Blessed Alphonsa Muttathupadathu


Servants of God

Poor Clare

She was born on 19th August, 1910 in the parish of Kudamaloor, in the state of Kerala, India, and was baptised on the 27th August.  Her parents were Joseph and Mary Muttathupadathu, her baptismal name was Anna and her pet name Annakutty.   

Unfortunately, her mother died shortly after her birth, so Anna was brought up and educated by her maternal aunt and her great-uncle Rev. Fr. Joseph Muttathupadathu.   Though she was confined to bed for long intervals of time,  tortured by excruciating pains, Alphonsa was always simple and joyous like a child.  She entered the Poor Clares convent at Bharnanganam in 1927, receiving the Postulant's veil  with the name Alphonsa in 1928, and the religious habit in 1930.


Alphonsa joined the Noviciate in 1935, and was professed on 1st August, 1936.  She offered herself to Jesus with all her heart, giving an admirable example of serene and complete surrender to God's will. 

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In spite of her painful diseases, she was cheerful to the last  and the smile of innocence never parted from her lips. She considered herself a sacrificial offering at God's altar and believed that suffering refines us and makes us worthy of Him.

Alphonsa was longing to suffer even more for her own sanctification and that of the world.   As Cardinal Gracias has observed: "She did not want her sufferings to be reduced in the least by human attention and sympathy, nor did she want others of know of her suffering. This is a strange expression of humility, which seeks that others should never think of you. "

She passed away on 28th July, 1946,  her funeral was very simple and thinly attended, but very soon the school children, who loved Alphonsa, received favours through her intercession.  Her tomb at Bharananganam in the Diocese of Palai, South India,  turned into a great centre of pilgrimage and innumerable miracles occurred since then.

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Alphonsa's tomb

On 2nd December 1953, Cardinal Tisserant inaugurated the diocesan process for her beatification and Alphonsa was declared Servant of God.  In 1985, Pope John Paul II  formally approved a miracle attributed to her intercession and, on 9th July, she became "Venerable Sr.Alphonsa".  On 8th. February 1986,   during his apostolic visit to India,  the Pope beatified her.


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