Pope Francis will declare Indian nun Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan a saint on October 13 at the Vatican City, the Church said.
Mariam Thresia, the foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family (CHF), will be raised to the glory of the altar during a solemn Eucharistic Celebration in Rome’s St Peter’s Square on Sunday, Vatican News said.
The nun from Kerala will be canonised along with English Cardinal John Henry Newman, Swiss laywoman Marguerite Bays, Brazilian Sister Dulce Lopes and Italian Sister Giuseppina Vannini.
Mariam Thresia was called during the first half of her life as simply Thresia, the name given to her during her baptism on May 3, 1876. She wanted to be called Mariam Thresia from 1904 as she believed that she was asked to add “Mariam” to her name by the Blessed Virgin Mary in a vision.
She professed as the foundress and first member of the Congregation of the Holy Family in 1914 as Mariam Thresia. The Church has declared her one of the rare holy persons who moved constantly and consciously among the inhabitants of this world as well as with visitors from the world above and below.
“In imitation of Jesus, she helped the poor, nursed the sick, visited and comforted the lonely people of her parish. She was also blessed with the stigmata but kept it secret to avoid attention. She received several mystical gifts like prophecy, healing, an aura of light, sweet odour and frequently had ecstasies and levitations. Her entire existence was tormented by demons and she offered her sufferings for the remission of the sins of the world,” the Vatican News said.
Sister Thresia died on June 8, 1926 at the age of 50 and was declared ‘blessed’ by Pope Saint John Paul II on April 9, 2000.
Pope Francis on February 12 authorised a decree recognising a miracle through her intercession, which cleared her for sainthood, and on July 1, the Pope decided on October 13 as the canonization day.
In his Mann ki Baat radio programme on September 29, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had referred to Sister Mariam Thresia, who will be declared a saint by the Pope. Referring to Sister Thresia, Modi had said that it is a matter of pride for every Indian that, on the coming October 13, Pope Francis will declare her a saint.
“Sister Thresia, in her short lifespan of 50 years, worked for the good of humanity becoming a noble example for the entire world. Whatever task Sister Mariam Thresia undertook and accomplished, she did so with utmost dedication and devotion,” Modi had said.
She rendered service in the fields of education and social service and has built many schools, hostels and orphanages, he had pointed out.