Saint Thérèse of Lisieux in the Carmelite Brown Scapular, 1895
There is mounting excitement amongst the Catholic community in Leicestershire as the bones of Saint Thérèse are to visit the Diocese.
The relics of the 24-year-old French nun will be based at Nottingham Cathedral on 5 and 6 October 2009.
The remains, in an ornate coffin, are expected to attract huge numbers of devotees during the national tour.
St. Thérèse de Liseux is known today because of her spiritual autobiography "The Story of My Soul".
Thérèse herself is reported as saying: "I would like to travel over the whole earth" and her bones have already visited many countries.
But this is the first time that they have been to Britain.
Organiser of the tour, Magister Keith Barltrop, believes she was a woman with wise words.
"She seems to have something to say to everyone, whether we are Catholic, belong to another Christian church or are of another faith; whether we are a believer or not, or are searching for a meaning to life, or for our place in God's plan."
Who was this remarkable woman?
Thérèse 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 that honour.
Here fame rests on her very popular spiritual autobiography "The Story of My Soul".
This is now seen as a spiritual classic as profound as it is simply written.
St. Thérèse wore an image of the Holy Face on her heart
In the book she sees God not as remote or terrible but rather as a brother or intimate friend.
For this reason she is beloved of many ordinary Catholics. They can easily relate to Thérèse and the God she describes.
She has been the occasion of many miracles.
Indeed, according to some biographies of Edith Piaf in 1922, at the time an unknown seven-year-old girl, was cured from blindness after pilgrimage to the grave of Thérèse, at the time not yet formally canonised.
"My mission - to make God loved - will begin after my death," she said. "I will spend my heaven doing good on earth. I will let fall a shower of roses."
The relics can be seen at these nearby places:
19 - 21 September 2009
, St. Chad's Queensway, B4 6EU
Tel: 0121 2362251
21 - 22 September 2009
Sacred Heart and St. Teresa, 67 Coventry Road, Coleshill, Birmingham, B46 3EA
Tel: 01675 463939
5 - 6 October 2009
, Derby Road, NG1 5AE.
Tel: 0115 9539839