St. Theresa of Lisieux (1873-1897), known as “the Little Flower”, became a Carmelite nun while a teenager, and after her early death became a hugely famous figure in France. Together with Saint Francis of Assisi, she is one of the most popular saints in the history of the church. Pope Pius X called her “the greatest saint of modern times”.
This Saint Theresa is sometimes confused with the Spanish Saint Theresa of Avila, (1515 – 1582), also a famous Carmelite nun.
The Little Flower’s astonishing story is here in Wikipedia.
Because of the reversed installation, the chunks of the dalle de verre halo are on the outside of the church. Nevertheless, the halo’s subtle richness is lovely.
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