From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - February 12-13, 1920

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - February 12-13, 1920

+ Jesus                                                               Carmel of Lisieux

                                                                      12th and 13th February 1920


Dear little Léonie,

I’m writing to say a little goodbye before Lent and to recommend my retreat, which I will probably take around the anniversary of my Profession, to your prayers. Unless there’s a hitch, I will retire into solitude on the evening of the 29th.

I’m still very busy due to the building work. You know that I am acting as an architect of sorts, and I communicate with the sculptors, decorators, silversmiths etc, etc. All my time is taken up.

We are very upset today. One of the workers who lowers the stilts into the foundations of the large chapel façade broke his thumb with his tool. His poor thumb was turned to mush and the surgeon immediately cut it off. Coming back from the operation, he wept (the injured man). The poor man is 60 years old. It was his right thumb that he lost. We prayed that there would be no accidents, but God undoubtedly has His reasons for allowing this one to happen.

I don’t know whether I told you that Mr de Bercegol is moving to Lisieux at Easter. He will live in the Coupeys’ old house in Bd Pt-l'Evêque. He will establish his “Central Office” there. Yet before he has settled in and his business is running, there will be extra work for us and inconvenience for me, but as it’s for our benefit, we must very well put up with it.

Farewell, darling little sister, soon we’ll be reunited for eternity.

Your little sister who cherishes you

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face


I’m looking for Fr Pichon’s letters that I sent to our uncle when they were requisitioned. Do you know where there might have been put?