Society of the Little Flower is a community of faith and prayer, devoted to St. Therese of Lisieux, supporting the efforts of the Carmelites of the Most Pure Heart of Mary. The Society is a vital part of the Carmelite Campus with an office adjacent to the Provincial Office at 1313 N. Frontage Rd. in Darien.
History of the Society of the Little Flower
Carmelite Fr. Albert Dolan went to visit the Carmel in Lisieux France after the end of World War I. He became a great champion of St. Therese, spreading her message of God’s unconditional love and her missionary outreach. This relationship between the Carmelites of the Most Pure Heart in North America and the Lisieux Carmel grew and continues today.
In the early days after the death of St. Therese, the Carmelite Nuns in Lisieux needed support with both the beatification and canonization process and the deluge of people wanting her intercession. That need as well as the growing need to support the vocations of young men joining the Carmelites in the U.S. produced the Society of the Little Flower.
Begun in 1923, the Society has grown into the largest organization in the world promoting devotion to St. Therese and teaching her “little way of spiritual childhood.” The Society’s mission continues today to “promote devotion to St. Therese of the Child Jesus, through prayers and donations.”
Visit the Society of the Little Flower website for more information about the Society, the Carmelites, and St. Therese.