Frances Renda, Ph.D, is a clinical psychologist in New York City. For many years she has shared her rich knowledge of St. Thérèse’s life and writing with people all over the world. Cardinal O’Connor appointed her to provide St. Thérèse’s teaching at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. She also arranged for St. Thérèse’s relics to travel around the world to inspire millions of people. Many people in Santa Fe will remember when the relics came here in 2010. Dr. Renda also contributed to the book I Thirst, illustrating the influence of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus on Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Dr. Renda edited the recently published book on the correspondence of Saints Louis and Zelie Martin, parents of Saint Thérèse, providing extensive, thoroughly researched footnotes.
Most recently Dr. Renda has studied and spoken about the life of North America’s first Native American saint, the recently canonized Saint Kateri Tekakwitha. Dr. Renda has made a number of contributions to SFIS programs, always inspiring us with her knowledge and love of Saint Thérèse and Saint Kateri.
For more on Dr. Frances Renda and her work on St. Thérèse of Lisieux, please visit these sites:
Dr. Renda’s blog “St. Thérèse of Lisieux: A Gateway” contains a wealth of information about this saint, her parents, and her four sisters.
Reviews of Dr. Renda’s book, A Call to a Deeper Love: The Family Correspondence of the Parents of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus (1864-1885), have been very favorable.