St. Alphonsa Shrine Church & Pilgrim Center Bharananganam 686578 Phone Rector 04822 238644, Office 04822 236244, 8301062644
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.
Pope Benedict XVI declared Sister Alphonsa’s name for canonization on 1 June 2007, a process that was started 55 years ago. She was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1986 in Kottayam, 40 years after her death, in recognition of the numerous miracles associated with her.
Athiyalil Thomas Abraham also called Athiyalil Kunjettan was born in Kattoor family of Punkunnam. He was born with a defect of his lower libs. Both his legs were twisted. His parents took him for treatment to places in Kerala and outside but were of no avail. Once where their relatives were going to St Alphonsa’s Tomb at Bharananganam, their aunt Aleykutty advised them to take the 11 year old boy too. They did so.
They are housed in the three-storied structure in front of St. Mary’s Forane Church. Time: 8.30 a.m.
The following extract form St Alphonsa’s diary, original written in Malayalam, spells out her spiritual ideology.
St. Alphonsa Chronology
1910 August 19: Born at the Muttathupadam house, Kudamaloor
The Honours Government of India Conferred upon St.Alphonsa
A. Holy Mass, Ladeenj & Prayer of Intercession (Novena)
A few of the letters St. Alphonsa wrote to Fr. Louis C.M.I her Novitiate Director