Mission Doctors Association

Patroness of the Missions

Did you know that St. Therese of Lisieux, the Patroness of the Missions was never a missionary?

In fact, she never left France and in her vocation lived as a cloistered nun.

Today, October 1 is the Feast day of St. Therese of Lisieux, the Patroness of the Missions.

Although St. Theresa never became a Missionary; she spoke of her ardent hope to serve God as a Missionary.

“In spite of my littleness, I would like to enlighten souls as did the Prophets and the Doctors. I have the vocation of the Apostles. I would like to travel over the whole earth to preach your Name and to plant your glorious cross on infidel soil. But…one mission alone would not be sufficient for me, I would want to preach the Gospel on all the five continents simultaneously and even to the most remote isles. I would be a missionary, not for a few years only, but from the beginning of creation until the consummation of the ages.”
-St. Therese of Lisieux 

This year, in a special way, we invite you to pray a novena to St. Therese during the month of October for all those impacted by the coronavirus.

Let us share our grief, worries, and struggles with God in prayer and find strength like St. Therese.

My whole strength lies in prayer and sacrifice, these are my invincible arms; they can move hearts far better than words, I know it by experience.”
-St. Therese of Lisieux

Jessica Franks


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