The relics of St. Therese of Lisieux was brought to Laoag City for the third time in so many years (fourth time in the Philippines) on January 15, 2018 at eleven o’clock in the morning. From the Laoag International Airport, it proceeded directly to the Laoag City Hall grounds where a throng of people, city officials and employees led by Mayor Chevylle V. Farinas and City Administrator Jami V. Farinas, their relatives and friends, were excitedly waiting to see the Relics.

After a brief  prayer by Mayor Chevylle and C.A. Jami, the Relics proceeded to the nearby St. William Cathedral where a welcome concelebrated mass was held by the Diocesan priests. In the afternoon, it was brought by a motorcade to the Carmelite monastery where it stayed overnight for veneration.

On January 16, 2018, the Relics will transferred to the Mary, Cause of Our Joy College Seminary in the adjacent Municipality of Bacarra, and on January 17, 2018, to the Capuchin Monastery in Barangay Mangato, Laoag City. A farewell mass to be officiated by Laoag Bishop Renato Mayugba will be held on January 18, 2018 for its silent transfer to Baguio city.

Born Marie Francoise-Therese Martin on January 2, 1873 in Rue Saint-Blaise, Alencon, France, She is known as Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. But She is more popularly known as “the little flower of Jesus”.

St. Therese died at a young age of twenty four following a slow and painful fight against tuberculosis. She has been a highly influential model of sanctity for catholics and for others because of the “simplicity and practicality of her approach to the spiritual life”. She is one of the most popular Saints in the history of the church. She has been acclaimed “the greatest Saint of modern times”.

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