St. Alphonsa Muttathupadathu (1910 – 1946) was the first woman from India to be canonized as a saint. She suffered much during her childhood. She lost her mother early in life and was put under stern care of her aunt. She contracted a skin disease that lasted a year. She fell into a pit of burning chaff that partially disabled her for life. St. Alphonsa became a nun with the Franciscan Clarist Congregation, taking the name of Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception. Her final years were marked with illness and suffering. Yet she united them with the sufferings of Jesus for the sake of sinners. St. Alphonsa's feast day is on 28 July.