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Saint of June - St Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan

Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan was born in 1876 in Kerala, India. In 1904 she expressed a wish to to be called Mariam after receiving a vision of Our Lady who instructed her to add this to her name. As a young woman she engaged in apostolic work with poor families. She received the stigmata in 1905. In 1912 Mariam joined the Carmelites. She subsequently left and founded the Congregation of the Holy Family in 1914, becoming the order’s first Superior. In 1926 she received a wound from a falling object which proved fatal. Her final words were “Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I give you my heart and my soul.” Saint Mariam was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2000 and canonised by Pope Francis in 2019. Her feast day is celebrated on 7th June.

Written by Paul Cavadino

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