Commemorative Coins on St Alphonsa – 23 Aug 2009.
The birth centenary celebrations of St. Alphonsa of Immaculate Conception formally got under way at Bharananganam, Kottayam, Kerala her last resting place, with Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee releasing commemorative coins on Sunday , 23 Aug 2009 at St Mary’s Church. The coins of Rs.100 and Rs.5 denominations bear her image on one side.
St. Alphonsa is the first woman saint of Indian origin in the Catholic Church. She was consecrated Saint by Pope Benedict XVI in Rome on October 12, 2008. The Franciscan nun had lived much of her life at a monastery at Bharananganam, near here, and was buried at the cemetery nearby.
First set of coins were presented to Bishop Joseph Pallickaparambil, former Bishop of Pala diocese of the Syro-Malabar Church. . The centenary celebrations will continue for the next one year.