Mariam Thresia


The roots of St.Joseph's college lie deep in the vision of Blessed Mother Mariam Thresia,  the foundress of the  Congregation of  the Holy Family.  She was born in the Chiramel Mankidiyan family in Puthenchira, Kerala, on 26th April 1876. Her whole life had been a beautiful and  powerful utterance of her passion for the Lord and compassion for His people.

At a time when women were destined to spend their lives with in the four walls of their homes, she went out to seek the poor and the suffering to wipe out their tears and to inculcate values that would bring ultimate joy and peace.

Mother Mariam Thresia was convinced that the world could be saved only through families embedded on the rock of love.  She founded a new congregation dedicated to the cause of families on 14th May 1914.  knowing that education of women is crucial for the formation of ideal families, she started a primary school the very next year.  She built up the congregation with the 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 II  declared her Blessed on 9th April 2000.

The mission of this apostle of families was taken up by her daughters of the congregation of  the Holy Family.  Their manifold family oriented service through direct family apostolate, education institutions, hospitals, counseling centres, press, homes for the orphans, the aged and the sick aim at attaining wholeness for individuals and families.