St. Therese as a postulant in Lisieux Carmel
April 9, 1888 to January 10, 1889
"Suffering opened wide its arms to me, and I threw myself into them with love."
Therese Martin entered on April 9, 1888, and took the name Sister Therese of the Child Jesus. She was in charge of decorating the statue of the Child Jesus in the cloister. In May her sister Marie made her profession, and Therese, as the youngest of the community, crowned her sister with the traditional wreath of roses. Therese made a general confession to Fr. Almire Pichon, who assured her that she had never committed a mortal sin. In June 1888 Therese's father began to show grave symptoms of the illness which would lead to his being confined at the Bon Sauveur asylum at Caen. As a postulant Therese sewed in the linen room in the company of the novice mistress, Sister Marie of the Angels.
Therese was eligible to receive the habit six months after her entrance, but, due to her father's uncertain state of health, her Clothing was postponed until January 10, 1889. She turned sixteen eight days before that ceremony.
photo from ouisram's photo album