Maria Theresa Chiramel

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Blessed Maria Theresa Mankdiyan Chiramel
Born 26 April 1876
Puthenchira, Thrissur District, Kerala, India
Died 8 June 1926
Kuzhikattussery, Thrissur district
Venerated in Syro-Malabar Catholic Church
Beatified 9 April 2000 by Pope John Paul II
Feast 8 June

Blessed Maria Theresa Mankidiyan (26 April 1876 – 8 June 1926) was a Syro-Malabar nun from the Indian state of Kerala in Thrissur, beatified in 2000. She is the founder of the Holy Family Congregation.

Early life[edit]

Maria was born in Puthenchira in Thrissur district on 26 April 1876 as the third child of Thoma and Thanda Chiramel Mankidiyan. She was baptized as Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan on 3 May 1876. When she was 12 her mother died. This marked the end of her elementary school education and dedicated herself to prayer in her church.[1][2]

As nun[edit]

In 1903 she requested Mar John Menachery, Archbishop of Thrissur to build a house of prayer and retreat but it was turned down. Maria served several religious congregations and in 1913, she set up a prayer house at Puthenchira and in the next year she founded her Holy Family Congregation on 14 May 1914. During her life as a nun, she purportedly had mystical experiences such as receiving the stigmata and being tormented by diabolical attacks.[3] She died at Kuzhikattussery, Thrissur district on 8 June 1926.[4]

Canonization process[edit]

She was declared Servant of God on 5 October 1973; declared Venerable on 28 June 1999 by Pope John Paul II and was beatified on 9 April 2000 by Pope John Paul II. Her feast day is on 8 June.[5][6]

The second miracle needed for her canonization was investigated and received the formal validation of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints on 24 June 2014.


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  2. ^ "Blessed Maria Theresa Chiramel". Churches in India. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  3. ^ "Blessed Maria Theresa Chiramel". Missionaries of the World. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
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  5. ^ "The four others Blessed from India". The Hindu. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  6. ^ "Mother Teresa is 5th beatified candidate from India". Rediff. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 

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