St. Alphonsa was elevated to sainthood on 12 October, 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI. She was the first Indian woman to be elevated to sainthood by the Church, the second person from India to be declared so, and also the first saint of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic Church.
Oh, Blessed Alphonsa, you have been graciously chosen from our midst to be united with Jesus Christ, our savior, in the misery of his passion, death and resurrection. You have grown to the heights of holiness and have been crowned with heavenly glory.
Help us in our trials and tribulations. Oh! Daughter of sufferings, obtain for us the grace to lead a holy life, following your example, in total submission to the will of God. Be with us, transforming all our sorrows into a holy sacrifice in union with Christ Crucified, in reparation to our sins, for the sanctification and salvation of the whole world.