Mother Mariam Thresia: Kerala’s fourth saint in-the-making

Mother Mariam Thresia: Kerala’s fourth saint in-the-making

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When Vatican declares Mother Mariam Thresia as a saint on October 13, she will become the fourth person to be canonised from Kerala.

All proceedings are going on a fast pace as planned and the Supreme head of Catholics Pope Francis will declare her as a saint on October 13 in the Vatican.

Saint Alphonsa, Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara, and Saint Euphrasia Eluvathingal are the other three saints from Kerala.

“Education of girls was Mariam Thresia’s liberation theology. Several young girls were attracted to her by her simplicity, humility and shining sanctity,” the Vatican said while announcing its decision to anoint her.

The tomb of Blessed Mother Mariam Thresia lies at Chiramel in Puthanchira in Kerala’s Thrissur. Her village and the congregation she founded, the Holy Family, are decked up and a delegation is getting ready to fly to St Peter’s Basilica to witness the event. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had lauded her contributions during his latest ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio programme.

The process of ordaining a saint is lengthy with four different stages - Venerable, Servant of God, Blessed and the Saint - and at times it takes decades to cross each stage, say church insiders. Mother Thresia’s (1876-1926) sainthood process was started in 1978, Pope John Paul II had beatified her in 2000 and she will be ordained a saint 19 years later.

After the prayers, a nun guides pilgrims through the sprawling complex with a museum and the house where she was born 143 years ago. Her belongings are on display.