This digital art print of Saints Zelie and Louis Martin is the perfect addition to your home decor or a great gift for newly married couples!
Saints Zelie and Louis Martin both desired to live holy lives before they even met and they are the first married couple ever to be canonized together! Despite the fact that neither was able to enter the religious life, together they helped each other to lead holy lives--in fact, all five of their daughters became nuns and one even became a saint like them!
Louis was born into a military family in Bordeaux and trained to become a watchmaker. He was unable to enter a religious community because of his inability to read and understand Latin. He eventually moved to Normandy where he met his future wife, Zelie Guerin.
Zelie was also turned away from a religious community and instead, trained to become a lace-maker. She was considered “highly-skilled” in the field! Zelie and Louis married in 1858 and together had a total of nine children, though two sons and two daughters died in infancy. The couple also worked together to run Zelie’s lace-making business.
The family moved to Lisieux to be closer to family. Zelie and Louis raised their five surviving daughters in the faith and all five eventually entered convents. Zelie passed away when their youngest daughter was only four and Louis’ health began to fail after his 15 year old daughter, known today as St. Therese of Lisieux, entered the Monastery of Mount Carmel at Lisieux in 1888. Louis died in 1894.
Saints Zelie and Louis Martin were beatified in 2008 and canonized by Pope Francis in 2015. They are looked up to as a model of marriage and parenthood as well as life in the domestic church.
- Feast Day: July 12