16-11-2008: Canonization of St. Alphonsa Muttathupadathu Indian Stamp


Saint Alphonsa was at birth known as Anna Mutthupadathu. She was a teacher by a nun’s profession. She was the first woman of Indian origin to be canonized as a saint after decades of scrutiny by the congregation. She was also the first saint of the Syro-Malabar Church. Alphonsa was born as Anna Mutthupadathu on August 19th, 1910 at Kudamaloor near Kottayam in a Malankara family. Her parents nicknamed her Annakutty. After the death of Alphonsa’s mother, she was raised by her aunt. Anna’s great-grandfather, Joseph Muthupadathu, taught her. Anna had developed eczema at the age of three, and she had been suffering for a year. In 1916, Anna started school, and he received his first communion on November 27, 1917.

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