The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower, the first National Shrine in the United States dedicated to St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the “Little Flower,” was completed in San Antonio in 1931.
As part of an international community dedicated to a life of prayer, contemplation, fraternity, and service, the St. Thérèse Province of the Discalced Carmelite Friars in San Antonio staff the National Shrine of St. Thérèse and promote the spiritual teaching of St. Thérèse through their work at the Shrine and the parish community. In addition, the friars oversee Little Flower Catholic School (grades pre-K through 8th), located across the street from the Basilica.
The church is distinguished as one of only 82 in the United States and one of only four in the state of Texas bearing the papal designation of “minor basilica.”
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