St. Alphonsa

Rector’s Message

Rector’s Message

  Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 1 Corinthians 3:16 The shrine of St. Alphonsa welcomes all the children of the Father who have come in His chosen’s home to quench their thirst. Even though the mother earth received this saint 105 years ago from today, … Continued

Canonization

  Canonization  Beatification   On 2nd December 1953, Eugène-Gabriel-Gervais-Laurent Cardinal Tisserant inaugurated the diocesan process for her beatification. Pope John Paul II formally approved a miracle attributed to her intercession and Alphonsa was declared Servant of God on 9 July 1985. She was then known as Venerable Sister Alphonsa. She was beatified along with Kuriakose … Continued

I am like one lying transfixed to the cross

I am like one lying transfixed to the cross

On one occasion she said: I am like one lying transfixed to the cross. When my Lord lay on the cross, he could not either move the limbs or turn to any side for relief. He lay without any pillow or even a bed. And they stood at the foot of the cross cruelly mocking … Continued

Annakutty confided to a fellow nun what she did to avert marriage

Annakutty confided to a fellow nun what she did to avert marriage

After she had joined the Clarist convent, Annakutty confided to a fellow nun as follows regarding what she did to avert marriage. “I have told this only to one person before, that is to Fr. Louis. I was thirteen and they fixed my marriage as a matter of course. My heart rebelled against marriage because … Continued

Voluntary fasting and abstinence

Voluntary fasting and abstinence

Regarding her spiritual life, she makes the following observations. “I think my spiritual life then was better than it is now. I had greater devotion to God in those days. I was careful not to be guilty of even a venial sin. When I made my first confession, I had practically nothing to tell the … Continued

About her life at the Murickan family

About her life at the Murickan family

In the following extract Annakutty proudly reminisces about her life at the Murickan family. “I am now what I am because my mother brought me up under strict discipline. She used to punish me severely even for slight offences. She would not allow me to defend myself or to explain my stand even when I … Continued

Pilgrimage to the Tomb of Blessed Alphonsa

(The following article is the message of Bishop Mar Joseph Kallarangattu to the participants in the Alphonsa Pilgrimage conducted on July 23rd, 2006.) Pope John Paul II of hallowed memory raised Sr. Alphonsa to the honours of the altar at Kottayam in 1986. Though only two decades have gone by since her beatification, the fame … Continued

St. Alphonsa’s Message to Us

Mar joseph Pallikaparampil St. Alphonsa is a great gift God bestowed on our community. We are happy the diocese of Palai has been the scene of her life and death. She lived only a short life – a life that went largely unnoticed. But the quality of her life ensured her a place in heaven … Continued

Life of St. Alphonsa

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 … Continued

Coin Release

Coin Release

  The Honours Government of India Conferred upon St.Alphonsa   Having soared to the acme of sanctity, Sr.Alphonsa’s soul was gathered to her fathers and the order of saints in an odour of grace on 28th July 1946. She is the first Indian ever to figure in the Catholic canon. That the Government of India … Continued