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Ancient bones brought to the West

A black and White photograph of Teresa as a young girl
St Teresa's diaries were published by her sister

The 112-year-old remains of a French saint will be put on display at two churches in the West which are named after her.

Therese was born in 1873 in Lisieux in France. She lived as a cloistered Carmelite nun for 10 years and during that time she wrote a book called Story of a Soul which became so popular after her death, there were calls to have her canonised.

She did not go on missions, and never founded a religious order. She ultimately became well known when her diaries were published by her sister, to more than 2,000 convents. She was just 24 when she died.

Her mortal remains will go on show inside the Church of St Therese of Lisieux in Filton on Wednesday, 23 September 2009, after spending a day at a church on Eastwick Road in Taunton also named after her.

Father Tom Finnegan from the Church of St Therese of Lisieux in Filton says: "Personally it's an opportunity to reflect on my own faith.

Tom Finnegan
During her life she became a great example of how to be a good disciple.
Father Tom Finnegan

"Fifteen coach loads of people are expected here on the day her relics arrive.

"The highlight will be a mass at 7pm, and there are likely to be 500 people here for that."

Therese's bones have travelled all around the world, visiting Catholic churches, but this is the first time they've come to the UK.

"Interestingly her remains will be going to Wormwood Scrubs Jail, while they're in England.

"She had a love for people whose lives had fallen by the wayside, and she often used to pray for them that their lives would be transformed and reconciled in a good way."

"During her life she became a great example of how to be a good disciple."

After her relics come to South Gloucestershire later this month, the remains of the 19th Century saint will be taken to venues in Liverpool and York.

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