- Kuriakose Elias Chavara
name= Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara
death_date=death date and age|1871|1|3|1805|2|10|mf=y
caption= Kuriakose Elias Chavara
Kainakary, Kerala, India
beatified_date= February 8, 1986
BlessedKuriakose Elias Chavara was the co-founder and first prior-general of the Congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculateand of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Mother of Carmel. He was also known as "Cyriac Elias Chavara."
Blessed Chavara was born on
February 10 1805at Kainakary( Kerala, India). His parents were Iko (Kuriakose) Chavara and Mariam Thoppil. He was baptized on February 171805 at Chennankari Parish Church in Alappuzha. He attended the village school under the guidance of a Hindu teacher. There he studied language and elementary sciences. He entered the seminary in 1818 in Pallipuram where Palackal Thoma Malpanwas the Rector. He was ordainedon November 29 1829at Arthunkaland first celebrated the Divine Liturgyat Chennankari Church.
The congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (C.M.I.) was started by
Palackal Thoma Malpan, Thomas Porukaraand the Blessed Chavara. They were assisted by Brother Jacob Kanianthara. The foundation for the first monastery at Mannanam was laid on May 11 1831. Palackal Malpan and Father Thomas Porukara died in 1841 and 1846, respectively.
Blessed Chavara became Prior General of the Congregation in 1855. He became Vicar-general for the
Syro-Malabar Churchin 1861. He defended ecclesial unity which was threatened by schism by the consecration by Tomas Rochosof Nestorianbishops. He worked to renew the faith in the church. He was a man of prayer with a devotion to the Eucharist and the Virgin Mary.
He died on
January 3 1871, aged 65, at Koonammavu, Indiaof natural causes. In 1889 his body was transferred to the chapel of Saint Joseph's Monastery, Mannanam( Kerala, India). The Monastery at Mannanam has become a pilgrim centre, where hundreds of people visit the Blessed Chavara's tomb every Saturday.
beatified, along with Blessed Alphonsaon February 8 1986by Pope John Paul IIat Kottayam, India. His memorial is celebrated on January 3.
* [http://www.blessedchavara.org Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara]
* [http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/saintk17.htm Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara] at Patron Saint Index
* [http://cs.nyu.edu/kandathi/pal.pdf Palackal Thoma Malpan]
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