Soeur Geneviève près du Petit Jésus de Thérèse.


Significant dates in the life of Sister Genevieve of the Holy Face and of Saint Teresa
(Céline)

Apr 28, 1869 : The seventh daughter in the Martin family, named Marie-Céline, is born while the family are living at Rue du Pont-Neuf in Alençon.

Sept 5, 1869 : She is baptised at Alençon.

1876 : She becomes a half-boarder at the Benedictine Abbey at Lisieux.

Mar 13, 1880 : She receives her First Holy Communion in the Abbey’s Chapel.

Jun 5, 1880 : She receives the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Oct 1880 : Thérèse enters the Abbey’s school with Céline.

1885 : Céline leaves the Abbey school where she had been President of the “Children of Mary”.  She frequently won the top prizes at school.

Apr 1888 : Her hand in marriage is sought. Céline engages herself in painting and photography.

Jun 16, 1888 : Céline tells her father of her desire to enter religious life.

Feb 12, 1889 : Mr. Martin is admitted to the Bon Sauveur Hospital at Caen.  Céline and Léonie stay nearby for three months with the Sisters of Saint Vincent de Paul.

Dec 8, 1889 : Her Spiritual Director, Fr. Pichon, authorises her to make a vow of virginity.

Jul 29, 1894 : Mr. Martin suffers a heart attack – Céline cares for him.

Sep 14, 1894 : Céline enters the Carmelite Convent, taking her camera with her!

Feb 5, 1895 : As a novice, she took the name Sr. Marie de la Sainte Face.  Following her profession she became Sr. Genevieve of the Holy Face and St. Teresa.

Jun 9, 1895 : During Mass Sr. Thérèse of the Child Jesus asks for a special grace: to offer herself as a victim to Merciful Love.

Jun 11, 1895 : She makes an offering with Thérèse.

Feb 24, 1896 : Final profession.

1898 – 1899 : All during her lifetime, Sr. Geneviève took an active part in spreading the message of Thérèse by the written word, and also by photos and images.

1952 : Sr. Geneviève publishes “Conseils et Souvenirs” (Advice and Memories).

Feb 24, 1956 : Céline celebrates her Diamond Jubilee.  Most Rev. Jacquemain, Bishop of Bayeux and Lisieux, authorises the opening of the Process for the Cause of the Servant of God, Louis Martin.

Feb 25, 1959 : Sr. Geneviève dies.

Détail d'une photo de la Communauté à la lessive (19 avril 1895).