Léonie would visit the Carmelite monastery on a daily basis to get an update
on her sister’s condition. On September 30th, as the hours for
Thérèse were
drawing to a close, Léonie and her aunt Céline and uncle Isidore went to the
Carmelite chapel to pray for her.
Pauline wrote a small note and gave it to a
lay sister, which in turn handed it to Léonie in the chapel that told her that
her sister’s soul had ascended to heaven.  A few days later, Léonie led the
funeral procession at the Carmelite chapel.
Thérèse’s body was laid to rest at
the local cemetery in Lisieux.

During this course of time, Léonie continued to stay in contact with the sisters
at the Visitation monastery.  She would visit them periodically in Caen when
she went to stay with her cousin Jeanne.  Between Léonie’s second departure
from the monastery and her final entrance, a lot of the sisters at the monastery
had passed away. This led the Visitation monastery, in Caen, to accept a couple
of sisters from the Visitation monastery in Boulogne-sur-Mer. A few months
later, one of the new sisters from Boulogne-sur-Mer was elected Mother
Superior. Mother Jeanne-Marguerite Decarpentry brought a different adaptation
to the Visitation Rule, which in turn allowed Léonie and her fellow sisters that
left previously an opportunity to come back.

Weeks prior to
Thérèse's death, Thérèse had a conversation with her sister
Marie. She stated that after her death, Léonie would be reunited with her
sisters at the Visitation in Caen. She also stated that Léonie would be there
serving God until her death. This vision that
Thérèse had stated to Marie had
came true years later on January 28, 1899.

Léonie, escorted by her uncle Isidore, entered the doors of the Visitation
monastery after her religious ceremony took place and she entered the
monastery for the final time on January 30th.  Léonie stated to her new Mother
Superior: “I am here for always, this is my sole ambition: to hide myself like a
humble violet under the leaves of perfect submission, so that my superiors can
do with me whatever the wish.” (GV)

On June 30,1899, Léonie received her holy habit and took the name Sister
Françoise-Thérèse. The ceremony took place under the direction of Canon
Levasseur. She then continued on with her novitiate under the direction of
Sister Louise Henriette Vaugeois. Léonie was very attached to her due to
her humility, simplicity and gentleness towards her. Unfortunately, Sister
Louise was requested to return back to her old monastery in Boulogne-sur-Mer.

Sister Marie Aimée de Songnis took over the reins of Léonie’s training. Sister
Marie Aimée was much different than her predecessor. She was more stringent
on following the Visitation Rule. This in return led Léonie into a depressed state
of mind.  It was very difficult for Léonie to learn the Rule quickly enough so
that she would not fall into the dismay of her directress. Léonie’s sisters
Pauline and Céline were once again alarmed and dreaded the thought of history
repeating itself. They were fearful that Léonie would be forced to leave the
monastery once more. Through the encouragement of her sisters at Carmel
and the intercession through her beloved aunt Sister Marie-Dosithée and her
Thérèse, Léonie survived this trial. Léonie stated in a letter to her sisters
at Carmel: “Surviving the pressures of the earth: To win heaven, it is necessary
to suffer and to suffer greatly. True peace is the acceptance of each trial given.
After we have completed our exile, there will be heaven eternally, while we
wait, it is necessary that we attach ourselves to the cross. From the cross to
heaven is only one step.”  (GV)

Sister Marie Aimée decided that Léonie was ready to become a professed nun.
On July 2, 1900, Léonie’s novitiate ended and she professed her final vows.
The ceremony took place under the direction of Canon Levasseur. Léonie
received her profession cross, the cross that cost her so many tears, however,
Léonie was content on living the rest of her life as a Visitation nun.

It was decided by the Mother Superior of the community that Léonie’s jobs
would be to assistant Bursar, nurse, to assistant in the refectory and assistant
in the sacristy. Léonie’s duties to assistant Bursar were to ensure that
everything in the convent was arranged accordingly. Her nursing duties in the
infirmary were taking care of the needs of the sick and aged nuns. She assisted
the sisters in the refractory who prepared the two meals that the community
received daily. Léonie’s duties in the sacristy were prepping the linens,
corporals, palls, and purificators for Mass.  

Léonie lent her support and attention to the needs of the new postulants who
were, as she did, having difficulties in adhering to the Visitation Rule. Even
though her duties were not always in a leadership role, she accepted her tasks
joyfully. Léonie was forced to make many sacrifices in her work. With great
humility, she used these opportunities to offer them to God and use them for
the opportunity of saving souls, in particularity for priests.

Léonie was given a brief opportunity to see her sister
Pauline in 1902.
Pauline and Mother Marie de Gonzaga were traveling to a city called Valognes
located in the northwestern part of Normandy on business. This was a special
gift for Léonie because she thought she would never see her sister ever again
after she entered the Visitation.

During the early part of the 1900’s,
Thérèse had come to be well known by
many people in France. The book “Story of a Soul” was widely read by many
people and they had sought out her protection and intercession. The process
Thérèse’s canonization for sainthood had started. In 1910, Léonie was
asked by Bishop Lemonnier of Bayeux and Lisieux to prepare a deposition on
the virtues of
Thérèse. On November 27th, Léonie and her Mother Superior
Jeanne-Marguerite Decarpentry traveled to Bayeux to see the Bishop. Léonie
testified on her account of
Thérèse’s virtues.  During this event they both
stayed at the Benedictine Monastery.

The interest in
Thérèse also brought interest in Léonie as well as her surviving
sisters. People would come to the Visitation monastery and ask to see Léonie
and see if she would pray to her sister
Thérèse for intercession on their behalf.
Léonie would always honor their requests.

As 1914 approached, the threat of war was eminent. As World War I started
it had major effect on the Visitation community as well as other religious
communities. The Germans advanced into France through Belgium’s border
and occupied the northeastern half of the country. Even though during this time,
Léonie and her sisters were miles away from the front lines, they were asked to
make sacrifices for the war effort. Food was rationed for everyone as well as
medicines and other much needed supplies. The majority of the supplies were
sent to the front lines for the support of the French soldiers. Léonie was very
concerned about the health and safety of her sisters
Marie, Pauline, and Céline
at the Carmelite monastery in Lisieux due to the rationing of supplies. Her
sisters reassured Léonie, that they were all right.  When the war came to the
end, all of them survived the horrors.

On September 30, 1912, while Léonie was chanting the Holy Office, an
apparition of her sister
Thérèse’s hands appeared to her on her book. This
apparition affirmed to Léonie that her sister was always with her. Léonie and
Thérèse had a very close relationship. She looked upon Thérèse as being a guiding light to the way of perfection. This
experience encouraged Léonie to work harder at becoming a saint.

The canonization process for
Thérèse progressed rapidly on April 9, 1915. A second examination of Thérèse’s virtues was
required for the Apostolic Process. The examination of these virtues would take place at the Carmelite monastery in Lisieux.
To this great joy, Léonie and her Mother Superior Jeanne-Marguerite traveled to the Carmelite monastery. Léonie had not
seen her sisters in seventeen years. It was an exciting eight days for Léonie and what a blessing it was to see her beloved
Marie, Pauline, and Céline. It was also a great joy to see where her sister Thérèse lived and worked. Léonie remarked:
“As we were sitting down together on the steps of Carmel, it was like nothing had changed. It was as if we were together at
Les Buissonnets once more.” The time came for Léonie to depart the Carmelite monastery and the examination of
sisters was over. Léonie, yet again, had to say her goodbyes to her sisters. This time it was to be forever until they all saw
each other again in heaven. The Carmelite sisters arranged a song for Léonie’s departure, which was a very touching gift for
her to receive.

Once Léonie returned to the Visitation monastery in Caen, it was very difficult for her to adjust. The separation from her
sisters and the challenges of practicing the “Little Way” were taking a huge toll on her emotionally.  She was fearful of letting
herself down as well as her sisters. Léonie remarked: “I belong to a family of saints and I must not blemish that heritage.”
(GV)  Léonie always looked upon her sister
Pauline as a saint. She revered the Carmelite prioress as a person with such great
virtues. Moreover, Léonie persisted and returned to the practice of being hidden, following the footsteps of her sister
one step at a time. Léonie’s main objective was to be a living example of God’s love, the same love that he has for each and
every one of us. She sought out her own measure of obedience to God to further her practice of humility, a virtue that was
one of her favorites to practice. She devoted many of her prayers for the Pope, the Church, her communities, and others that

Léonie constantly examined the progress of her way to perfection and came to the conclusion about where she was by
stating: “I am so poor, so little, so weak-but I rejoice in being so, for it makes me more open to His consuming and
transforming love and I could not be more self-abandoned. I believe I have reached the point where God wishes me to be, for
I love what He does above all else; I do not want to choose anything at all.” (L) However, Léonie continued to work
feverishly on her goals of becoming more humble. She made every opportunity to  withdraw herself more and more from the
spotlight working harder to be counted as nothing. Described by her Visitation sisters, Leonie displayed pure gentleness,
exuberant joy, and great humility with much simplicity.

Reflecting back on her difficult childhood, there was one person who sought forgiveness from Léonie, Louise Marais, the
maid. She had inflicted both emotional and physical abuse on Léonie when she was a child.  Louise was not allowed to have
any contact with Léonie. However, Louise was able to communicate to Léonie in an effort to receive Léonie’s forgiveness
Marie. Léonie thanked her for helping take care of her mother when she had breast cancer and also forgave her for
the way she was treated by her.  

On August 10, 1917, a second exhumation of
Thérèse’s remains took place. Léonie had always hoped for a relic of her sister
Thérèse since her death. Thankfully, while her sister Céline was wrapping Thérèse’s relics in silk linens, a molar had fallen
out of its place. It was decided that the molar would be given to Léonie. The arrival of the relic, from
Thérèse to the
Visitation monastery, was a joyous blessing for Léonie and her sisters in Caen.

On March 26, 1923,
Thérèse’s relics were brought to the Carmelite Monastery in Lisieux. A beautifully decorated carriage
carrying her relics rode from the Lisieux cemetery in a procession down the streets of Lisieux to be interned at the Carmelite
Thérèse’s beatification was going to take place on April 29th. As a kind gesture to Léonie, the carriage was brought to
the Visitation monastery in Caen to include her in the ceremony and to show her the beautiful carriage where her sister’s
relics were placed.

Shortly after the beatification process,
Thérèse’s canonization was taking place. On May 17, 1925, Léonie’s sister became St.
Thérèse of the Child Jesus. A beautiful ceremony took place in Rome to celebrate the newly canonized saint. Pope Pius XI
extended an invitation for
Thérèse’s sisters Marie, Pauline, Léonie, and Céline to attend the ceremony in Rome. The
invitation was declined by all of them. The decision to decline the invitation was so that they could continue their work in the
monastery as a cloistered nun thus not interfering with community life. But in the place of their absence, two Tourière sisters
from the Visitation monastery went to Rome to represent them.  Léonie had a special request for one of the sisters. She
asked the sister if she would kiss the foot of Pope Pius XI, a demonstration to the Pontiff a sign of her faith in him.  

On September 28th, Cardinal Vico, a representative of Pope XI, came to Caen to visit Léonie. Léonie knelt before him as an
act of her faithfulness to him and the Pope. Léonie, like her sisters, prayed in particular for the Pope, priests and also the
preservation of the sovereign Church. Cardinal Vico delivered a portrait of Pope Pius XI to celebrate Léonie’s twenty-five
years as a Visitation nun. The portrait contained an inscription of a blessing for her to honor this occasion.
Pauline had sent a
statue of
Thérèse to the Visitation convent, which was placed in the garden. Cardinal Vico had the honor of blessing the
statue while he was there.

Due to the overwhelming interest in
Thérèse, many visitors came to the Visitation monastery to see Léonie. Léonie, being an
assistant portress, would answer the door without acknowledging to them that it was she who they were speaking to. For
Léonie, it was an opportunity for her to practice her humility.  Most of them would request for her to pray to her sister
Thérèse for their intentions and she would always honor their requests. Léonie never sought out intercession from her sister
Thérèse for herself.  She knew that all that she received was enough for what she needed.  A visitor who wanted to interview
Léonie approached her at the monastery. He wanted to find out more information about her mother Azélie. Léonie complied
with his request and she stated that it was her mother, Azélie, who taught her humility, simplicity, and detachment from
worldly things. Léonie always viewed her as a saint. Léonie was then asked to write the forward to the book:
The Little
Flower’s Mother.
 Léonie also wrote a message to the Little Flower Society: “If we must please the Little Flower, we must
be humbled as she was, and we will be humble if we will repeat frequently every day: Jesus, meek and humble of heart,
make my heart like unto thine.” (CW) Léonie vowed to pray every day for sister
Thérèse to watch over them.

In her interview, she was asked why she too did not become a Carmelite nun like her sisters. Léonie replied she was where
God wanted her to be and one of the graces that her sister
Thérèse gave her was to preserve her devotion to the Visitation
Order. Léonie's first affiliation with the Visitation Order was through her aunt, Sister Marie-Dosithée. There was a great
connection and admiration between Léonie and her aunt and she looked forward to following her in her footsteps, thus
initially taking the name Sister Françoise-Dosithée in one of Léonie’s early attempts at religious life. It was Léonie’s goal for
herself as she explains: “I want to be little, so little! This is the example I want to follow. I can feel that this is what Jesus
expects of me.” (L)

During the month of December 1930, Léonie was plagued by an acute contagious viral infection characterized by
inflammation of the respiratory tract and by fever, chills, muscular pain, and prostration. It is also called grippe.  This in
return eventually led to her catching pneumonia.  It was thought by her Visitation sisters that Léonie would not survive her
illness.  As a result she was given the “Last Sacraments”.  
Pauline sent a telegram to a Carmelite brethren in Rome about her
sister’s condition. Unexpectedly, Pope Pius XI responded back to
Pauline's telegram. In this telegram, he gave Léonie his
papal blessing as well as asking for her sister
Thérèse’s intercession. Sister Marie Aimée, who was very close to Léonie in the
monastery, prayed before the statue of St.
Thérèse in the monastery garden asking for Thérèse’s intercession too.

Soon after Léonie received blessings upon her, she started to recover from her illness. Many of Léonie’s Visitation sisters
were impressed by Léonie’s continued devotion to the love of God and also by her ardent desire to be in His presence
throughout her difficult suffering. Sister Joseph Gabriel de Formigny, Léonie’s infirmarian, stated: “What edification Léonie
gave during her days of great suffering! I had of admiring her faith, her love of the good God, her profound delicacy of
sentiment; she does honor her sister
Thérèse, whose virtues she reproduces…” (DL)

Throughout the rest of Léonie’s life, she was plagued with a number of illnesses. Her weak immune system did not help her
to fight against colds and influenza, which passed through the monastery each year. She also suffered from eczema, a non-
contagious inflammation of the skin, characterized chiefly by redness, itching, and the outbreak of lesions that may discharge
serous matter and become encrusted and scaly.  This ravaged her entire body making it very uncomfortable for her. Like her
mother Azélie, Léonie too suffered from migraine headaches. She also lost many of her teeth causing her to wear dentures. If
not enough Rheumatism arthritis stayed with Léonie until her death leaving her body whittled and frail. Should Léonie never
be able to walk, she would, without any hesitation; crawl on her hands and knees to receive the Blessed Sacrament. It was
the true center of her religious life. (GV)

Prayer was an important part of Léonie’s life.  It is prayer that Léonie’s heart desired constantly, because in prayer she
replies: “How I love the words, the good God operates in us; there is no need to see or feel Him! Happily for me, that is true
for I always have been and am increasingly a blockhead, a log, and I ask Jesus to set the log on fire with the Spirit of Love.”
(GV)   Multiply the hours of Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, Léonie states, “It is before the Blessed Sacrament that
our hearts and minds are prepared to receive Him. Let us also sow many “Hail Mary’s” for it is our Immaculate Mother in
heaven that will be there to save us all.”

In December of 1939, Léonie’s sister
Marie contracted a cold with a very severe cough. Her illness continued on into January
and sadly her illness worsened to the point of no return. Léonie was notified, by her other sisters
Pauline and Céline, that
Marie’s mortal life on earth was coming to an end. On January 18, 1940, Léonie’s beloved sister Marie breathed her last
breath on earth. As customary, two Visitandine sisters from Léonie’s monastery were sent to the Carmelite monastery with
flowers in hand for
Marie’s funeral in Lisieux.

In April of 1940, Léonie wrote a letter to her dear sisters
Pauline and Céline. In this letter she describes to her sisters how she
feels about herself approaching death: “I feel that I am approaching eternity. What joy! There is nothing sound in me except
for my eyes, my heart, and my head, thanks be to God! Complete abandonment is what I desire most... Let us, as spouses of
Christ, not fear death which we must undergo to find true life in Him.”(GV)

A ruthless German dictator named Adolph Hitler decided to invade France on May 10, 1940. The French army thought that
the Germans would attack them on the French and German border where they had a strong line of defense. But the Germans
decided to attack France through Belgium instead. The French army made an enormous effort to stop the German army from
penetrating the front lines. However, they were no match to the German arsenal of weapons. On June 22, 1940, the French
and German governments signed an Armistice agreement that called for two different zones. One zone occupied by the
Germans and the other zone occupied by the French. Unfortunately, Caen and Lisieux were both positioned in the German
occupied zone. Léonie and her Visitation sisters could no longer ignore what was going on outside the walls of their
monastery. The Germans setup outposts in most of the major cities in France, Caen being no exception.

Léonie made every effort to comfort her sisters who were fearful of the outcome of the German existence. Léonie would
pray ardently for the safety and security of their family members and ask her Sainted Sister
Thérèse to protect them.

As 1940 was coming to a close, Léonie’s health had become ever more deteriorated. She was no longer able to roam the halls
of her beloved monastery on her own. Mother Jeanne Marguerite de Carpentry decided it was time for Léonie to be moved
into the infirmary after she contracted bronchitis. Léonie helped her other sisters that were also summoned to stay in the
infirmary especially the ones who were near death. Léonie was content on continuing her duties even though she was
hindered by her physical impairments as she states to one of her sisters: “Yes, I suffer much, but I don’t want to stop, I wish
to go on until the end.” (DL)

During May of 1941, Léonie contracted the grippe again. This time she was not going to be able to defeat it. She suffered
severely from the physical symptoms of the grippe along with the addition of rheumatism arthritis. Léonie writes to her sisters
Pauline and Céline: “I have become so little that I have the audacity to believe that I will not go to purgatory. I ask my Jesus
to prepare me Himself for His coming. I, though a great sinner, can have no fear of the good God. On the contrary, it's my
extreme need of Him that gives me such confidence in Him that I dream that when I leave the arms of our beloved mother
(Mother Superior) that I will fall quite naturally into the arms of Jesus and of my heavenly Mother. What audacity!” (GV)

At the end of May, Léonie started to show signs of improvement in her health. It was a golden opportunity for her Visitation
sisters to celebrate Léonie's birth and profession. Mother Superior took full advantage of this opportunity and they celebrated
Léonie's birthday as well as her fortieth anniversary of her profession on June 3, 1941. Léonie joyfully celebrated with her
Visitation sisters.

One of the gifts Léonie received was a message that
Pauline obtained from Pope Pius XII. In the Pope’s message he states:
“We are blessed with all of our hearts, on the occasion of her 40th anniversary of religious profession, our dear daughter in
Jesus Christ, Françoise-Thérèse of the Visitation of Caen, and through the intercession of her blessed sister
Saint Thérèse of
the Child Jesus, we implore for her the grace of the highest sanctification in the most fervent humility.” (DL)  As the
celebration came to a close, Léonie was taken back to the infirmary. Her sisters filled the halls of her beloved convent with
the verses: “By thy sweet way, Guide us we pray,
Thérèse to heaven, to heaven, to heaven.” (DL)  Léonie was filled with
joy and happiness from the celebration. Mother superior took the opportunity to escort her “living relic” back to her room.

Due to the occupation of the German army in France, the message from the Pope was delayed by almost a year. Léonie’s
40th anniversary was in 1940. After the celebration, Léonie sent a reply to Pope Pius XII’s message and thanked him for his
gift.  But the greatest gift Léonie was to receive was from her beloved sister
Pauline. Years ago, Pauline sent Saint Thérèse’s
profession cross to Léonie upon the condition that the cross would be returned after Léonie’s death.
Pauline decided to allow
the Visitation convent to keep
Saint Thérèse’s profession cross. She also provided a reliquary to house the cross in so that it
could be venerated.

Pauline, knowing her beloved sister was nearing an end to her life, contacted the Pope and requested permission to allow
Léonie’s body to be interned at the Carmel in Lisieux. It was an expression of faith for all the sisters to be buried side by side
in the crypt next to their beloved sainted sister
Thérèse.  But Léonie wanted to be buried in the crypt of her Visitation
convent. Léonie’s feeling on this issue was that after her death that there would no longer be any communication between the
Visitation and the Carmel.  Mother superior felt this same fear because the Carmel was helping them in several ways during
the German occupation of France.
Pauline reassured her sister in a message sent to Léonie: “Fear nothing, my little Léonie, if
you fly to heaven, I will not fail to fly often to your Visitation; besides, I myself will feel the need of it.” (DL)

As the weeks in June progressed, Léonie’s eyes were solely on heaven. In a conversation between her and her mother
superior she said: “The divine thief is at the door, dear mother, but do not be troubled if He takes me in the middle of the
night for I am ready; all is given, abandoned.” (DL)  It was painful for some of Léonie’s sisters to see her while she was in an
enormous state of agony over the complications from her illness. Léonie reassured them, “That it was necessary to suffer a
lot before dying because there was still more for her to climb to Calvary.” (DL)  She wanted to ascend to heaven like infants

On June 12th, as she did each day, Léonie started to rise for Morning Prayer. She was met with a sudden weakness and
numbness in her arms and legs on one side of her body, which caused her to collapse onto the floor of the infirmary. When
Léonie’s infirmarian arrived to help her change into her clothes, she found her lying on the floor unconscious. The infirmarian
summoned other sisters to help her place her back into her bed. A doctor was called to examine her condition and a priest
came to deliver her the “Last Rites”. Hours after Léonie collapse, she woke up and saw her infirmarian and other sisters
beside her. Léonie immediately realized that she was paralyzed on one side and was not able to speak anymore.

Mother Superior sent an urgent message to
Pauline and Celine about their sister’s dire condition. Later that afternoon, Pauline
sent two Tourière sisters to the Visitation convent bearing flowers with prayers and blessings. When the sisters entered into
the infirmary, Léonie was visibly overjoyed to see them. They went over and sat at her bedside giving the messages from her
Pauline and Céline.  Mother Superior gave Léonie her sister Marie’s rosary and her sainted sister Thérèse’s profession
cross. Léonie bore each relic in both of her hands. She then took a rose, removed the petals from it and scattered them over
her sister’s profession cross.

Léonie’s condition slowly deteriorated for the next five days. She was very week, however, she clasped onto her sister
Marie’s rosary and Thérèse’s cross close to her heart.  Every day the priest would come and give her the “Last Rites”.

On the 16th of June, Léonie held out her hands with a weak smile on her face, when her Visitation sisters brought in a replica
of the statue of Our Lady of the Smile. They recited to her some verses her sainted sister
Thérèse echoed: “To die of love,
what martyrdom more sweet, I long for it, my heart’s desire! Soon is my exile over, Oh, I entreat, Ye Cherubim, tune, tune
your lire.” (DL)  That evening it became more evident that there were only hours left of her life, as the physical signs of
death were visible. Mother Superior gave Léonie a blessed candle to hold in her hand as they prayed to Our Lady of Mt.
Carmel, Our Lady of the Visitation and to St.

A few hours before she ascended to heaven, on the 17th of June, Léonie again scattered rose petals that
Pauline and Céline
had gathered in the Carmelite garden. She placed them over
Thérèse’s profession cross. Mother Superior brought Léonie up
into her arms and hugged her twice, once for
Pauline and once for Céline. She placed Léonie’s head back on her pillow.
Léonie sighs a couple of times as her soul was starting its ascension to heaven. The Lord she loved called her home.

Léonie’s Visitation sisters gathered around her bed and sang the “Magnificat”. They prepared her body for her funeral.
Léonie’s hands were placed together clutching St.
Thérèse’s profession cross and her head laid upon a white pillow. The
sisters placed a ring of white roses around her head and wrapped a garland of flowers all around her body. Léonie’s beautiful
smile still encompassed her face as she lay peacefully. Her body was carried to the chapel choir where those that came to pay
their respects could see her in all her splendor.

As news spread throughout the world of Léonie’s Holy Ascent, people came from all over the world.   As the days leading up
to her funeral came, more and more people turned out to pay their respects, even though the Germans occupied Caen.
Numerous letters of condolences were sent to the Visitation monastery and also to the Carmelite monastery in Lisieux where
Pauline and Céline lived.

The funeral for Sister Françoise-Thérèse, Marie Leonie Martin was held on June 21, 1941 conducted by Monsignor
Germain.  A large crowd of mourners surrounded Léonie’s coffin and followed the procession to the end, as the Visitation
sisters looked on.  Léonie’s body was then carried into the Visitation monastery and placed in an interior crypt where her
body still lies today.      

Written by: R. Hann     

Abbé Combes, ed. Collected Letters Of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux . (CL)
New York: Sheed & Ward, 1949.
Dolan, Albert H. Rev.. Collected Little Flower Works. Chicago: Carmelite Press, 1929.
---. The Little Flower’s Mother. Chicago: Carmelite Press, 1929. (CW)
---. God Made The Violet Too: Life of Léonie, Sister of St. Thérèse. (GV)
Chicago: Carmelite Press, 1948.
Piat, Stéphanie Fr. The Story Of A Family: The Home of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. (SF)
Trans: Benedictine of Stanbrook Abbey. Rockford, Ill.: Tan Books and Publishers, Inc., 1948.
Death Announcement of Sr Francoise-Therese Martin, UnpubIished transcript from the Monastery of the Visitation in Caen, France. 1941 (DL)
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©  Monastery of the Visitation in Caen
"God's Little Violet"
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Venerated at:                   

First Holy

First entrance            
into the monastery:             

Second entrance           
into the moanstery:             

third entrance
into the monastery:             

Fourth entrance
into the monastery:              

Her first

Her final


15 years ago, the crypt was made available for
pilgrims to come and visit her tomb to pray
for their intentions.
June 3, 1863
Lower Normandy

June 17, 1941
Lower Normandy

Monastery of the
Visitation in Caen

May 23, 1875
Basilica of Notre-Dame in

October 7, 1886
Monastery of the Poor
Clares in Alencon

July 16, 1887
Monastery of the
Visitation in Caen

June 24, 1893
Monastery of the
Visitation in Caen

January 28, 1899
Monastery of the
Visitation in Caen

June 30, 1899
Monastery of the
Visitation in Caen

July 2, 1900
Monastery of the
Visitation in Caen

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