Feast: 3rd January
Family Unit Meeting: Fourth Monday
Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara was born on 10th February, 1805 at Kainakary. He was ordained a priest in 1829 at the age of twenty four. In 1831, with the help and support of Rev. Fr. Thomas Palakkan Malpan and Rev. Thomas Poroorkara Malpan, he founded the first indigenous religious congregation for men in India, viz. Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI). For a long period spanning 32 years, he devoted himself to the service of mankind in various fields such as liturgy, education, culture, etc.
He became Prior General of the Congregation in 1855. He became Vicar-general for the Syro-Malabar Church in 1861. In 1886, he founded the first indigenous religious congregation for women in India, viz. Congregation of Mary Carmelite (CMC). On 3rd January, 1871, after having lived a life of great innocence he breathed his last. On his death bed he could declare that he had never lost his baptismal innocence. He was beatified, along with Saint Alphonsa on February 8, 1986 by Pope John Paul II.