Basic Information
Name

Zelie Martin

Feast Day

July 12

Short Bio

Blessed Zelie Martin was born in France on December 23, 1831. Zelie was a lace maker and ran her own business. Around the age of 27, she married Louis, a watchmaker. They both ran “home-based” businesses. Louis and Zelie had nine children but only five of them lived to adulthood – all girls. Family prayer time was an important part of their daily routine. Zelie was also known for having a good sense of humor and for setting her business aside to play with her children. The most famous of their daughters is now known as Saint Therese of Lisieux, or “The Little Flower.” All five of their daughters entered the religious life. In 1877, at the age of 46, Zelie Martin died of breast cancer. Louis and Zelie Martin were beatified in 1988.

Born

December 23, 1831

Died

August 28, 1877

Resources
Adopted by

Christine Henderson

Personal
Born in

France

Lived in

France

Gender

Women

Form of Passing

Natural Causes

Century

19th Century

Vocation

Marriage

Family & Relationships
Married to

Louis Martin

Family Members

St. Therese of Lisieux, daughter

Canonization Status
Canonization

Blessed

Beatified on

October 19, 2008

Venerated on

March 26, 1994