About our Foundress St. Mariam Thresia
St. Mariam Thresia, born on 26th April 1876 in Kerala, is the foundress of the Congregation of Holy Family. Her prophetic vision encompassed her passion for the Lord and compassion for his people. At a time, when women were suppressed by the dominating society, she broke the shackles of confinement and progressed in her mission of unconditional service.
Holy Family Congregation was founded in 1914 by the visionary zeal of St. Mariam Thresia, a pioneer in the field of family apostolate, beatified on 9th April 2000. She has been the guiding star to her followers who have vowed to implement and accomplish her divine mission.
Her heroic venture of building up families paved the way for a stronger society. Her conviction, grit and determination enabled her to overlook oppositions and to forge ahead in building up ideal families. She built up the congregation with spiritual wealth of prayer, penance, piety and charity. On 8th June 1926, she left for her heavenly abode. Her sanctity was recognized by the church and Pope John Paul II declared her “Blessed” on 9th April 2000.
The sisters of the congregation of Holy Family enliven her vision and strive to accomplish their noble mission. The flame lit by this “St. Mariam Thresia” continues to glow and shine with greater intensity. Students and staff who enter Holy Family Convent School share in our endeavor to scale new heights and to pass on this “flame” to the world all over.
Co – Founder
FR. JOSEPH VITHAYATHIL was a priest from India who has been declared as Venerable by the Catholic Church. He was born in Puthenpally, Trichur District of Kerala State of India to Catholic parents of the Vithayathil family on 23 July 1865. After being diocesan priest for a few years, in 1902 he was sent to perform exorcisms on a young mystic girl called Mariam Thresia. Here he became her Spiritual director until her death in 1926. He asked her to write her life story from early childhood, on the instructions of his Bishop. This resulted in the Autobiographical Notes of Blessed Mariam Thresia dealing with her life experiences and events up to 1905.
He helped her establish the Congregation of the Holy Family on 14 May 1914 blessed by Mar John Menachery. He was appointed as the Chaplain of this convent in 1922. After the death of the Mariam Thresia, he guided the congregation until the formation of its General Council in 1942. Under his guidance a school for teaching stitching, tailoring, weaving, knitting etc. was started in 1929 at Kuzhikkattussery.