St. Therese of Lisieux Church, Brooklyn, NY

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Welcome to St. Therese of Lisieux R. C. Church

St. Therese of Lisieux Parish was founded in 1926 to serve the growing community of Catholics in Brooklyn.

The parish of St. Therese consists of over 1000 families. A majority of the members trace their roots to the Caribbean region. The facilities include the St. Catherine of Genoa/St. Therese of Lisieux Academy which serves children from Pre-3K through 8th grade.

Our patron saint was born Therese Martin on January 2, 1873 in Alencon, France. She was the last of nine children born to Louis and Zelie Martin. Her mother died when she was 4 years old. Therese was raised by her father who referred to her as his “Little Queen.” At age 14, Therese experienced a life-changing conversion. At age 15 she entered the Carmelite convent in Lisieux fulfilling a lifelong desire. Upon entering the convent, she took the names St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. Living a life of prayer behind the convent walls, St. Therese developed great intimacy with God. Through prayer based on the Holy Scriptures and hours of meditation before the Blessed Sacrament, St. Therese discovered her “little way”, an approach to grow closer to God. After a long struggle with tuberculosis, St. Therese died on September 30, 1897 at the early age of 25.

After her death, St. Therese quickly gained popularity among the faithful. She was canonized by Pope Pius XI on May 17, 1925. On October 19, 1997, Pope John Paul II declared her a Doctor of the Church. St. Therese, also known as the Little Flower, is referred to as the “greatest saint of modern times”.