Saints Louis and Zélie Martin

Feast Day: July 12
Patron Saint of: Illness, marriage, parenting, widowers, infertility, and child loss

Sts. Azélie-Marie (“Zélie”) and Louis Martin were the first married couple to be canonized at the same time. They were parents to St. Thérèse of Lisieux and eight other children. Three of their children passed away within their first year of life, and they lost another at age five. They raised their family and worked together in Zélie’s successful lacemaking business until Zélie passed away at age forty-six from breast cancer, when her youngest, Thérèse, was only four years old. All of their surviving children became nuns.

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