The Franciscan Clarist Convent Bharananganam was founded on 27th October, 1910 by Rev. Fr. Chandy Kattarath of Poonjar Parish. The Clarist Convent founded by him at Maniamkunnu had to encounter many difficulties. So, Rev. Fr. Chandy, with the permission of Mar Mathew Makil, the presiding bishop of Changanacherry at that time, transplanted the whole convent to Bharananganam. The Franciscan Clarist Convent at Bharananganam stands as the earthly abode of a very holy life that exhilarates the multitudes of pilgrims flowing to the place.
The room where St. Alphonsa lived and died is preserved intact with the cow dung plastered flooring and the traditional roofing and has a lively statue of the saint. The adjacent room with the portraits of St. Little Therese and Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara who through a vision healed the saint of her many ailments is another attraction. Another appealing sight is a lifelike statue of the Saint as laid up in the casket.
The Annex- the St. Alphonsa Museum is an authentic and wonderful site that preserves invaluable holy materials used by and related to the Saint. The F. C. Convent at Bharananganam and the numerous sacred treasures preserved within stand as the glowing earthly tribute to the holy life of Saint Alphonsa, the first Woman Saint of INDIA. The room the saint lived in and her personal effects are preserved here.
Visiting Time: 7.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m.