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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Catholic Saints of India

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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 wikipedia.org

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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