A Companion to Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

Her Life and Work & the People and Places In Her Story

Joseph P. Kochiss

The product of twenty years of research and writing, this extraordinary new work is the most comprehensive portrait of Thérèse ever published, and the ultimate reference to her life and spirituality. A Companion to Saint Thérèse will appeal to all devotees of Thérèse, as well as those approaching her for the first time, who will find it a fascinating introduction. There is abundant material concerning her autobiography as well as her other literary and artistic works, and a treasury of information on all the people and places in her life story. Finally, the author revisits the steps leading to her beatification, canonization, and the proclamation of her as a Doctor of the Church, and provides a history of the Carmelites and the origin of the Lisieux Carmel. As a source of biographical detail and photographs it is unsurpassed in any language and will remain the most authoritative work on Thérèse for many years to come.

Praise for A Companion to Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

“A remarkable book!”

— Fr. Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R.​, Co-founder of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal

“Obviously a labor of love. If one were making a movie about the Little Flower, this would be the perfect book to provide the background material to help understand St. Thérèse and all the people that touched her life.”

— Fr. Robert J. Boyd​, Ph.D., F.S.S.P., Third Order Carmelite

“An astounding achievement in the annals of Catholic hagiography. There has never been a work like this regarding the life and times of ‘the Little Flower.’ It will be an essential acquisition for every theological library, every Catholic school and homeschooling co-op, and every member of the lay faithful with a devotion to Saint Thérèse.”

— Christopher A. Ferrara​, President, American Catholic Lawyers Association

“In A Companion to Saint Thérèse of Lisieux we are given the opportunity to study Saint Thérèse in a novel way, through the optics of the people and places associated with her. I exhort all of you to come to appreciate she who identified her vocation as Love.”

— Fr. Frank Pavone​, National Director, Priests for Life

“This is an encyclopedia of information on the life and spirituality of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Here you will find information and photos concerning the Saint that have not been published anywhere else. The author is to be congratulated for his diligence and persistence in assembling all this material for the many Catholics devoted to the saint of the small and simple way to God.”

— Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J.​, Editor Emeritus, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

About the Author

Joseph P. Kochiss

Joseph P. Kochiss, born and living in Connecticut, is a retired Stratford (CT) school teacher and the author of many magazine articles about St. Thérèse. He has also composed music for plays and musicals. His other interests include playing the violin and painting portraits.