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Blessed Euphrasia Eluvathingal
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Born October 7, 1877, Edathuruthy, Kerala, India
Died August 29, 1952, Ollur, Kerala, India
Beatified December 3, 2006 by Varkey Vithayathil
Feast August 29

Blessed Euphrasia was born on October 7, 1877 in Edathuruthy, a locale in the city of Thrissur, Kerala, India.

Early life

Sister Euphrasia Eluvathingal (Rose) was born of Antony and Kunjethy of Eluvathingal Cherpukaran family on 17 October 1877, in the village of Kattur, in the parish Edathuruthy, in the eparchy of Irinjalakuda. When her little sister died, her father took her to the boarding house of the Carmelite Sisters in Koonammavu. When the Vicariates were divided, Rose who was then an aspirant, was transferred to Ambazhakad along with the other sisters and novices and aspirants by the Vicar Apostolic Bishop John Menacherry. There she received the headdress as a Postulant with the name Euphrasia of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. On 10 January 1998 she received the habit of the Carmelites. After her profession, she was appointed assistant to the Novice Mistress. Though frail in health, Sr. Euphrasia exhibited rare moral courage, spiritual power and a very high sense of responsibility and so she was soon appointed Novice Mistress of the Congregation in which position she worked for nine years. After this she was made Mother Superior of St. Mary’s Convent, Ollur. Prayer was her life breath wherever she was. Hence people called her ‘the praying mother and “the mobile tabernacle.” She spent long hours before the Holy Eucharist in the convent chapel. She wanted everyone to love the Eucharistic Lord and do reparation for the sufferings he undergoes from sinners. She was also an exemplary model of charity. Her love, care and prayer reached out to everyone who was in need. Her consoling words to everyone were “I won’t forget you even after my death.” Having lived a full life of 75 years, after a brief illness, she died on 29 August 1952.

Beatification

On 3 December 2006, she was beatified in Ollur, with the declaration of the Major Archbishop, Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil on behalf of the Pope Benedict XVI.

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