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Welcome to our page this month.  We are finding out more about two very important women who shared similar names and both loved God a lot.  Their names are St Teresa of Calcutta, who died in 1997, and St Thérèse of Lisieux, who died in 1897.

All about St Teresa of Calcutta

  St Teresa of Calcutta was born in Macedonia in 1910 and, when she was 18, moved to Ireland to train to become a nun.  She finally moved to India where she lived for the rest of her life.

  St Teresa of Calcutta is remembered for her work with the poor and sick and those who were cast out of society; for example, lepers – Leprosy is a skin disease that can be very painful – and children who were orphans – which means that they had no mummy or daddy to look after them.  In 1949, Teresa started the Missionaries of Charity and she became known as “Mother Teresa”.

  In 1979, St Teresa was given the Nobel Peace Prize, for all her work with unloved and sick people.  She died in 1997.  The Missionaries of Charity, that she founded, continue her work today throughout the world.  They wear a distinctive blue and white sari.

  St Teresa was canonised (made a saint) in 2016.  Her feast day is 5 September.

All about St Thérèse of Lisieux

  St Thérèse of Lisieux was born in France on 2 January, 1873.  When she was 15, she went to begin her life as a nun in a convent.

  She lived a simple prayerful life in the convent and through these actions was able to grow very close to God.

  Thérèse loved flowers and so is called “The Little Flower”.  She believed that what mattered in life was doing simple deeds with great love.  Try sharing God’s light with others through small acts, such as being patient, being kind to someone or giving a smile to a friend.

  Sadly, Thérèse was very sick and she died aged 24.  She was made a saint in 1925.  Her feast day is 1 October.

  You may learn more about St Thérèse of Lisieux in your RE lessons at school.

                                           I Wonder …

I wonder which story you like the best?

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I wonder why they both decided to become a nun?

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I wonder if you know any nuns?

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Activity:  St Thérèse of Lisieux believed that little deeds were very important and really helped.  If you are able, do a little deed then write it or draw it in one of the petals on the flower.

  Some ideas are, tidying your room, unpacking your school bag, drying up or putting away things after dinner.  See if you can fill all of the petals on the flower!