Pope Francis will announce Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan, an Indian religious woman, a saint on October 13, her assembly said here Tuesday.
The Pope has officially affirmed the canonization of Mariam Thresia, foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Family, at a customary open consistory of cardinals on reasons for canonization at the Vatican on July 1, it said.
He has decreed that the canonization will take place in St Peters Square on October 13 this year, the congregation said. The nun from Kerala will be canonized during a Mass along with John Henry Newman from England, Italian Josephine Vannini, Swiss Marguerite Bays and Brazilian Irm Dulce Pontes, it said.
The cloister adherent has a place with the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. She was conceived in Puthenchira in Thrissur locale on April 26, 1876, and passed on in Kuzhikkattussery on June 8, 1926. The cloister adherent was announced admired on June 28, 1999, and glorified on April 9, 2000, by Pope St John Paul II in Rome. She was professed in 1914.
The foundress and the first member of the Congregation of the Holy Family, Mariam Thresia, “with indomitable energy and utter trust in divine providence,” built, in less than 12 years, three new convents, two schools, two hostels, a study house, and an orphanage, a Vatican document said.
“Education of girls was Mariam Thresia’s freedom religious philosophy in real life, without the trademark. A few young ladies were pulled in to her by her effortlessness, lowliness and sparkling holiness. At the season of her demise at 50 years old, there were 55 Sisters in the assemblage, 30 guests and 10 vagrants under her consideration,” a Church record said.
The Congregation of the Holy Family has more than 1,500 pronounced sisters, serving in Kerala, in the mission territories of North India, in Germany, Italy, and Ghana, with a sum of 176 houses in seven areas and 119 fledglings, it said.
The Vatican had earlier declared three Kerala-born Indian Catholics as Saints. While Fr Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Sister Euphrasia were canonized into the league of saints by Pope Francis in 2014, sister Alphonsa has declared a saint in 2008.