A Short History

Introduction

Mother Mariam Thresia, foundress of the Congregation of the Holy Family, was beatified on April 9, 2000 by His Holiness Pope John Paul II at St. Peter’s square, Rome. She is the 4th Indian out of 5 to have been beatified by the church so far. Beatification in Roman Catholicism is the last stage of canonization. The beatified person is called” Blessed”.

Blessed Mariam Thresia (1876-1926) is commemorated in the church on June 8th.She is one of the modern manifestations of sanctity in our church. From the very beginning of her life she interiorized the suffering of Jesus. In later life she is credited with mystical experiences that deepened her spirituality further. For some time she lived with the sisters who were willing to receive her. But in 1913, she began to live in a prayer house at Puthenchira with the blessing of Bishop. It was later made into a convent dedicated to the Holy Family. Mariam Thresia along with three others made the profession religious vows and invested with the habit soon. On May 14, 1914, the congregation of the Holy Family was founded.

By Pope John Paul II

“I extend my warm greetings to the Bishops from India, to the members of the congregation of Holy Family, as well as to the priests, religious and faithful who rejoice in the Beatification of Sr.Mariam Thresia Mankidiyan. Blessed Mariam Thresia dedicated herself generously to the practice of the Evangelical counsels and an intense life of prayer, which did not spare her suffering sustained her in her many charitable works and willingness to seek out those who were lost. Through her intercession, may the church in India be blessed? With an increase in vocations to the religious life imbued with her spirit of prayer and charity”. - Pope John Paul II

(Speech made by Pope John Paul II during the Beatification of Blessed Mariam Thresia on 9yh April 2000.)