The relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux arrived in Sydney yesterday ahead of a four-month national pilgrimage, but the relics of her parents Sts Louis and Zélie Martin failed to arrive due to a “logistical issue”. Source: Catholic Mission.
The relics of St Thérèse were safely received by representatives from InvoCare and their subsidiary, WN Bull Funerals. They are currently at the Carmel Varroville, where they were officially welcomed in an afternoon ceremony.
However, Catholic Mission and InvoCare were informed yesterday by Singapore Airlines that a logistical issue prevented the relics of Sts Louis and Zélie from arriving.
Catholic Mission and InvoCare are closely monitoring the situation and working with Singapore Airlines to ensure the secure and timely arrival of the relics.
Despite the unexpected delay, Catholic Mission National Director Fr Brian Lucas said the arrival of St Thérèse is a welcome sight for Catholics in Australia.
“After two years of preparation and eighteen years since her last visit, Australians now have the opportunity to express devotion for St Thérèse by visiting venues around the country that are hosting her relics,” Fr Lucas said.
The full itinerary can be found on Catholic Mission’s website, as well as devotional resources, prayers and a song composed by Richard Cootes, which can be used by schools and communities during the pilgrimage.
St Thérèse arrives in Sydney but where are her parents (Catholic Mission)