Bl. Martyr Rani Maria

Sr. Rani

Beloved daughter of FCC, the Servant of God Sr. Rani Maria the FCC Martyr for marginalized- lived and died for a noble cause. Through her courageous sacrifice and martyrdom, she has sown the seed of love and justice and brotherhood in many hearts. Sr. Rani Maria was born on 29 January 1954 as the second child of Paily andEliswa of Vattalil, in an ordinary peasant family. Her Baptism was on 5 February 1954 at St.Thomas Church Pulluvazhy and she was given the name Mariam.Her God fearing parents brought her up in Christian faith and charity. As soon as Marykunju had completed her Secondary school studies, she joined the Franciscan Clarist Congregation at Kidangoor near Thommachanherself for the service of God and took the name, Rani Maria. She made her final commitment to the Lord on May 22, 1980.

Her deep desire to become a Missionary was fulfilled when the Superiors sent her to the North Indian Mission in the diocese of Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh in 1975. She remained at St. Marys Convent, Bijnor for seven years and for nine years at Odagadi in the diocese of Satna, rendering selfless service for the uplift of the poorvillagers.She was transferred to Udayanagar in 1992 in the diocese of Indore. During her initial years in the Mission she involved herself in the education of children both formal and non-formal. This slowly gave way to a much wider field of development of the poor, the oppressed and the marginalized.

Her life was fully dedicated to the service of the poor, for the sake of Jesus alone. Once when she was asked why she has chosen the Saffron Shawl she replied,Matter becomes Red hot when it absorbs heat. This is true with the human soul also. The developmental programmes in which she was engaged for the poor tribals went counter to the vested interests of the unscrupulous moneylenders and social exploiters; she became the object of their hatred, which grew steadily in step with the progress of the poor. And her enemies decided to get rid of her. On February 25, 1995, the most tragic event or we can say, the most glorious event in the history of Udainagar as well as of Amala Province Bhopal took place - the martyrdom of Sr.Rani Maria.On her way to Indore in a bus she was brutally murdered in the daylight in front of the passengers. She had 40 major injuries besides 14 bruises. Unto the last she kept on saying Jesus! Jesus!

She was declared as servant of God on 29.6.2005.

Canonical Recognition and Reburial of the Servant of God Rani Maria Vattalil (Prot. No. 2553) were conducted on 18th November 2016 as prescribed in the instruction at Indore. It was indeed a grace filled event.



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