Kuriakose Elias Chavara

Kuriakose Elias Chavara, C.M.I. (10 February 1805 – 3 January 1871) was an Indian Syro-Malabar Catholic priest, philosopher and social reformer.[1][2] He is the first canonised Catholic male saint of Indian origin and belongs to the Syro-Malabar Church, an Eastern Catholic Church based in the state of Kerala.[3][4] He was the co-founder and first Prior General of the first congregation for men in the Syro-Malabar Church, now known as the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (C.M.I.), and of a similar one for women, the Congregation of the Mother of Carmel (C.M.C.). He is a pioneer in many fields


Kuriakose Elias Chavara

St Kuriakose Elias Chavara of Holy Family
Founding member of CMI and founder of CMC Congregations
Born(1805-02-10)10 February 1805
Kainakary, Kuttanad, Travancore, British Raj (now in Alappuzha district, Kerala, India)
Died3 January 1871(1871-01-03) (aged 65)
Koonammavu, Kingdom of Cochin, British Raj (now in Ernakulam, Kerala, India)
Venerated inCatholic Church
Beatified8 February 1986, Kottayam by Pope John Paul II
Canonized23 November 2014, Rome by Pope Francis
Major shrineSt. Joseph's Church, Mannanam, St.Philomena's Forane Church, Koonammavu
Feast18 February (Roman Latin Catholic Church) 3 January (Syro-Malabar Church)
AttributesCatholic saint, founder and social reformer
PatronagePress industry, media, literature, congregations
InfluencesPalackal Thoma
St. Joseph's Church Mannanam. The tomb of Chavara and Mother House of CMI Congregation are here
Home of Kuriakose Elias Chavara at Kainakary
Tomb of Kuriakose Elias Chavara at Mannanam
Marth Mariam and Infant Jesus, accompanied by John the Baptist from Peshitta. Painting of Ravi Varma found at Mannanam.

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