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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