Euphrasia Eluvathingal

Euphrasia Eluvathingal (born Rosa Eluvathingal; 17 October 1877 – 29 August 1952) was an Indian Carmelite nun of the Syro-Malabar Church, which is an Eastern Catholic Church in Kerala. Euphrasia is said to have had a vision of the Holy Family, at which point the illness she had long felt ceased. She was canonised as a saint by Pope Francis on 23 November 2014 in Vatican City. Since the beheading of St. John the Baptist is celebrated on August 29, the feast of St. Euphrasia is postponed to August 30 .


Euphrasia Eluvathingal

Religious
BornRosa Eluvathingal
17 October 1877
aranattukara, Thrissur, Kerala, India
Died29 August 1952 (aged 74)
St. Mary's Convent, Ollur
Venerated inCatholic Church
Beatified3 December 2006, Square of the Parish Church of Saint Antony, Ollur, Kerala, India by Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil
Canonized23 November 2014, Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City by Pope Francis
Feast30 August
AttributesReligious habit

Early lifeEdit

She was born Rosa Eluvathingal on 17 October 1877 in a Syro-Malabar Catholic Nasrani family in Kattoor, Irinjalakuda, Thrissur district, in Kerala.[1]

Religious lifeEdit

 
The bed where Euphrasia died in St Mary's convent, Ollur, Thrissur, shown in the museum.

She endeavoured to lead a life of constant prayer and of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, becoming known to many people as the Praying Mother.[2]

MiraclesEdit

The first reported miracle was curing a carpenter from bone cancer.[3] Thomas Tharakan from Anchery in Ollur, a furniture polishing worker, was diagnosed with cancer by the Jubilee Mission Medical College and Research Institute in Thrissur. Thomas was admitted to the hospital for one week. Later before the surgery, a scan by the doctor showed no sign of tumour, despite an earlier scan report showing clear evidence of a tumour. Thomas's sister, Rosy, later claimed that cure was the result of her prayer to Euphrasia.[4][5][6][7]

The second reported miracle happened to a seven-year-old child named Jewel from Aloor in Thrissur District. The child had a tumour in his neck which made it difficult for him to swallow any food. Doctors at Dhanya Hospital in Potta, Thrissur District, had said that this disease was incurable. As Jewel's family came from a poor background, their only option was to pray for divine intercession. After his grandmother prayed to Euphrasia, doctors noticed that his tumour began to shrink.[8] Dr Sasikumar of Dhanya Hospital examined him once again and found the tumour to have disappeared. Many other doctors examined the boy and stated that there was no medical basis for this event.[9][10][11][12]

Stages of canonisationEdit

Servant of GodEdit

On 27 September 1986 the process of canonisation began in Ollur. On 13 August 1987 Father Lucas Vithuvatikal was appointed as Postulator. He made the oath as Postulator in the presence of Mar Joseph Kundukulam, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Thrissur on 29 August 1987 and Euphrasia was declared a "Servant of God" on the same day.[13][14]

VenerableEdit

Sister Perigrin was appointed as Vice-Postulator on 9 September 1987 and in 1988 a Diocesan Tribunal for the Cause of Euphrasia was established by Kundukulam, established an apostolic miracle on 8 January 1989. and concluded its work on 19 June 1991. On 30 January 1990 the tomb of Euphrasia was opened and her remains were transferred to a newly built tomb inside the chapel of St. Mary's Convent. Her case was submitted to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Rome, on 20 April 1994, and on 5 July 2002 Pope John Paul II declared her "Venerable".[15][16][17][18]

BlessedEdit

She was beatified on 3 December 2006 in St. Anthony's Forane Church, Ollur, with the declaration of the Major Archbishop, Varkey Vithayathil, on behalf of Pope Benedict XVI.[citation needed] Apostolic Nuncio to India Archbishop Pedro López Quintana and Archbishop Jacob Thoomkuzhy of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Archeparchy of Thrissur joined 30 prelates and 500 priests for the beatification events.[citation needed]

SaintEdit

On 3 April 2014, Pope Francis authorised the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the decrees concerning the miracle attributed to Euphrasia's intercession. This confirmed the Pope's approval of Euphrasia's canonisation. At a special Mass held at St Peter's Square at Vatican City on 23 November 2014, Pope Francis canonised Euphrasia as a saint. Mother Sancta, Mother General of Congregation of the Mother of Carmel (CMC), carried the relics of Euphrasia to the altar.[19][20]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Euphrasia of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (1877-1952)- Biography". www.vatican.va. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Cured Catholic cancer patient recalls miraculous intercession of 'praying nun'". Catholic Online. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
  3. ^ Kolata, Gina. "Cancers Can Vanish Without Treatment, but How?". Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Two miracles that made Sister Euphrasia a Saint". Manoramaonline.com. Archived from the original on 23 November 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Saint Euphrasia Miracles". CMC Sisters. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Sister Euphrasia Eluvathingal, the "mother who prays," is Saint". AsiaNews. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  7. ^ "All you need to know about newly canonised Saint Euphrasia and Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara". DNA India. 23 November 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  8. ^ Kolata, Gina. "Cancers Can Vanish Without Treatment, but How?". Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Two miracles that made Sister Euphrasia a Saint". Manoramaonline.com. Archived from the original on 23 November 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  10. ^ "Saint Euphrasia Miracles". CMC Sisters. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  11. ^ "Sister Euphrasia Eluvathingal, the "mother who prays," is Saint". AsiaNews. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  12. ^ "All you need to know about newly canonised Saint Euphrasia and Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara". DNA India. 23 November 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  13. ^ "Pope Francis confers sainthood on Father Kuriakose Chavara and Sister Euphrasia". IBN. Archived from the original on 24 November 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  14. ^ "Indian Catholics now have three native saints". Business Standard India. Business Standard. 23 November 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  15. ^ "erala: Father Kuriakose, Sister Euphrasia conferred Sainthood by Pope Francis". Indian Express. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  16. ^ "Euphrasia was living saint for the faithful". The Hindu. 21 November 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  17. ^ "Fr Kuriakose Elias Chavara, Sister Euphrasia now saints". Mathrubhumi.com. Archived from the original on 23 November 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  18. ^ "EUPHRASIA: HER SAINTHOOD JOURNEY". CMC Sisters. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  19. ^ "India's Father Chavara, Sister Euphrasia canonised as Saints by Pope Francis". FirstPost. 24 November 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  20. ^ "St Chavara and St Euphrasia mark a special sabbath for Kerala". Times of India. Retrieved 25 November 2014.

Further readingEdit

  • Garhika Sabhayude Pravachika (Malayalam) by Mother Mariam
  • Sr. Pastor, CMC, Athmadaham (Malayalam): The spirituality of the Servant of God Mother Euphrasia (Thrissur : 1998)
  • Sr. Leo, CMC, (Trans), Servant of God Mother Euphrasia (Kolazhy, Thrissur: 1998)
  • Mgr. Thomas Moothedan, A Short Life of Sr. Mariam Thresia (Mannuthy: 1977)
  • Fr. J. Ephrem, C.R., The Praying Mother. Trans. C.A. Regina (Kolazhy, Thrissur: 1999)
  • Dr. Sr. Cleopatra, CMC: The twin roses of Trichur: The servants of god Mariam Thresia and Euphrasia
  • "THE TWIN ROSES OF TRICHUR: THE SERVANTS OF GOD MARIAM THRESIA AND EUPHRASIA – Dr. Sr. Cleopatra, Cmc". Mariamthresia. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2014.