She was born in Kundamaloor Kerala. She decided to become a nun and dedicate her life to god and service of mankind. Her work brought great spiritual solace to the people around her in the community. Pope John Paul II beatified sister Alphonsa on 8th Feb. 1986 at Kottayam posthumously and she became the first woman in India to be raised to this honour. She breathed her last on 28-07-1946 at Bharananganam. This place has now become a centre of pilgrimage.