I promised myself to redouble my tenderness for her.
The grave of Canon Delatröette (1818-1895), parish priest of St. Jacques and Ecclesiastical Superior of the Lisieux Carmel, is along the path continuing straight on from the steps; it is the third grave on the left past the place where the paths cross. It was Canon Delatröette who opposed Thérèse's entry to Carmel at such an early age, but he was finally won over to appreciate her during the influenza epidemic of 1892, when for a time he allowed her to receive Holy Communion daily, an unusual privilege at that time. He was at last able to say of Thérèse, She shows great promise for this Community.
Louis Joseph-Aloys-Stanislaus Martin (1823 - 1894)
Azélie-Marie Guérin Martin (1831 - 1877)
Marie du Sacré-Cœur Martin (1860 - 1940)*
Agnès de Jésus Martin (1861 - 1951)*
Françoise-Thérèse Martin (1863 - 1941)*
Marie-Hélène Martin (1864 - 1870)*
Marie-Joseph Louis Martin (1866 - 1867)*
Marie-Joseph Jean-Baptiste Martin (1867 - 1868)*
Geneviève de la Sainte-Face Martin (1869 - 1959)*
Marie-Melanie Thérèse Martin (1870 - 1870)
Thérèse of Lisieux (1873 - 1897)*
O Crux Ave, Spes unica!
La race des justes sera bénie.
Hail Holy Cross, Our only hope!
The race of the just will be blessed.
Lisieux Communal Cemetery
Departement du Calvados
Created by: Mémoriaux Atlantique
Record added: May 04, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 51990376