Kerala Catholics celebrate as Mariam Thresia declared Saint


Thrissur (Kerala), Oct 13 (IANS): Kerala Catholics celebrated on Sunday with the canonisation as Saint of the fourth member of their community earlier in the day by Pope Francis at the Vatican, who declared Sister Mariam Thresia as a new Saint along with four others.

Mariam Thresia founded the Congregation of the Holy Family (CHF) in 1914 at her village Puthenchira, near here.

The other three from the Syro-Malabar Church in Kerala who have been canonised are St. Alphonsa, St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara and St. Euprasia.

Among them, Thresia has achieved the fastest sainthood, as it took her only 19 years to be canonised after being beatified in 2000.

Thresia was born the third of five children to Thoma and Thanda at Puthenchira on April 26, 1876, she took the celibate vow a decade later. In 1902, she chose priest Joseph Vithyathil as her spiritual head.

Following her visions of Mother Mary in 1904, the Sister adopted Mariam as her first nameA and started the CHF congregation in 1914.

She fell ill following an injury to her leg, and passed away on June 8, 1926, when she was only 50 years old.

The long road to be declared a Saint began in 1957. The prayer for beatification took place in 1963 and the first step towards canonisation began in 1971. Her grave was exhumed a decade later as part of the canonisation ritual.

In 1999, after completion of a series of processes, she was raised to the status of 'Venerable' and was beatified the following year.

A special prayer session was held at Thresia's home parish of St Mary's Church, while the ceremony at the Vatican was shown live in the church.

A fourth generation family member of Thresia said 70 members of their family are in Rome to attend the canonisation ceremony.

"The others are here taking part in the celebrations and everyone here is extremely happy and delighted that they are all able to witness this," said Jotty Thomas.

"Every home in and around this place was visited by Saint Thresia when she was here and am sure they will feel elated today," said the senior nun.

"Canonisation does not happen often and I don't think a similar day, like today, will ever take place in my life and my happiness is at its peak," said a parishioner.

Of the nearly 18 per cent Christian population of Kerala, more than 50 per cent are Catholics.

Incidentally at today's function in Vatican, four others also were elevated to Sainthood and it includes Irm Dulce Pontes from Brazil, AMarguerite Bays from Switzerland, John Henry Newman from England and Italian, Josephine Vannini.

The four others declared Saints by Pope Francis on Sunday, along with Thresia, were English Cardinal John Henry Newman, Swiss laywoman Marguerite Bays, Brazilian Sister Dulce Lopes and Italian Sister Giuseppina Vannini.

 

  

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  • Af,,, MANGALORE

    Mon, Oct 14 2019

    It is a proud moment for India, and Christians.

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  • Joe Gonsalves, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 14 2019

    Saint Sister Mariam Thresia...... Intercede for us sinners and find a place for us in Heaven.

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  • Joe Gonsalves, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 14 2019

    Dear Saint Mariam Thresia.... Please be with us and intercede on our behalf with The Almighty.

    Please find a place for us in Heavenly Kingdom

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  • Evans Alex, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 13 2019

    St.mariam thressia we are blessed and honoured by yout sainthood.please pray for a special intention of ours.

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  • Jessy Pinto, Kananjar/ Kulshekar

    Sun, Oct 13 2019

    🙏

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Atlanta

    Sun, Oct 13 2019

    Saint Mariam Thresia, Pray for India ...

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  • Vasudev, Kumta

    Sun, Oct 13 2019

    Syro-Malbar Church still not align with Roman Catholic Church. They still hold there own identity.

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  • Chandu, Karla

    Sun, Oct 13 2019

    Who told you this.....don't comment if you do not know the facts. Roman Catholic Church will not elevate anyone to Sainthood unless they are part of the Church.
    "The other three from the Syro-Malabar Church in Kerala who have been canonised are St. Alphonsa, St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara and St. Euprasia"

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  • Rakesh Pinto, Shirva

    Sun, Oct 13 2019

    Hi Vasudev..
    Roman Catholic or the Holy Catholic Church is one of the denomination in Christian church.
    Syro Malabar is one of rites of the Roman Catholic Church. Widely spread throughout the world including Mangalore and Udupi is the Latin rite.
    So there is no difference, all Syro Malabar, Malankara, Syrian Catholic, Latin are different rites of Roman Catholic Church. Udupi and Mangalore Diocese fall under Latin rites. Rites are nothing but the rituals that we follow during mass and it is different basically because of the ethnicity or what is followed by the parents and grand parents. All Catholics have rights to attend any rites church. Few prayers are different but the structure of the mass is same.
    It's a bit confusing, but all rites form the Holy Catholic Church. Hope that clarifies.
    Actually most of us do not have this info.
    We normally say we are Roman Catholics, but most of us are not aware that we belong to Latin rites of the Roman Catholic church

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  • Vasudev, Kumta

    Sun, Oct 13 2019

    Thank you very much to clarify in detail.

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  • Alex, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 14 2019

    There are 23 Roman Catholic church rites, of which Latin rite has 1.2 billion followers. The rest of the rites have 85 million catholic only but have spread out along the ethnicity of the regions, around the world . In India itself there are 4 catholic rites, Latin rite being the foremost of them .

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