This module is part of the Distance Learning Website of the Carmelite Institute of Britain and Ireland (CIBI)


This online course explores the life and doctrine of St Thérèse of Lisieux, recently proclaimed Doctor of the Church, who was described by Pope Pius X as the “greatest saint of modern times” – and this long before she was canonised at all! Many saints did great work in the areas of healing, teaching, preaching -Thérèse did none of these things.  Her motto was: To do ordinary things with extraordinary love. Many and various groups and individuals who had nothing in common with each other have been united in their devotion to her. 

We will proceed along the following lines in the five units of the module: 

  1. Historical and family background to the life and times of Thérèse;

  2. Sketch of her life;

  3. Outline of her spirituality and message;

  4. The Little Way;

  5. Thérèse and the mystery of Suffering.

Course Tutor: Vincent O'Hara OCD

The course is divided into 5 units of input and, at the end, you may complete a Questionnaire, write a Learning Journal, or write an Essay.

Once posted, each unit will be available until the end of the module. The dates on which each of the units, and the other material for this course is available in the calendar in the Student Section.



Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3

Unit 4

Unit 5


Learning Journal

Essay titles


Please click HERE to access the STUDENT SECTION for module start and end dates

From the date corresponding to the relevant Monday (see main web page of, you can click on the relevant unit to access it. Each module includes links to other internet sites of various kinds related to the material being covered.

    Once you have successfully accessed and studied the material in each module and received the Essay titles and the questionnaire, pleace complete either the Questionnaire, write a Learning Journal, or write an Essay based on one of the Essay titles given, and return it to to the course administrator: [email protected]


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