IN TODAY’S LIVES OF THE SAINTS AND MARTYRS, THE FIRST NATIVE INDIAN TO BE CANONIZED A SAINT
Written by Jennifer Snow on 07/28/2017
Winchester, VA – Saint Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception, born Anna Muttathupadathu in 1910, she was raised by her maternal aunt, who wanted her to become a perfect housewife with a wealthy husband. She, however, wanted to become a bride of Christ. After falling into a pit of burning chaff at 13 and becoming permanently disfigured, arranged marriage was off the table. Local hagiographies suggest she inflicted the injury upon herself to avoid marriage. Anna joined the Clarists at Bharananganam, and at 17 received the veil, taking the name Alphonsa after Saint Alphonsus of Liguori. Her religious life was plagued with health crises of which she died in 1946. Saint Alphonsa, pray for us!
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