Wednesday, 16 September 2009

St Thérèse in the UK

18 months of planning are about to come to fruition. Yesterday the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux arrived in England, ahead of a month-long tour which begins today in Portsmouth.

The relics came from Lisieux via the channel tunnel, and today begin a journey of over 1300 miles which will take them up the western side of the country to Lancaster (they are here at the Cathedral 28th-30th Sepetember) before travelling down the eastern side, finishing at Westminster Cathedral.

Here is Mgr Keith Barltrop, the coordinator of the tour of England and Wales, seen with the reliquary. These first pictures of St Thérèse's relics in England come to us thanks to the official site for the visit (see it at; there will be frequent updates on our St Thérèse blog, which you can find here. It promises to be quite a month.