Posted by: catholicrelics | September 23, 2009

Hundreds greet St Therese in Filton, Bristol

Hundreds greet St Therese at Bristol church – one of the first to be named in her honour

This afternoon the relics were warmly welcomed to the Church of St. Teresa of the Child Jesus in Filton, Bristol which has the distinction of being one of the first parishes to be named in her honour. As a result, generations in this busy, West Country suburb have grown-up knowing her and learning about her ‘Little Way’.

We spoke to one such person today, Father Michael McAndrew, who first became acquainted with the much-loved Saint when as a teenager he often travelled across the city to visit friends and attend Mass at St. Teresa’s in the 1970s:

“The Parish Priest would often speak about St. Therese and I became fascinated by this young person who had such a vibrant faith and simple way of speaking about God. While I was in seminary, I turned again to Saint Therese. She demonstrated to me that the way forward was to entrust oneself entirely to the mercy of God, that to be a disciple of Christ is not to place our faith in our own abilities or in anything we can achieve. She teaches that the way of the Gospel is to place our faith in God and all that he does for us. She seems to have had a word for each stage of my life.”

Father Michael is now the Director of the Clifton Diocese Department for Adult Education and Evangelisation and serves on the national committee that organised the relics tour. He composed the national prayer for the visit of St. Therese to England and Wales.

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