Theresa Doyle-Nelson instructs Little Flower students on Basilica’s Tomb Chapel Windows

Author Theresa Doyle-Nelson gave a presentation to Little Flower School students on the stained glass windows in the Tomb Chapel of St. Thérèse at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower, on Oct. 12.

The five Gothic-style windows, installed in the late 1930s, present 17 different intricately detailed scenes from the life and death of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, also known as “The Little Flower.”

“The windows are gorgeous and the stories are inspiring,” Mrs. Nelson said. “They illuminate the life of St. Thérèse so well—they are truly a great artistic treasure for the whole Archdiocese.” Mrs. Nelson is a freelance writer and the author of Saints in Scripture: Exploring the Bible with Holy Men and Women (2017), originally published as Saints of the Bible (OSV Press). She has written for a variety of Catholic publications including St. Anthony Messenger, Liguorian, and Today’s Catholic. She is a regular contributor to the National Catholic Register and has a blog, “The Hill Country Hermit.”

Mrs. Nelson will give her presentation on the tomb chapel windows at her home parish, St. Stanislaus in Bandera, on Dec. 2, 9:20-10:20 a.m. The “Coffee with the Saints” talk is free and open to the public. To register, call (830) 460-4712.

Little Flower School, founded in 1926, serves 158 students, pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Both the school and the Basilica are under the direction of the Discalced Carmelite friars of San Antonio.

A tour of the Basilica, guided by the local Discalced Carmelite Secular Order, is planned for Dec. 8, 2018, 3-4 p.m.

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