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Nun's relics in rare visit to city
The relics of St Teresa of Lisieux, on show in Taunton
Hundreds viewed the relics at the parish church of St Teresa of Lisieux, Taunton

Hundreds of people are expected in Filton on Wednesday, 23 September, 2009 as the remains of a 19th Century saint go on show.

The relics of French nun Saint Thérèse de Lisieux will be on display at St Teresa of the Child Jesus Church on Gloucester Road.

An ornate coffin has been specially made to house the relics on their first tour of the UK - 2000 people viewed the remains in Taunton last weekend.

She was described by Pope Pius X as "the greatest saint of modern times".

Therese de Lisieux (1873-1897), a Carmelite nun, was canonised in 1925 and is recognised as a Doctor of the Church - one of only three women to receive the honour.

Her fame rests on her very popular spiritual autobiography "The Story of My Soul".

Pilgrims will come by coach from all over the west country to the church with the honour of being one of the first parishes to be named in after St Thérèse of Lisieux.

As a result, generations in this busy suburb north of Bristol have grown-up knowing her and learning about her 'Little Way'.

'Much-loved saint'

One such person, Father Michael McAndrew, first became acquainted with the much-loved saint when as a teenager.

He often travelled from his home in Withywood, to visit friends and attend Mass at St Teresa's in the 1970s.

Father Michael said: "The Parish Priest would often speak about St Thérèse and I became fascinated by this young person who had such a vibrant faith and simple way of speaking about God.

"St Thérèse teaches that the way of the Gospel is to place our faith in God and all that he does for us. She seems to have had a word for each stage of my life."

Father Michael, the Parish Priest of St Francis of Assisi in Nailsea, serves on the national committee that organised the tour.

He also composed the national prayer for the visit of St Thérèse to England and Wales.

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