Sister Alphonsa from Kerala will become the first nun from India to be canonized by the Vatican. She will become Saint Alphonsa (St. Alphonsa)on October 12 this year.
Sister Alphonsa was born in a family at Kudamaloor in Kottayam district in 1910. She joined the Clarist congregation and led a life of personal trauma and prayer as she suffered from various illness all through her life till 1946 when she died.
In June 2007, Pope Benedict XVI signed a decree approving the miracles that took place through the intercession of Sister Alphonsa paving the way for canonisation.
Sister Alphonsa's beatification was ordered by Pope John Paul II, during his visit to Kerala in 1986.
Sister Alphonsa is the first person to be conferred sainthood from the Kerala Church.Kerala Church has a history begins from the visit of St Thomas around 2,000 years.
It is in Bharananganam (Palai) Kerala ,where the mortal remains of Blessed Alphonsa are kept in a chapel next to St. Mary's Church.It is a famous Christian pilgrimage spot.