Marie Françoise-Thérèse Martin was born in Alençon, France at
Rue du Pont-Neuf on January 2, 1873. Françoise-Thérèse was
the nineth-born child of nine children of Louis and Azélie Martin.
Her parents named their children Marie in honor of Our Lady.
Sadly, four of the Martin children died at infancy. Françoise-
Thérèse was baptized at the Church of Notre-Dame on
January 4, 1873. Her father nicknamed her his beloved “Queen”.

Each morning Azélie would make it a habit to rise early to attend
morning Mass. Before participating in Mass she would light a candle
and pray reverently before the statue of Our Lady.  Humble at
heart, Azélie petitioned Our Lady for the children that she and her
husband were given by God, that one day they would become saints.
She would also ask Our Lady for her children to be more reverence
toward God then she was.  

Sadly, four of the Martin children would never make it to adulthood.
Azélie gave birth to her fourth child on October 13,1864, Marie
Hélène who past away on February 22, 1870, at the age of five. Louis
and Azélie were given the blessing of receiving another child on
September 20, 1866 with the birth of their first son, Joseph  Louis
Martin. It was with great sadness the he too past away a year later
on February 14, 1867. On December 19, 1867 the birth of their
second son, Joseph Jean Baptiste was born. However, he too was
taken away from them on August 25, 1868. The life of Louis and
Azélie’s sixth daughter, Marie Mélanie Thérèse was very short from
August 16, 1870 to October 8, 1870.  

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