January 01, 2019

Saint's and Blessed's of India

This page is a list of Indian Saints, Blesseds, Venerables, and Servants of God recognized by the Roman Catholic Church. Majority of these men and women of religious life were born, died, or lived within India.

๐Ÿ“‹ Apostles ๐Ÿ“‹

๐Ÿ“ƒ St. Thomas the Apostle (Mar Thoma)

    The Apostle of India, who came to Tamilakam, present day Kerala and Tamil Nadu, and          was martyred on St.Thomas Mount.

↷ Feast : 3 July (solemnity in India)

Thomas the Apostle (Thoma Shliha; also called Didymus which means "the twin") was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus, according to the New Testament.

He is perhaps the most widely disputed Saint to have ever come to India. According to the Encyclopaedia Of Christianity, by Erwin Fahlbusch, Saint Thomas or 'Doubting Thomas', considered to be one of Jesus Christ's twelve apostles, allegedly came to Muziris in ancient South India (Tamilakam) in 52 AD. He is said to have baptised many Indians, thus giving rise to the first Saint Thomas Christians or Syro Christians, later known as Nasranis. 

He is credited with the establishment of the Seven And A Half Churches, in Kerala, and he is often considered the 'Patron Saint' of India. Rescords of Saint Thomas's disputable India visit are contained in accounts by Roman historian Eusebius of Caesarea, as well as in the third century book 'Acts of Thomas'. 

In fact some accounts by St Ephrem, a doctor of Syro Christian origin, claim that the saint died in India, and his remains are still buried Mylapore, (in modern day Chennai) where his tomb stands. 

More Info: ๐Ÿ“• Wikipedia


Saint John and Saint Bartholomew (right)
by Dosso Dossi, 1527

๐Ÿ“ƒ St. Bartholomew the Apostle

     According to tradition, did missionary activity in the region near Bombay on the Konkan        coast.

↷ Feast : 24 August

St. Bartholomew, 1st. century, one of the 12.

Often identified as Nathaniel, though many modern commentators dispute this, Saint Bartholomew was also one of Jesus's twelve apostles, and  some records claim he too came to India. 

Two historical accounts, those of Eusebius of Caesarea, and of his son Saint Jerome, claim the mission of Saint Bartholomew came to India. 

According to studies conducted by Fr AC Perumalil SJ and Moraes, the saint worked mostly in the Bombay area of the Konkan Coast. 

 Feast Day is August 24th.

More Info :
๐Ÿ“— Wikipedia

๐Ÿ“‹ Saints ๐Ÿ“‹

๐Ÿ“ƒ Early Times ๐Ÿ“ƒ

๐Ÿ“ƒ St. Pantaenus (died c. 200) 

Pantaenus was a Stoic philosopher from Alexandria, who supposedly travelled to India as a missionary, “to preach Christ to the Brahmans and philosophers there.”, according to accounts of historian Saint Jerome. Mention of his trip to the ancient port town of Muziris (in present day Kerala), can also be found in Eusebius of Caesarea's Historia Ecclesiastica, which is seemingly the source of his son Jerome's information. 

๐Ÿ“ƒ St. Petroc (died c. 564) 

    A British abbot who lived in India where he tamed wolves and returned to Britain with a        wolf companion he had met in India.

↷ Feast : 4 June

๐Ÿ“ƒ Modern times ๐Ÿ“ƒ 

St. Francis Xavier, Pray for us !

๐Ÿ“ƒ St. Francis Xavier (Francisco de Jasso Azpilicueta) (1506–1552)

     Cofounder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits); (Spain-Italy-Japan-India)

↷ Feast : 3 December (solemnity in India)
↷ Beatified : 25 October 1619
↷ Canonised : 12 March 1622

Saint Francis Xavier is said to have come to Goa, the capital of the Portuguese empire in India, in 1542 and stayed in Southern India, where he spread and restored Christianity among the Portuguese, who had settled in India after the great voyages of discovery, 30 years before his arrival. He is touted as the first Jesuit missionary to arrive in India. 

During the course of his work in India, he was invited to be the head of St Paul's College, a pioneering institution for educating secular priests, which went on to become the first Jesuit Headquarters in Asia. Saint Xavier also preached to and baptized the 'Paravas', a community he found in Southern India, who had already been baptized previously by the Portuguese, but had little interest in the faith. 

Saint Xavier's body was initially buried in Taishan, from where it was taken to Malacca, and finally brought to Goa in 1637. His body currently reposes in the Basilica of Bom Jesus, in Goa, where it lies in a silver casket, engraved with stories of his miracles. 


St. Gonsalo Garcia, Pray for us !

๐Ÿ“ƒ St. Gonsalo Garcia (Gonรงalo Garcia) (1556–1597) 

     Professed Religious of the Franciscan Friars Minor; Martyr; (India-Japan)

↷ Feast : 6 February
↷ Beatified : 14 September 1627
↷ Canonised : 8 June 1862

Born to a family of devout Catholic Portuguese settlers in Goa in 1651, Vaz went on to become the Apostle of Ceylon, present day Sri Lanka. He was part of several missions responsible for spreading Christianity in Sri Lanka and Canara (present day Karnataka) , before returning to Goa and joined the Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, where he became the provost. 

He was canonised in 2015. 

More Info :

๐Ÿ“— Wikipedia


St. John de Brito, Pray for us !

๐Ÿ“ƒ St. John de Brito (Joฤo de Brito or Swami Arulanandar) - (1647–1693) 

     Professed Priest of the Jesuits; Martyr; Roman Catholic (Latin) (Portugal-India)

↷ Feast : 4 February
↷ Beatified : 21 August 1853
↷ Canonised : 22 June 1947

Born into a powerful, aristocratic family in Portugal, Saint John de Britto came to Madurai, India as a missionary in 1673. He renamed himself as Arul Anandar in Tamil, and preached Christianity to people. 

He was expelled by the ruler of Maravar, only to return again with 24 missionaries in 1690. 

He is said to have led the life of an ascetic, wearing yellow tunics, abstaining from wine and maintaining a vegetarian diet. He was killed in Oriyur, Tamil Nadu, in 1693, by a local ruler who had launched an attack on Christianity in the region. This came after Britto was said to have converted a Maravar prince to Christianity. Saint de Britto was canonised in 1947. 

More Info: ๐Ÿ“— Wikipedia ๐Ÿ“— Vatican


 St. Alphonsa,
Pray for us !

๐Ÿ“ƒ St. Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception (Anna Muttathupadathu)(1910–1946)

     Professed Religious of the Franciscan Clarist Congregation; 
     Syro-Malabar Catholic (India)

↷ Feast : 28 July
↷ Declared venerable : 9 November 1984
↷ Beatified : 8 February 1986
↷ Canonised : 12 October 2008

Saint Alphonsa Muttathupadathu, F.C.C., or Saint Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception (19 August 1910 to 28 July 1946) was born in 1910 in Malabar, and she went on to become the first woman of Indian origin to be canonised by the Catholic Church. She was a  Syro-Malabar Catholic Franciscan nun. 

Local legend has it that before becoming a nun, Saint Alphonsa, who was born Anna, had a hard childhood. She was said to have burnt her feet off by falling into a pit of burning chaff to escape getting married. She was canonized in 2008.

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St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara,
Pray for us !

๐Ÿ“ƒ St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara (1805–1871)

    Cofounder and Professed Priest of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate; 
Founder of the Congregation of the Mother of Carmel; Syro-Malabar Catholic (India)

↷ Feast : 3 January
↷ Declared venerable : 7 April 1984
↷ Beatified : 8 February 1986
↷ Canonised : 23 November 2014

Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavarabecame the first male of Indian origin to be canonized. He was the co-founder of Servants of Mary Immaculate, and was born in 1805 to an upper class Syro Christian or Nasrani Christians in Kerala. 

He is said to have led a monastic life right from his infancy, and later took up social reform and educating lower classes. He founded the third printing press in Kerala, the St Joseph's Printing Press, which incidentally, was also the first Malayali printing press set up in India without the help of foreigners. 

He also founded the  Carmelites of Mary Immaculate, an Indian mission for Christian men. He was declared a saint in 2014. 

More Info:
๐Ÿ“— Wikipedia ๐Ÿ“— Syro-Malabar Church ๐Ÿ“— Saint Chavara ๐Ÿ“— Carmelites of Mary immaculate


St. Mariam Baouardy,
Pray for us !
๐Ÿ“ƒ St. Mariam Baouardy (Maryam Bawฤrdฤซ or Marie of Jesus Crucified) (1846-1878)

     Professed Religious of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns (Israel-Palestine-India)

↷ Feast : 26 August
↷ Beatified : 13 November 1983
↷ Canonised : 17 May 2015

Saint Mariam Baouardy, O.C.D. (Mary of Jesus Crucified, 5 January 1846 – 26 August 1878), was a Discalced Carmelite nun of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church. Born to Greek Catholic parents from Syria and Lebanon,[1] she was known for her service to the poor. In addition, she became a Christian mystic who suffered the stigmata, and has been canonized by the Catholic Church.

Her path to canonization solidified on 6 December 2014 with the recognition of a final miracle needed for her canonization. In the consistory of 14 February 2015, Pope Francis announced that she would be canonized on 17 May 2015; she was canonized at the Vatican.

More Info: 

๐Ÿ“— Wikipedia ๐Ÿ“— Carmilite Sisters of Ireland ๐Ÿ“— The Little Arab


 St. Euphrasia Eluvathingal,
Pray for us !
๐Ÿ“ƒ St. Euphrasia Eluvathingal (Rosa Eluvathingal or Euphrasia of the Sacred Heart of 
     Jesus) (1877–1952)

     Professed Religious of the Congregation of the Mother of Carmel; 
     Syro-Malabar Catholic (India)

↷ Feast : 29 August
↷ Declared venerable : 5 July 2002
↷ Beatified : 3 December 2006
↷ Canonised : 23 November 2014

Marth Euphrasia Eluvathingal also called Saint Euphrasia Eluvathingal baptised as Rosa Eluvathingal (17 October 1877 – 29 August 1952) was an Indian Carmelite nun of the Syro-Malabar Church which is an Eastern Catholic Church and a part of the Saint Thomas Christian community in Kerala. She was canonised as a Saint by Pope Francis on 23 November 2014 in Vatican City. The beheading of St.John the Baptist is celebrated on August 29.So the feast of St.Euphrasia is postponed to August 30.

More Info: 

๐Ÿ“— Wikipedia ๐Ÿ“— Saint Euphrasia


St. Maximilian Kolbe,
Pray for us !
๐Ÿ“ƒ St. Maximilian Kolbe (Rajmund Kolbe or Maksymilian Maria Kolbe) (1894–1941)

     Professed Priest of the Franciscan Conventuals; Roman Catholic (Poland-India-Japan)

↷ Feast : 14 August
↷ Declared venerable : 30 January 1969
↷ Beatified : 17 October 1971
↷ Canonised : 10 October 1982

St. Maximilian Kolbe was born as Raymund Kolbe on January 8, 1894, in the Kingdom of Poland, part of the Russian Empire. He was very active in promoting the Immaculate Virgin Mary and is known as the Apostle of Consecration to Mary.

In 1918, he was ordained a priest and continued his work of promoting Mary throughout Poland. Over the next several years, Kolbe took on publishing and, during the war, published anti-Nazi material.  Kolbe also founded monasteries in both Japan and India. To this day, the monastery in Japan remains prominent in the Roman Catholic Church in Japan.

In 1941, Maximilian was arrested and taken to the Pawiak prison. Three months later, he was transferred to Auschwitz. 

Never abandoning his priesthood, Kolbe was the victim to severe violence and harassment. Toward the end of his second month in Auschwitz, men were chosen to face death by starvation to warn against escapes. Kolbe was not chosen but volunteered to take the place of a man with a family.  It is said during the last days of his life Kolbe led prayers to Our Lady with the prisoners and remained calm. He was the last of the group to remain alive, after two weeks of dehydration and starvation. The guards gave him a lethal injection of carbolic acid. The stories tell that he raised his left arm and calmly awaited death.

Alpha for Men is a ministry in our Community Outreach and Disability Service.  At this residence, accomodation and support services are offered to men seeking to overcome drug and alcohol addiction.  This ministry chose St. Maximilian as their patron Saint because he is the patron Saint of drug addicts.

More Info: ๐Ÿ“— Wikipedia


St. Joseph Vaz , Pray for us !

๐Ÿ“ƒ St. Joseph Vaz (Juze Vaz) (1651–1711)

     Priest of the Oratorians; Roman Catholic (Latin) (India-Sri Lanka)

↷ Feast : 16 January
↷ Declared venerable : 13 May 1989
↷ Beatified : 21 January 1995
↷ Canonised : 14 January 2015

Saint Joseph Vaz (21 April 1651, Benaulim - 16 January 1711, Kandy) was a Catholic Oratorian priest from Goa. He is known as the Apostle of Ceylon.

Fr. Vaz entered Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) during the Dutch occupation, when Calvinism was the official religion. He traveled throughout the island bringing the Eucharist and the sacraments to clandestine groups of Catholics. Later in his mission, he found shelter in the Kandyan kingdom where he was able to work freely. At the time of his death, Fr. Vaz managed to rebuild the Catholic church on the island. On 21 January 1995, he was beatified by Pope John Paul II in Colombo.

More Info: 

๐Ÿ“— Wikipedia ๐Ÿ“— OMI


St. Teresa of Calcutta, Pray for us !
๐Ÿ“ƒ St. Teresa of Calcutta (Anjรซzรซ Gonxhe Bojaxhiu) (1910–1997)

     Founder of the Missionaries of Charity; Roman Catholic (Latin) (Albania-India)

↷ Feast : 5 September
↷ Declared venerable : 20 December 2002
↷ Beatified : 19 October 2003
↷ Canonised : 4 September 2016

Mother Teresa of Calcutta, M.C., commonly known as Mother Teresa (26 August 1910 – 5 September 1997), was a Roman Catholic Religious Sister and missionary of Albanian origin who lived most of her life in India of which, since 1948, she was a citizen.

Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation, which in 2012 consisted of over 4,500 sisters and is active in 133 countries. They run hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis; soup kitchens; dispensaries and mobile clinics; children's and family counseling programes; orphanages; and schools. Members of the order must adhere to the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, and the fourth vow, to give "wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor"

More Info:

๐Ÿ“— Mother's Official website ๐Ÿ“™ Wikipedia ๐Ÿ“˜ Vatican Web


๐Ÿ“‹ Blesseds ๐Ÿ“‹

๐Ÿ“ƒ Martyrs of Cuncolim (d. 1583), 

     Professed Priests and Religious of the Jesuits; Laypersons of the Archdiocese of Goa; 
     Roman Catholic (Latin) (Italy-France-Portugal-Spain-India)

Bl. Rodolfo Acquaviva
Bl. Alphonsus Pacheco
Bl. Peter Berno
Bl. Anthony Francis
Bl. Francis Aranha

↷ Feast : 27 July
↷ Beatified : 16 April 1893


๐Ÿ“ƒ Bls. Denis of the Nativity (Pierre Berthelot) (1600-1638) and Redemptus of the Cross             (Tomรกs Rodrigues da Cunha) (1598-1638)

     Professed Priest and Religious of the Discalced Carmelites; Martyrs; 
     Roman Catholic (Latin) (France-Portugal-India)

↷ Feast : 29 November
↷ Beatified : 10 June 1900


๐Ÿ“ƒ Some of the 205 Martyrs of Japan

Bl. Miguel de Carvalho, ordained a priest in Goa
Bl. Francisco Pacheco, seminarian in Goa
Bl. John Baptist Zola, missionary in Goa
Bl. Balthasar de Torres, seminarian in Goa
Bl. Diogo Carvalho (Didacus Carvalho), seminarian in Goa
Bl. Pietro Paolo Navarra, ordained a priest in Goa
Bl. Joao Batisto Machado, seminarian in Goa

↷ Feast : 10 September
↷ Beatified : 7 May 1867


๐Ÿ“ƒ Bl. Emmanuel d'Abreu (1708-1737)

     Professed Priest of the Jesuits; Martyr; Roman Catholic (Portugal-India-Vietnam)

↷ Feast : 12 January


Blessed Devasahayam Pillai, Intercede for us !
๐Ÿ“ƒ Bl. Devasahayam Pillai (Lazarus) (1712–1752)

     Married Layperson of the Diocese of Kottar; Martyr; Roman Catholic (Latin) (India)

↷ Feast : 14 January
↷ Declared venerable : 28 June 2012
↷ Beatified : 2 December 2012

Blessed Devasahayam Pillai (Malayalam: เดฆേเดตเดธเดนാเดฏം เดชിเดณ്เดณ) (Tamil: เฎฎுเฎค்เฎคிเฎช்เฎชேเฎฑு เฎชெเฎฑ்เฎฑ เฎคேเฎตเฎšเฎ•ாเฎฏเฎฎ் เฎชிเฎณ்เฎณை) (23 April 1712 – 14 January 1752), born Neelakanta Pillai in the Kingdom of Travancore, is a beatified layman of the Roman Catholic Church. Born into a Hindu family in the 18th century, he converted to Catholicism and is considered a martyr of the Christian faith.[2] Pillai was an official in the court of the King of Travancore, Maharaja Marthanda Varma, when he came under the influence of Dutch naval commander, Captain Eustachius De Lannoy, who instructed him in the Catholic faith. He is believed to have been killed by the Travancore state for upholding his Christian faith.

More Info:
๐Ÿ“™ Blessed Devasahayam Pillai ๐Ÿ“™ Wikipedia


Bl. Mary of the Passion,
Intercede for us !
๐Ÿ“ƒ Bl. Mary of the Passion (Helene-Marie-Philippine de Chappotin de Neuville) (1839-1904)
     Founder of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary; 
     Roman Catholic (Latin) (France-India-Italy)

↷ Feast : 15 November
↷ Declared venerable : 28 June 1999
↷ Beatified : 20 October 2002

Hรฉlรจne Marie Philippine de Chappotin de Neuville (Nantes, 21 May 1839 – Sanremo, 15 November 1904), known as the Blessed Mary of the Passion, F.M.M. (French: Mรจre Marie de la Passion) was a French Religious Sister and missionary, who founded the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in British India in 1877, currently one of the largest religious institutes in the Catholic Church.

More Info:
๐Ÿ“™ Wikipedia ๐Ÿ“™ FMM ๐Ÿ“™ Vatican


Bl. Mary of the Passion,
Intercede for us !

Bl. Mariam Theresa Chiramel Mankidiyan (1876–1926)

     Cofounder of the Congregation of the Holy Family; Syro-Malabar Catholic (India)

↷ Feast : 8 June
↷ Declared venerable : 28 June 1999
↷ Beatified : 9 April 2000

Blessed Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan (usually known as Mariam Thresia; 26 April 1876 – 8 June 1926) was an Indian Syro-Malabar professed religious and the founder of the Congregation of the Holy Family. Thresia Mankidiyan became known for receiving frequent visions and ecstasies as well as even receiving the stigmata which she kept well-guarded. She had been involved in apostolic work her entire life and pushed for strict adherence to the rule of her order amongst her fellow religious.

Pope John Paul II beatified the late nun on 9 April 2000.

More Info:
๐Ÿ“™ Wikipedia ๐Ÿ“™ Bl Mariam Theresa ๐Ÿ“™ Vatican


Bl. Augustinose Thevarparampil,
Intercede for us !

๐Ÿ“ƒ Bl. Augustinose Thevarparampil (Kunjachan) (1891–1973)

     Priest of the Eparchy of Palai; Syro-Malabar Catholic (India)

↷ Feast : 16 October
↷ Declared venerable : 22 June 2004
↷ Beatified : 30 April 2006

Fr. Augustine was born on April 1, 1891, and had worked as a Catholic priest among Dalits till his death on October 16, 1973. The process of beatification and canonisation began on August 11, 1987, when he was declared a servant of God. It was on June 22, 2004, that he was declared venerable by the then Pope, John Paul II. The way was opened for his beatification when the findings of the miraculous cure of the clubfoot of a boy from Idukki district, through the mediation of Kunjachan, was approved by Pope Benedict XVI.

More Info:
๐Ÿ“™ Wikipedia ๐Ÿ“™ Blessed Kunjachan


Bl. Sister Rani Maria,
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๐Ÿ“ƒ Bl. Sister Rani Maria (Mariam Vattalil) (1954-1995)

     Professed Religious of the Franciscan Clarist Congregation, Martyr; 
     Syro-Malabar Catholic (India)

↷ Feast : 25 February
↷ Declared venerable : 23 March 2017
↷ Beatified : 4 November 2017

Bl Rani Maria Vattalil (29 January 1954 – 25 February 1995) - in religious Rani Maria - was an Indian Syro Malabar professed religious and a social worker in the Franciscan Clarist Congregation who worked among the poor within the Diocese of Indore. Vattalil dedicated herself to the catechetical formation and educational instruction during her time as a religious as she moved place to place teaching in different areas; she was vocal in matters of social justice and in social activism which led to her death at the hands of those who were opposed to her efforts in aiding the poor and downtrodden.

Her cause of canonization commenced in 2003 and she was titled as a Servant of God. Her beatification received approval from Pope Francis on 23 March 2017 and she was beatified in Indore on 4 November 2017

More info:
๐Ÿ“™ Wikipedia


๐Ÿ“‹ Saints & Blesseds Born in India ๐Ÿ“‹ 

⇘  Saint Alphonsa of India
⇘  Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara
⇘  Saint Joseph Vaz
⇘  Saint Gundisalvus Garcia
⇘  Saint Eufrasia of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Eluvathingal

⇘  Blessed Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan
⇘  Blessed Devasahayam Pillai
⇘  Blessed Augustine Thevarparampil
⇘  Blessed Sister Rani Maria

⇘  Venerable Varghese Payappilly
⇘  Venerable Mary Jane Wilson
⇘  Venerable Agnelo Gustavo Adolfo de Souza

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