OCP News Service – 29/5/18
Kerala-India: Stigmata Orthodox Nun Susan Kuruvilla of India entered eternal rest. Mother Susan received global attention for having Stigmata wounds on her body. She was the Mother Superior of the Mar Gregorious Malankara Orthodox Monastery and a member of Carmel Orthodox Monastic community of the Indian Orthodox Malankara Church.
Bio of Mother Susan Kuruvilla
Mother Susan Kuruvilla, living saint of India was born in Parumala in the state of Kerala, India in 1927 to a devout Indian (Malankara Syrian) Orthodox family. From birth, she was initiated into and practiced the Christian faith according to prescribed traditions. She was a particularly devout child. At the age of 13 years old, when attending Good Friday services in the local church, she was marked with the stigmata. Mother Susan had a vision of Our Lord while praying in which He asked obedience of her and that she would dedicate her life to God as a consecrated virgin. With humility and wholeheartedness, she said “Yes” to the request which Jesus had made of her. These facts are well established and have been attested to by the Bishops, priests and faithful of the Church.
Mother Susan was educated in a Catholic convent and became a consecrated nun in obedience to God’s Will. With God’s continual guidance and grace which she received in her intense and deep prayer, she established the Mar Gregorios Ashram in 1973.
For these many past decades since she received the stigmata, Mother Susan suffers the passion of Christ each Tuesday and Friday. Under the power of the Holy Spirit, she enters entirely into Christ Crucified and her wounds begin to bleed. This passion lasts generally about one half hour and on Good Firday for three hours. Mother is attended by Father Remban T. K. Mathew, and Sistesr Mariamma and Navomy during her passion ecstasy. Many devotees also attend and receive miraculous spiritual blessings and graces from the Holy Spirit through Mother Susan. Many pilgrims have come from North America and Europe to be present at the passion which Mother Susan suffers and to participate in the spiritual life of Mar Gregorios Ashram.
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