St. Mariam Thresia CHF | Patroness of Families

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Bible – Matthew 5 : 11-12
St. Mariam Thresia Biography
St. Mariam Thresia

Mariam Thresia Chiramel

Marth Mariam Thresia (born Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan; 26 April 1876 – 8 June 1926) was an Indian Syro-Malabar Catholic professed religious and the founder of the Congregation of the Holy Family. Thresia Mankidiyan became known for receiving frequent visions and ecstasies as well as even receiving the stigmata which she kept well-guarded. She had been involved in apostolic work her entire life and pushed for strict adherence to the rule of her order amongst her fellow religious.

Pope John Paul II beatified the late nun on 9 April 2000. Pope Francis approved a second miracle attributed to her at the beginning of 2019 and she is to be canonized on 13 October 2019.


Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan was born in Puthenchira in Irinjalakuda Revenue Division of Thrissur district on 26 April 1876 as the third of five children of Thoma and Thanda and was later baptized on 3 May 1876 at the church of Saint Mary; she was named in honor of Saint Teresa of Ávila.

Her paternal uncle Antony Chiramel Mankidiyan was her godfather and his wife Anna was the godmother. Her family was once rich though became poor when her grandfather married off seven daughters after selling property for each costly dowry; this led to her brothers and her father taking up drinking. 

Her mother was her father’s second wife; her father’s first wife Mariamkutty died during childbirth in 1872. She had two sisters and two brothers and were in exact order: Porinchu, Mariamkutty, Ouseph and Ittianam – she was born in between Mariamkutty and Ouseph.

In 1884 her mother tried in vain to dissuade the pious girl from her severe fasts and night vigils. Her mother died on 2 March 1888 after blessing her children who gathered at her deathbed. Her mother’s death marked the conclusion of her studies and she instead dedicated herself to contemplation in her local parish church. She made a private vow to remain chaste in 1886.

In 1891 she hatched a scheme to sneak from home to lead a life of penance in the hills but soon decided against this and instead returned home. Since 1904 she desired to be called “Mariam” under the belief she had a vision from the Blessed Virgin Mary in which she was instructed to add it to her name. From 1902 to 1905 she was subjected to several exorcisms from Venerable Joseph Vithayathil – under the orders of the local bishop – and from 1902 it was Vithayathil who became her spiritual director until her death.

In 1903 she requested Mar John Menachery – the Archbishop of Thrissur – to build a house of retreat but it was turned down. This happened after she had formed a group with three other friends and engaged in apostolic work with poor families. Menachery instead suggested she make an effort to join a religious congregation and encouraged her to join the new Congregation of the Franciscan Clarists but left since she didn’t fell called to it.

Mankidiyan later accepted the mar’s request in 1912 to join the Carmelites at Ollur and was there since November 26, 1912 until she left on 27 January 1913 because she did not feel drawn to them either.

In 1913 she set up a house at Puthenchira and on 14 May 1914 founded the Congregation of the Holy Family to which she was professed in and vested in its habit; she was the first superior of the order. She was said to have had a range of spiritual experiences such as receiving the stigmata and hid this from public view; she first had this in 1905 though became more visible on 27 January 1909. She also purportedly suffered a series of demonic attacks.

In 1926 a falling object struck her on the leg and the wound soon festered. Mankidiyan was admitted to the local hospital though doctors deemed her condition fatal and she was moved by bullock cart back to her convent where on 7 June 1926 she received the final sacraments and the Viaticum.

She died at 10:00pm on 8 June 1926 from her leg wound that her diabetes exacerbated. Her final words were: “Jesus, Mary and Joseph; I give you my heart and my soul” – she then closed her eyes and died. On the morning of her death she was laid on the floor on a mat at her request with her spiritual director and fellow religious huddled around her. Her funeral was celebrated on 9 June and in accordance with her wishes her remains were not washed prior to her funeral.



1. The cure of congenital club feet – Mathew D. Pellissery

The beatification process opened in Irinjalakuda on 12 July 1982 after the Congregation for the Causes of Saints (C.C.S.) titled her as a Servant of God and issued the official “nihil obstat” (nothing against) to the cause while the cognitional process opened on 14 May 1983 and concluded its business on 24 September 1983; the C.C.S. later validated the process after its conclusion in Rome on 8 November 1985 and received the Positio dossier from the postulation a decade later in 1997.

The board of historians met to assess the cause and to determine if historical obstacles existed before issuing their approval for the cause on 27 May 1997 at which point the theologians approved it on 9 October 1998 as did the C.C.S. on 19 April 1999. Pope John Paul II named the late religious as Venerable on 28 June 1999 after he confirmed that she had lived a life of heroic virtue.

The investigation of the miracle required for beatification was held in the Trichur eparchy from 28 April 1992 to 26 July 1993 and was validated on 22 January 1999 before receiving the approval of the medical board on 16 November 1999. Theologians then voiced their own approval on 5 January 2000 .

The miracle was that of the cure of one Mathew D. Pellissery, who was born in 1956 with congenital club feet. He could barely walk with great difficulty on the sides of his feet until he was fourteen. After 33 days of fasting and prayer by the whole family, invoking the help of Mariam Thresia, his right foot was straightened during sleep on the night of 21 August 1970.

Similarly after 39 days of fasting and prayer his left foot was also straightened overnight during sleep on 28 August 1971. Since then, Mathew has been able to walk normally. This double healing was declared inexplicable in terms of medical science by as many as nine doctors in India and Italy and thus met the last canonical requirement for her beatification.

It was declared a miracle obtained through the intercession of Mariam Thresia by the C.C.S. on 18 January 2000 before the Pope himself issued final approval on it on 27 January 2000. John Paul II beatified Mariam Thresia on 9 April 2000 in Saint Peter’s Square. Mathew Pellissery was present there during the beatification ceremony at St. Peter’s Square.

The second miracle – Healing of the child Christopher – The one needed for her canonization

The second miracle – and the one needed for her canonization – was investigated in the diocese of its origin and later received the formal validation of the C.C.S. in Rome on 24 June 2014. The miraculous healing of the child Christopher received approval from the medical board in Rome in March 2018 and theologians later confirmed it in October 2018. Pope Francis approved this miracle on 12 February 2019 which clears her for canonization; it is scheduled for 13 October 2019.

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St. Mariam Thresia – The Patroness Of Families – A True Story

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Extract of the video script

Puthenchira a very ancient parish of the Archdiocese of Thrissur in Kerala, well known as God’s own country, situated at the southern end of India had the fortune to be the birthplace of Mother Mariam Thresia.

Today, Puthenchira is in the Diocese of Irinjalakuda.

Chiramel Mankidiyan was a traditional family in the village of Puthenchira. Thresia was born the third child of Thoma and Thanda in Mankidiyan family on 26 April 1876.

Mariam Thresia Birth place entrance
Mariam Thresia Birth place – Puthenchira, Dist. Thrissur, Kerala State, India
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Mariam Thresia birth place, Puthenchira
Mariam Thresia birth place, Puthenchira
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At an early age Thresia grew in prayer and piety under the spiritual guidance of her mother. Her mother always give right answers to all her doubts.

She owned to grasp the mystery of the Holy Trinity. Her love for Blessed Virgin Mary was strong. She spoke everyday to Blessed Virgin Mother. Blessed Mother was like a real mother to her. She always had the freedom with Mother Mary as she had with her own mother.

Thresia  has written in her autobiography that Blessed Virgin Mother appeared to her one day and taught her to recite the Rosary. she yearned for a life of deep solitude.

Her heart burned with God’s love Zyliss enough to be consumed in the fire of divine love to merge with Jesus .She desired to be all alone in the wilderness away from everyone’ 

One day she was in deep contemplation being alone in the wilderness. But her three companions with a sister forcefully brought her home. Her thirst for prayer and solitude grew intensely day by day. It became certain that the conditions at home were not favorable for a life of solitude.

The poor financial status of our family was not conducive for her to join a convent either. But the inner fire did not permit her to be quiet.

She went to her uncle who was rich and asked him 450 rupees needed to join a convent. Her uncle and aunt sent her away without giving her any money. she went back in tears.

Thresia thirsted for the love of God. God answered Thresia’s prayers for a spiritual director to guide her in her helpless condition.

God chose Father Joseph Vithayathil  to be her spiritual director. The Reverend priest having come to know from Thresia about her divine inspirations and visions was inspired by the holy spirit to agree to be her spiritual director.

Having received the divine call could not be confined to her home. Her own personal sufferings could not deter her from the works of charity.

Directed by Blessed Virgin Mother Thresia visited the families of her own parish and around. There was not a house in Puthenchira that Thresia had not attended to. Her presence at the dead bed helped many to have a peaceful death.

Hence she constantly prayed for the souls in purgatory. Many instances have been recorded of souls in purgatory appearing to Thresia and pleading for prayers and Thresia having helped them.

Thresia prayed fervently and dependence for the souls in purgatory. There were times when she spent whole nights in prayer for the souls in purgatory and for the conversion of sinners.

As per the order of Bishop John Menachery Father Joseph admitted her in the Carmelite third order giving her veal and scapular.

Thresia and her friends continued the family apostolate. They became a refuge to the downtrodden and the marginalized of  Puthenchira.

Thresia who remain in meditation for hours before the crucifix in her small room was of inspiring to her people and neighbors.

10th February 1906 the time Thresia was immersed in meditation. Thresia was eager to share the sufferings of Jesus. She asked for his cross and bore it on her shoulder.

No one could comprehend the things that happen within Thresia.

The bishop received many complaints about Thresia that there were diabolical positions in her house,that the devil had possessed her, unusual events were happening in Thresia and in her house.

The bishop by the power of the authority vested on him by the church issued an order of exorcism. Father Joseph Vithayathil the parish priest pasted this order of exorcism on the door of Thresia’s house. This caused fear among the people.

But the response of Trisha surprised everyone ” Oh what a blessed gift“. Caressing and kissing the order recognizing her obedience to the church authority.

Are you be? It’s a matter of happiness for me to be mugged it like Jesus. No one would understand it. My God, My trust.

Father I have a request to make. Please paste a copy of this order of exorcism on the main door of the parish church and also read at the Holy Mass on Sunday. 

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Smallpox epidemic spread in Kochi

In January 1909 smallpox spread all over the state of Kochi. Hundreds of people died. There was no vaccination or effective treatment. The epidemic spread murderously. There was no one even to nurse the infected people. They tried to bury the patients alive wrapping them in a mat.

Thresia did not stay back in fear. Day and night Thresia moved up and down nursing, consoling and readying the dying for a peaceful death.

People during smallpox as occurs from God sought refuge in prayers. Thresia prayed to her God to save her village from this dreaded disease. Gradually smallpox disappeared.

This event doubled the confidence of the people of Puthenchira in Thresia.

The feeling that this disaster was the result of their sins became strong among people. Her presence became a great blessing for them.

Founded The Congregation Of The Holy Family

The congregation of the Holy Family was founded on the 14th May 1914 in Kerala, India. On the same day Thresia received the religious habit and the name Mariam Thresia officially from Bishop Menachery and she professed her perpetual vows.

Mariam Thresia's Room
Mariam Thresia’s Room
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Mother Mariam Thresia started a school for girls at Puthenchira

As child marriage was a common factor in those days education had been denied to goes. In contradiction to this Mother Mariam Thresia started a school for girls at Puthenchira. Pioneering a social revolution of relating women the vision and goal of Mother Mariam Thresia was to save families giving education to the downtrodden and imparting knowledge of God to them. 

The mission of building up families

Mother Mariam Thresia raised the families of the alcoholics, imparted consolation by the power of her presence and care. Her closeness and sacrificial prayers helped many to deepen their faith. She took up the mission of building up families and preparing them for the Lord.

It was a time when people believed that religious sisters were not meant for the services in families outside the convent. It was considered to be below the dignity and standard of religious life.

Mother Mariam Thresia shattering all these existing conventions and beliefs went from house to house and in the real sense of the word she washed and kissed the feet of the sick and the destitute. She was trying to save souls through the renewal of families.

Her hesitated to help the poor begging from rich. She shared the whole lot with the poor. Mother Mariam Thresia was there with food wherever there was starvation.

Mariam Thresia Death Annivesary June 8 Kuzhikkattusseri Holy Family Convent Church
Mariam Thresia Death Annivesary June 8 Kuzhikkattusseri Holy Family Convent Church
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Mother Mariam Thresia inspired the people of Puthenchira

The examples of Mother Mariam Thresia inspired the people of Puthenchira. Many came forward to the scene with a helping hand. They thought if a woman could do it, so good day people lined behind her in support.

Mother Mariam Thresia regardless of caste and Creed to care of the poor and the downtrodden. Such charitable acts opened the eyes of many people of the society.

But some did not like it. They met Father Joseph Vithayathil and complained against her. The gossip mongers could not continue for long. Some of them realising that it is the duty of every Christian to help the poor, converted themselves and ask pardon and brought food for the poor of Mother Mariam Thresia.

Quote – Mar Andrews Thazhath – Archbishop of Thrissur

Blessed Mariam Thresia who founded the congregation there a great vision for the renewal of the church to his basic unit which is called the family. Family is the domestic church and if you renew the domestic church the whole church, universal church is renewed.

Mar Andrews Thazhath – Archbishop of Thrissur

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Vishudhithan Padavil | Mariam Thresia Song By Fr Sajo Padayattil

The miracle for the cause of canonization accepted by the Vatican

The Superior General of the Congregation of the Holy Family said that the miracle regarded a pre-term baby boy born with a life-threatening respiratory problem. The doctors had prescribed a particular medicine through a special ventilator which was not immediately available. On the third day, when the child was gasping for breath, the doctors sounded the alarm bell.

The parents and grandparents of the child are great devotees of Mariam Thresia. The grandmother placed a relic on the child and urged all to pray earnestly to Mariam Thresia. There was a “drastic improvement” on the child in about 20 to 30 minutes. The immediate healing could not be explained medically.

Sr. Udaya explained that it was a surprising coincidence that the miracle took place on April 9, 2009, the same day that Mariam Thresia was declared Blessed in Rome. The miracle was presented to Rome for the cause of canonization in 2013, several years after the healing and it was accepted by the Vatican.

Source: Vatican News

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Tomb Of Mariam Thresia - Holy Family Convent Church - Kuzhikkattusseri
Tomb Of Mariam Thresia – Holy Family Convent Church – Kuzhikkattusseri. Tomb of Fr. Joseph Vithayathil is also visible.
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Mariam Thresia RIP
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This wooden stand fell on Mariam Thresia’s legs
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Mariam Thresia Museum – Kuzhikkattusseri
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To families Blessed Mariam Thresia are known as the patroness, an apostle of families, still continues to ignite the world through her daughters.

A pioneer to transform families into Holy families, a custodian of the compassionate love of the crucified, a participant in the redemptive mission of Christ.

Stay with us. Witness God’s providence revealed, manifested and endorsed his compassionate love for Humanity through Thresia and her companions for a time span of hundred years.

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Do it Anyway — Mother Teresa

Do it anyway - Mother Teresa

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind,
people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful,
you will win some false friends and some true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank,
people may cheat you.
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building,
someone could destroy overnight.
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness,
they may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today,
people will often forget tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have,
and it may never be enough.
Give the best you’ve got anyway.

You see,
in the final analysis it is between you and God;
it was never between you and them anyway.

Prayer of Saint Alphonsa

Prayer of St. Alphonsa

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Prayer of St. Alphonsa

O Lord Jesus, hide me in the wound of your sacred heart.
Free me from my desire to be loved and esteemed.
Guard me from my evil attempts to win fame and honor.
Make me humble till I become a small spark in the flame of love in your Sacred Heart.
Grant me the grace to forget myself and all worldly things.
Jesus, sweet beyond words, convert all worldly consolations into bitterness for me.
O my Jesus, Sun of Justice, enlighten my intellect and mind with your sacred rays.
Purify my heart, consume me with burning love for you, and make me one with you.


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Song – St. Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa)

Beautiful songs about St. Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa)


Canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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Chavara Bhavan – the ancestral home of St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara

Chavara Bhavan is the ancestral home of St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara. This shrine is located in the idyllic village of Kainakary, which is completely surrounded by water. Therefore, the only way to reach Chavara Bhavan is by a boat. It is now a holy shrine and spiritual resort where thousands of devotees gather for prayer, receive favours and feel amply gratified. Here, a 250 year old historically important beacon of light is preserved intact in its original and primitive form.

St. Joseph’s Syro-Malabar Dayra Church, Mannanam, Kottayam, Kerala, India where the mortal remains of Mar Kuriakose Chavara are kept.

Alphonsa Bhavan – Birth place of St. Alphonsa

The house where St. Alphonsa was born and brought up has become a Pilgrim Centre under the name “Alphonsa Bhavan”.  In the year 1975, the FCC Deva Matha Province Changanacherry bought the birth house and the surrounding plot of land and converted it into a pilgrim centre. Keeping intact the main part of the birth house, a wonderful protective structure was built encompassing the house. A beautiful chapel also was put up in the same campus. The room where St. Alphonsa was born, the cot used by her, the history of the FC Congregation, the beautifully depicted 20 mysteries of the holy rosary etc. is added attractions to the pilgrims.

St. Gonsalo Garcia, O.F.M. – The first Indian born to attain sainthood

St. Gonsalo GarciaSaint Gonsalo Garcia, O.F.M., (Latin: Gundisalvus Garcia, Portuguese: Gonçalo) (1556 – 5 February 1597) was a Roman Catholic Franciscan friar from Portuguese India, who died as a martyr in Japan and is venerated as a saint, one of the Twenty-six Martyrs of Japan so venerated. The first Indian born to attain sainthood was born in the western coastal town of Vasai, now an exurb of the city of Mumbai, he hailed from the town—then known as Baçaim in Portuguese, later Bassein in English—during the time the town was under Portuguese colonial rule. The festival of St. Gonsalo has come to be held on the first Sunday nearest to the neap tide following Christmas in Vasai.

St Gonsalo Garcia of Bassein

Born 1557
Bassein (Baçaim), Portuguese India
Deccan Sultanates
Died 5 February 1597
Nagasaki, Japan
Honored in Roman Catholic Church
Beatified 14 September 1627 by Pope Urban VIII
Canonized 8 June 1862 by Pope Pius IX
Major shrine St. Gonsalo Garcia Church
Gass, Vasai, India
Feast February 6
Patronage Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bombay

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St. Joseph Vaz, CO – Apostle of Ceylon

St. Joseph VazIndian-origin Catholic missionary Joseph Vaz – Sri Lanka’s First Saint.

Joseph Vaz, CO,(Tamil: புனித ஜோசப் வாஸ் , Konkani: Bhagivont Zuze Vaz, Sinhala: Santha Juse Vaz Piyathuma, Portuguese: Santo José Vaz), 21 April 1651 – 16 January 1711) was an Oratorian priest and missionary in Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon.

Vaz arrived in Ceylon during the Dutch occupation, when the Dutch has imposed Calvinism as the official religion after taking over from the Portuguese. He travelled throughout the island bringing the Eucharist and the sacraments to clandestine groups of Catholics. Later in his mission, he found shelter in the Kingdom of Kandy where he was able to work freely. By the time of his death, Vaz had managed to rebuild the Catholic Church on the island.

As a result of his labors, Vaz is known as the Apostle of Ceylon. On 21 January 1995, he was beatified by Pope John Paul II in Colombo. He was canonized on 14 January 2015 by Pope Francis in an open-air Mass ceremony at the Galle Face Green in Colombo.

Priest and missionary

Born 21 April 1651
Benaulim, Goa, Portuguese India, Portuguese Empire
Died 16 January 1711 (aged 59)
Kandy, Kingdom of Kandy
Honored in Roman Catholic Church
(India, Sri Lanka and the Congregation of the Oratory)
Beatified 21 January 1995, Galle Face Green, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Pope John Paul II
Canonized 14 January 2015, Galle Face Green, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Pope Francis
Major shrine St. Joseph Vaz Shrine,
Mudipu, Bantwal, Karnataka, India
Feast 16 January
Patronage Sri Lanka

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Prayer of St. Francis Assissi

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is discord, harmony;

Where there is error, truth;

Where there is doubt, faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek

To be consoled as to console;

To be understood as to understand;

To be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Life history of St. Teresa – Skit – STS Silver Jubilee Finale

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Teresa of Ávila, also called Saint Teresa of Jesus, baptized as Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada (28 March 1515 – 4 October 1582), was a prominent Spanish mystic, Roman Catholic saint, Carmelite nun, an author of the Counter Reformation and theologian of contemplative life through mental prayer. She was a reformer of the Carmelite Order and is considered to be a founder of the Discalced Carmelites along with John of the Cross. Source : Wikipedia


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More about St. Alphonsa

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Indian Saint – St. Euphrasia

St. Euphrasia

Marth Euphrasia Eluvathingal also called Saint Euphrasia Eluvathingal baptized as Rosa Eluvathingal (October 17, 1877 – August 29, 1952) was an Indian Carmelite nun of the Syro-Malabar Church which is an Eastern Catholic Church and a part of the Saint Thomas Christian community in Kerala. She was canonized as Saint by Pope Francis on November 23, 2014 in Vatican City

Early life

She was born as Rosa Eluvathingal on October 17, 1877 in a Syro-Malabar Catholic Nasrani family in Kattoor, Thrissur near the city of Thrissur in Kerala. Rosa was the eldest child of wealthy landowner, Cherpukaran Antony and Kunjethy Eluvathingal. She was baptized on October 25, 1877 in the Mother of Carmel Church in Edathuruthy. Her mother was a devout Syrian Catholic, who taught her to pray the rosary and to participate in the Mass. At the age of nine, Rose is said to have experienced an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which led her to make a commitment never to marry, and to commit her entire life to God.

As she grew older, Rose desired to enter the Sisters of the Mother of Carmel, who follow the Rule of the Third Order of the Discalced Carmelites. Her father opposed this as he wanted to arrange a marriage for her with the son of one of the other prosperous families in the region. Seeing her resolve, her father finally relented, and himself accompanied her to the convent. When she was ten, she entered the boarding school attached to the first indigenous Carmelite community in the Syro-Malabar Church, founded by Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Leopold Beccaro 1866 at Koonammavu in Ernakulam District.

Religious Life

In 1897, Mar John Menachery, the first native Bishop of Syro-Malabar Catholic Archeparchy of Thrissur, established a Carmelite Convent in Ambazakad (now belonging to the Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Irinjalakuda). On May 9, he brought all five inmates from Koonammavu who belonged to his diocese. The next day Rosa was received as a postulant, taking the name Sister Euphrasia of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and was admitted to the novitiate of the congregation on January 10, 1898. The constant ill health she experienced, however, threatened her stay in the convent, as the superiors considered dismissing her.

Euphrasia is said to have had a vision of the Holy Family, at which point the illness she had long felt ceased. Euphrasia made her solemn profession on 24 May 1900, during the blessing of the newly founded St. Mary’s Convent, Ollur at Ollur or Chinna Roma. After she took her perpetual vows, she was appointed assistant to the Novice Mistress. Though frail in health, Euphrasia exhibited rare moral courage, and a very high sense of responsibility and in 1904 she was soon appointed Novice Mistress of the congregation in which position she worked for nine years. In 1913 she was made Mother Superior of St. Mary’s Convent, Ollur, where she was to live the rest of her life, serving as Mother Superior until 1916.

Despite these duties, she endeavored to lead a life of constant prayer and of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, becoming known by many people as the Praying Mother.[6] Mother spent much of her day in the convent chapel before the Blessed Sacrament, to which she had a strong devotion. She also nourished a great love and devotion for the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mother Euphrasia died on August 29, 1952 at the St. Mary’s Convent, Ollur. Her tomb at the St. Mary’s Convent, Ollur has become a pilgrimage site as miracles have been reported by some of the faithful.  Source

Indian Saint – St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara

St. Kuirakose Elias Chavara

Mar Kuriakose Elias Chavara was a Syrian Catholic saint and social reformer from the Indian state of Kerala. He is the second canonised saint of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic Church of the Saint Thomas Christian community founded by St. Thomas the Apostle in the first century. He was the co-founder and first Prior General of the first congregation for men in the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, now known as the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate, and of a similar one for women, the Congregation of the Mother of Carmel.  Source : Wikipiedia

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Indian Saint – St. Alphonsa

St. Alphonsa

Saint Alphonsa who lived as an unknown simple clarist nun within the four walls of the Franciscan Clarist convent at Bharananganam, in the state of Kerala, is now known all over the world. Her extraordinary power of intercession before her beloved Spouse Lord Jesus Christ, made her dear to everyone. Thousands of people from all walks of life irrespective of caste, creed, religion or country flow to the tomb of the saint to pray for their various needs and to pay homage and gratitude for the innumerable favours they received. Read more and watch video of the shrine and life history.

Life history of St. John Marie Vianney – The Martyr at the Confessional

St. John Vianney Saint John Marie Vianney, who was adjudged as unintelligent proved to be a successful pastor. He led the people of Ars to repentance. The Church honoured him and promoted him to the rank of a Canon. We honour him on the altar as the patron and intercessor of priests. Hope and pray that this book published from Sehion Retreat Centre, in the year of priests, may help the children and youth to get attracted to the life of a priest and also to closely understand the Church and the saints.

This apostle from France is known as the martyr at the confessional and as the patron of priests. As a sign of respect to this Canon status recipient, the Catholic Church presented him the ‘Mozzetta’  [A short, cape-shaped garment, covering the shoulders and reaching only to the elbow, with  an open front, which may be fastened by means of a row of small buttons; at the neck it has a very small and purely ornamental hood] usually authorized to be worn only by the Pope, Cardinals and Bishops. The emperor of France had bestowed on him the ‘Knight of the Legion of Honour’ status as a symbol of  high respect to this saint. During the last ten years of his life, he spent sixteen to eighteen hours a day in the confessional. The world knelt before him, who was once tagged as an idiot.

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This book is written by Fr. Xavier Khan Vattayil, the founder-director of Sehion Retreat Centre, of Palakkad Diocese. Fr. Xavier who has earned name and fame as an outstanding preacher of the Word of the Lord, Retreat Leader, television orator and organizer, is conducting many retreats for priests, nuns and believers in India and abroad. This book is prepared, aiming the spiritual salvation of children, and will motivate them to know and understand more about the Church and God.

Life history of St. Ignatius Loyola – In search of Knowledge – In search of Nectar

St. Ignatius Loyola St. Ignatius Loyola was a man who had fought with vigor against the Protestant religious renewal organization built up by Martin Luther and his followers. Ignatius was a soldier who desired to live at the lap of earthly pleasures at his youth. But Jesus led him to the ladder of sanctity. This saint remains as a challenge to the youngsters of this period who like to immerse and live in the worldly pleasures. Pray that all who read this book may be blessed with the grace to lead a sanctified life .

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This is the sixth book in the series, Mystic Manna, which is one of the humble efforts of Rev. Fr. Xavier Khan Vattayil to bring up the young generation to sanctity. Through him, the message of God has already reached several families and nations, vide his discourses through television, web radio, books, booklets, CDs and cassettes. Known as the Deliverance Minister, Rev. Fr. Xavier Khan is the founder and director of Sehion Ministries.


Life history of St. Francis Xavier – The Apostle of the Eastern Countries

St. Francis Xavier

Francis Xavier was a person who had existed by drinking pollen and gruel, preaching during day, and praying during night. He had preached Gospel in countries like India, Japan, China and Malacca. The apostolic vigor of St. Francis Xavier will be filled on the children who read this book. Pray that to all children let this book be useful.

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Author –  Fr. Xavier Khan Vattayil, who belongs to the diocese of Palakkad, Kerala, India, is a renowned author, organizer, and retreat orator, and is a good missionary. He is the director of Sehion Ministries, established under the Palakkad diocese. Many retreat services are being held under his leadership at the Retreat Centre in Thavalam, Palakkad District, and in other places in Kerala; in many states in India, and in several metros abroad. This is the fifth book published by him, under the series, ‘Mystic Manna’, meant for children. ln a very short time, many dioceses have ENVIRONMENT OF VIRTUES accepted this series of books. Pray that this series may bear more fruits of faith in the days to come.

Life history of St. Rita – The Saint of Impossibles

St. RitaSt. Rita was a holy woman who was raised to sainthood, at the very beginning of the twentieth century – 1900, May 24 – at the opening of the Jubilee Year. More known as a mystic, St. Rita had led a heroic sanctified life in the positions of wife, mother, widow and later as a nun. This holy woman was a garden of virtues. God used to grant her, whatever she had asked for. Among the Spanish people, she is known as ‘Saint of impossibles’.

Rita was the only daughter, born to an Umbranian farmer couple, at their late age. Though from her childhood she had wished to join the convent, she had to get married due to the intervention of her parents. Two flowers blossomed in their married life. After the death of her husband and children, she joined the Augustinian Convent. From there, she climbed the steps of sanctity. She died in 1457. In the year 1900, the Iioly Throne proclaimed her, a Saint.

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This book is written by Fr. Xavier Khan Vattayil, a member of Palakkad Diocese, a well-known retreat orator. ‘ Mystic Manna ‘ is the series meant for children, prepared by Fr. Xavier Khan, who had already presented to Maranatha Media Centre, several video discourses on various subjects, through the series- ‘GALE OF AWAKENING’; booklet series of more than eight books. till this period. He is introducing St. Rita, in this book under this series. Praying that the life-history of this saint, be of help to many.

St. Alphonsa – The passion flower of Kerala

St. AlphonsaSaint Alphonsa who lived as an unknown simple clarist nun within the four walls of the Franciscan Clarist convent at Bharananganam, in the state of Kerala, is now known all over the world. Her extraordinary power of intercession before her beloved Spouse Lord Jesus Christ, made her dear to everyone. Thousands of people from all walks of life irrespective of caste, creed, religion or country flow to the tomb of the saint to pray for their various needs and to pay homage and gratitude for the innumerable favours they received.

                                      Prayer of St. Alphonsa
O  Lord  Jesus, hide me in  the  wound of your sacred heart. Free me from my desire to be loved and esteemed. Guard me  from my evil attempts to win fame and honor. Make me humble till I become a small spark in the flame of love in your Sacred Heart. Grant me the grace  to forget myself and all  worldly things. Jesus,  sweet beyond words, convert all  worldly  consolations  into  bitterness for me. O my Jesus, Sun of Justice, enlighten my  intellect and mind with your sacred rays. Purify my heart, consume me with burning love for you, and make me one with you.

Life of St. Alphonsa

St. Alponsa was born on 19th August 1910 as the fourth child of Joseph and Mary Muttathupadath, in the parish of Kudamaloor in the state of Kerala. She was baptized on the 27th August. Her baptismal name was Anna and her pet name Annakutty. Her mother passed away three months after her birth.

Annakutty started her schooling at Arpookara and left for Muttuchira Govt. School for pursuing her studies from the fourth class onwards under the immediate supervision of her maternal aunt Annamma Muricken. The aunt brought her up extremely affectionately, but equally strictly also. Her one ambition was that the child should be brought up as a respectable housewife for a deserving bridegroom. Annakutty had a vision of St. Theresa of Liseux whose life in spired her to become a religious. She therefore did not yield to any marriage proposal. Finally when she was almost compelled to be betrothed at to the church, she extricated herself from it by voluntary burning her foot placing it an ash pit of burning husks. Against such determine resistance the aunt succumbed to her desire and permitted her to join a convent .

Annakutty joined Clarist convent at Bharananganam in 1927 on the feast of Pentecost. She recived the veil postulant on second August 1928 with the name Alphonsa. Her vestition was on 19th May 1930. Later she joined the St. Theresa’s School Changanacherry for higher studies, on completing which she engaged in teaching for a period of one year at Vakakkad. Sr. Alphonsa entered the novitiate on 12th August 1935. During this period, she had a sever attack of hemorrhage and it was feared that she would have to be sent back. But on the ninth day of novena held by her and the community seeking intercession of Fr. Kuriakose Elias Chavera, she was miraculously cured her. She completed the novitiate and made the solemn profession of her religious vows on 12th August 1936.

Sr. Alphonsa continued to have her repeated spells of sickness and pain. She was on a bed of thrones torn and tortured by excruciating pain and prolonged agony. Here was an rejoiced in the lord and magnified Him. She was longing to suffer even more for her own sanctification and that of the world.

She constantly advised her companions and novices to accept suffering cheerfully citing the biblical references to the grain of wheat which has to fall down and decay for raising new sprouts; it has to be ground in order to be turned into hosts for transformation as the body of Our Lord. She also reminded them of the grapes which have to be crushed for yielding wine to become the blood of the Lord.
Her death(28th July 1946) was unnoticed by the public. The funeral was simple and thinly attended. But soon the school children , who loved her received favors through her intercession. Her tomb at Bharananganam turned into a great centre of pilgrimage attracting people from far and near.

How to reach:

Bharananganam town is located 5 kms east of Palai in Kottayam district on the Kottayam – Erattupett Road. Palai lies 30 k.m southwest of Kottayam.

Air : The nearest airport is at Kochi International Airport, Nedumbassery about 76 km km from Kottayam.  The routes are Nedumbassery – Aluva – Kalamassery – Thripunithra – Ettumanoor – Pala -Bharananganam or Nedumbassery – Kalady – Perumbavoor – Muvattupuzha – Thodupuzha – Palai -Bharananganam

Rail  : The nearest railhead is Ettumanoor which is 12 kms from Palai and the nearest railway station is at Kottayam (33 km) and is connected with major cities of South India.

Road : There are frequent buses from Kottayam and Palai to Bharananganam, and Kottayam is well connected by road to all important South Indian cities and towns.