The announcement of Blessed Father Chavara Kuriakose Elias, popularly called as Chavarayachan and his disciple and nun Blessed Sister Euphrasia called as 'Evuprasamma' is a twin delight for the 2000 year-old Indian Church establkished by Apostle St. Thomas and the Society founded by Chavara Kuriakose Father, the CMI....!
Kuriakose Elias Chavara is the second man from India to be declared as saint followed by Mumbai based St Gonsalo Garcia. Garcia who was born in 1556,desired to become a Catholic Priest, engaged in missionary work in Japan before being martyred in 1597 and was declared a saint by the Catholic Church in 1862.
Sister Alphonsa as the first woman saint from India and the second person to become a saint from India after St. Gonsalo Gracia . Sister Alphonsa , popularly called as Alphonsamma was declared as blessed by Pope John Paul II along with Chavarayachan. Now the Indian Church in particular and the whole country in general especially the state of Kerala are in jubilation on the declaration of two of its prestigious children loved by most of the backward caste people without any religious discrimination, to be elevated as Saints....!