St. Chavara

Life of St. Chavara Kuriakose


Lord God,
you raised up St. Chavara Kuriakose your priest
to strengthen the unity of the Church.
Grant that through his intercession
we may be enlightened by the Holy Spirit
to read the signs of the times with wisdom
and spread the news of the Gospel
by both word and example.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Blessed Kuriakose Elias ChavaraScripture Readings
Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13; Gospel - Luke 10:1-9.

St. Chavara Kuriakose , co-founder and first prior general of the Congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate,was born on 10th February 1805 at Kainakary, Kerala. At the age of five he began his studies in a village school, called Kalari. When he was 13, he joined the seminary at Pallipuram for his priestly training. While he was in he seminary his parents and eldest brother died of an epidemic. On 29 November 1829 , he became a priest.

St. Chavara Kuriakose was instrumental in founding two Catholic religious Congregation-one for men, Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI) and the other for woman Congregation of Mother of Carmel (CMC) , for the spiritual renewal and all round development of the society.

Starting seven ashrams and a convent in different part of Kerala, Chavara initiated a spiritual movement among the people of Kerala. He established the first Catholic Sanskrit School, a major seminary and a printing and publishing house at Mannanam. He directed that every church should start a school attached ti it and encouraged children evev poorer sections to attend the schools by supplying midday meal and dress for them. He found a "Home of Charity " to take the destitute, the beggars, the uncared sick and the old. He also organized the first voluntary charitable association in Kerala for self- help among the needy.

Even in the midst of such manifold activities he found time to write several literary and spiritual books in prose as well as verse. Among them, "Anastasyayude Rakthasakshyam" is the first narrative poem and the Nalagamangal the first chronicle of history in Malayalam. He knew seven languages- Malayalam, Thamil, Sanskrit, syriac, latin , Italian and Portuguese.

Essentially , however, St. Chavara Kuriakose was a man of prayer and great charity. He lived for 65 years and died on 3rd January 1871. His sancity was officially recognized by church , when Pope John Paul II declared him "Blessed" on 08 February 1986. St. Chavara Kuriakose is the heavenly patron of all CMI and CMC institutions. Let us pray to him to intercede before God for all our needs, especially for success in our studies.

Important Sayings of St. Chavara Kuriakose

1. Children, you are God's gifts in the hands of your parents .

2. The children who have a love of god and fear of god will love and respect their parents.

3. Trust your mother; God will hear the prayers of the mother as yours. 

4. Food is for the body, so is wisdom for the intellect .

5. Go to school regularly and recall to mind what is taught during the week.

6. Laziness fosters evil habits .

7. Let your friends be those who love God .

8. The day in which you have not done any good to your fellowmen will not be recored in your book of life .

9. Keeping bad books is like hiding fire in hay.

10.Regular reading of good books and meditating on them will illuminate the mind.

11. Attain punctuality by menas of regular timetables.

12.Your angels will be turned to devils , if you fall into evil situation.

13. You ought to reach home before evening and take part in the evening prayers.

14. Desire that others love you, and not that they fear you.

15. Take special care to keep modestyy while you sit, walk or lie down.

16. You are to forgive and forgot the wrong doings of others.

17. Tell me who your are, and I will tell you who you are.

18. What  you earn by deceit and theft willmelt like snow.

19. Idleness is mother of all vices and would induce  one to the habit of drinking.

20. Both stinginess and extravagance are equally sinful.

21. Had you not lighted the lamp during the day time, you could have lit it during night.

22. Do not insult or trouble poor.

23. god decides your vocatio and it is you to choose it.

24. If our parents have left any obligation to restitution, fulfill it with diligence and devotion.

25. Even if you are grown in age and maturity, you have to respect your parents and submit to tem.

26. Do not hate your own brethern.

27. It is the duty of children to look after their parents.

28. Do not be the cause for your parents to shed tears on account of you.

29. The humble man is greatest among men.

30. Since you belong to God, you have to give yourself back to God.