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Saint Alphonsa, F.C.C. 19 August 1910 – 28 July 1946, an Indian religious sister and educator. She was the first woman of Indian origin to be canonized as a saint by the Catholic Church. Her feast day is observed on July 28th.
St Alphonsa was born as Anna Muttathupadathu in a Syro-Malabar Nasrani family to Cherian Ouseph and Mary Muttathupadathu in Kudamalloor, near Kottayam, on 19 August 1910. She was baptized on 27 August. Alphonsamma, as she was locally known, was born in Arpookara, Kerala, India, within the Archdiocese of Changanassery.
When it became possible, Anna joined the Franciscan Clarist Congregation, a religious congregation of the Third Order of St. Francis, and through them, completed her schooling. For most of her years as a Clarist Sister, she endured serious illness. After a series of serious health problems, she died on 28 July 1946, at 36 years old. She was buried at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Bharananganam.
Claims of her miraculous intervention began almost immediately upon her death and often involved the children of the convent school where she used to teach. On 2 December 1953, Cardinal Eugène Tisserant inaugurated the diocesan process for her beatification and Alphonsa was declared a Servant of God.
In 1985, Pope John Paul II formally approved a miracle attributed to her intercession and on 9 July she became “Venerable Sister Alphonsa”.
Venerable Sister Alphonsa was beatified along with Father Kuriakose Elias Chavara, T.O.C.D., at Kottayam, on 8 February 1986 by Pope John Paul II during his Apostolic Pilgrimage to India.
Her tomb at St. Mary’s Church, Bharananganam, has become a pilgrimage site as miracles have been reported by some of the faithful.