National Shrine and Museum of St. Therese Tour
Friday, June 16, 1:30 to 2:25 pm
Children under 16 yrs: $5
Registration limit is 60 participants.
The National Shrine and Museum of Saint Therese has the largest collection of Little Flower relics and memorabilia outside of Lisieux, France, the home of her Carmelite convent. Tour includes an interactive talk on the life of St. Therese with Q&A time given by a member of the National Shrine staff. It also includes a guided tour of the museum and its relics and artifacts, the Carmelite Gift Shop, and a video on the life of the Little Flower.
Highlights of the National Shrine Museum include several first-class relics of St. Therese, photographs of her, paintings of scenes from her life, a special Prayer Gazebo, and a full-sized exact replica of her convent cell, which includes several second-class relics. Video screens explain everything in the museum.
As part of the National Shrine Museum is a huge stain-glass window that beautifully and artistically depicts the journey of the soul to God, modeled on St. John of the Cross’s Ascent of Mount Carmel. St. Therese’s spiritual journey is very parallel to St. John of the Cross’s teachings.
Covering one of the interior walls of the National Shrine Museum is a massive wood carving of the life of St. Therese. It tells her whole life story in a visual and beautiful way. It is the largest wood carving of a religious nature in the United States.
As St. Therese was a Carmelite contemplative cloistered nun, she was dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Mother Mary), the patroness of the Carmelites. The National Shrine Museum features a large collection of Our Lady of Mount Carmel statues from around the world.