On Sunday 26th September, members of the Society of the Little Flower, ladies from the Little Flower Society and groups of other pilgrims gathered at Aylesford Priory to celebrate the Feast of St. Thérèse of Lisieux.  Despite rather grey clouds, the rain held off and after lunch we were treated to sunshine.

Fr. Míceál O'Neill O.Carm., Prior General, had hoped to attend the Feast Day celebration last year, but was unable to travel from Italy.  This year, fitting the Feast Day in between the General Chapter of the British Province and a trip to York to visit Carmelite Sisters, we were delighted to welcome him to our celebration. 

At the Welcome Service, Fr. Míceál blessed the banner made up from petitions  sent in by Society of the Little Flower members.  This year it was a stunning gold in colour and shone at the back of the main shrine.  After a series of readings and prayers, the service concluded with a talk on the Little Flower and her message of love and service by the Prior General.

After lunch, we gathered - as we do each year - around the statue of St. Thérèse near the Rosary Way where the roses purchased by the pilgrims were blessed during a short service. 

The day concluded with Mass back on the main shrine concelebrated by Fr. Míceál and Fr. Francis Kemsley, Prior of Aylesford.

Our thanks to the Friars and staff at Aylesford for their warm welcome and to all the pilgrims who made this day so very special.