Thursday, November 20, 2014

How to Reach St.Alphonsa Tomb Bharananganam to Mannanam St.Kuriakose Elias Chavara

The distance between Bharananganam and Mannanam is 28  kilometers . Churches in Bharananganam and Mannanam are famous pilgrim centers for syro malabar christians. Tomb of Saint Kuraikose Elias Chavara is situated in the Mannanam Church while Tomb of Saint Alphonsa is situated at Bharananganam Church.

Bharananganam to Ettumanoor is 21 km on State Highway -32 also Known as Ettumanoor - Poonjar State Highway. From Ettumanoor you can reach Mannanam either via Athirampuzha, MG University or via Carithas. Distance is around 8 Km.

Bharananganam St. Alphonsa to Pala - 5 kmPala to Ettumanoor - 16 kmEttumanoor to Mannanam St. Kuraiakose Elias Chavara - 8 km 

Pala and Ettumanoor are major towns between Mannanam and Bharananganam. Pala is a muncipality while you can expect a traffic block sometimes in Ettumanoor.

How to Reach Mannanam Church From Kottayam

The distance between Kottayam and Mannanam is less than 9 kilometers if you are travelling via Kottayam Medical College ByPass road. Journey will take 20 minutes if traffic is high. Tomb of Saint Kuraikose Elias Chavara is situated in the Mannanam Church which is located at the heart of city,succeeds in attracting tourists and pilgrims throughout the year

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Live Telecast Canonization of Saint Chavara Kuriakose Elias and Saint Euphrasia

Canonisation of Blesseds Chavara Kuriakose Elias and Sister Euphrasia in Vatican will be braod cast live here from Vatican. Pope Canonization live streaming coverage will be in Full HD. The event will be broadcast live on Sunday, November 23, 2014 ..Live broadcasting of Canonization Ceremonies at Vatican will be shown in big screen at Mannanam and Ollur. Major News Channels in State including Manorama News, Asianet News, Indiavision , Reporter etc. will telecast events take place Live from Mannanam and Ollur at the time of canonization in vatican.


St.Kuriakose Elias Chavara

“Why are you sad? All God’s people must die some day. My hour has come. By the grace of God, I prepared myself for it since long.” Showing a picture of the Holy Family, he continued, My parents taught me to keep the Holy Family always in my mind and to honor them throughout my life. As I had always the protection of the Holy Family I can tell you with confidence that I have never lost the baptismal grace I received in baptism. I dedicate our little Congregation and each of you to the Holy Family. Always rely on Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Let the Holy Family reign in your hearts. Don’t be sad about my dying. Joyfully submit yourselves to the will of God. God is all powerful and His blessings are countless. God will provide you with a new Prior who will be a source of blessing for the Congregation as well as for you. Hold fast to the constitution, the rules of our elders and that of the Church. Love our Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament with all your heart. Draw the waters of eternal life from that fountain as in the words of the Prophet Elijah. All the members of the congregation, especially elders must be charitable to one another. If you do so, God will be glorified by the congregation and which will be flourished day after day. Your charity will bring salvation to souls


Loving Jesus, we praise and thank you for the gift of St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara to your Church as a model of holy life. Give us the grace to be inspired by his ardent life of faith in order to experience you through prayer and to work for the growth of the Church untiringly, and thus to be committed to you wholeheartedly.
Loving Father, enable us to glorify you by striving for the sanctification of our lives and working for the salvation of all after the inspiring example of St. Chavara who was the patron of families and model of religious and priestly life. Help us to accept with joy the share of your cross through the sufferings of our daily life. May the special intention … for which we now pray be granted to us through the intercession of St. Chavara, our Lord and our God, for ever and ever. Amen
Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be to …

ചാവറപിതാവിന്‍റെ വിശുദ്ധപദ പ്രഖ്യാപനത്തിന് ഒരുക്കമായുള്ള പ്രാര്‍ത്ഥന

പിതാവും പുത്രനും പരിശുശുദ്ധാത്മാവുമായ സര്‍വ്വേശ്വരാ, ഞങ്ങളുടെ പിതാവായ ചാവറ കുര്യാക്കോസ് എലിയായേയും ഏവൂ പ്രാസ്യാമ്മയേയും വിശുദ്ധരുടെ ഗണത്തിലേക്ക് ഉയര്‍ത്തുവാന്‍ തിരുമാനസ്സായതിനെയോര്‍ത്ത് അങ്ങേക്ക് ഞങ്ങള്‍ നന്ദി പറയുന്നു. അവരുടെ ജീവിത മാതൃക അനുസരിച്ച് പ്രാര്‍ത്ഥനയിലൂടെയും പ്രവര്‍ത്തനങ്ങളിലൂടെയും ദൈവത്തെ മഹത്വപ്പെടുത്തുവാനും ദൈവജനങ്ങളെ ശുശ്രൂഷിക്കുവാനും ഞങ്ങളെ പ്രപ്തരാക്കേണമേ.
സ്നേഹപിതാവായ ദൈവമേ, റോമിലും ഞങ്ങളുടെ നാട്ടിലും നടക്കുന്ന നാമകരണ നടപടികള്‍ക്ക് യാതൊരു തടസവും വരാതെ എല്ലാ സാഹചര്യങ്ങളെയും അനുകൂലമാക്കി ഒരുക്കിതരേണമേ. ചവറ വര്‍ഷമായി ആചരിച്ചു കൊണ്ട് വിശുധപിതാവിന്‍റെ ജീവിത മാതൃകകളും സന്ദേശങ്ങളും ഞങ്ങളിലും ഞങ്ങളിലൂടെ മറ്റുള്ളവരിലും പങ്കുവയ്ക്കുവാന്‍ നടത്തുന്ന പരിശ്രമങ്ങളെ വിജയിപ്പിക്കേണമേ. ഞങ്ങളുടെ അമ്മയായ പരിശുദ്ധ കന്യാമറിയമേ, വിശുദ്ധ യൌസേപ്പിതാവേ, മാര്‍ത്തോമ്മ ശ്ലീഹായെ, വിശുദ്ധ ഫ്രാന്‍സിസ് സേവ്യറെ, ഞങ്ങളുടെ അപേക്ഷകളെ പരിശുദ്ധ ത്രിത്വത്തിന്‍റെ മുന്‍പാകെ സമര്‍പ്പിക്കേണമേ.
(സ്വ., ന., ത്രി.)

kerala state government's official delegation to vatican for canonization

Kottayam Parliament Member, Jose K Mani included in Kerala State Government's official delegation to vatican for canonization of Chavara Kuriakose Elias and Sister Euphrasia. Two  MLA's from State including Joseph Vazhakan is included in delegation headed by state ministers K C Joseph and P J Joseph, both Roman Catholic and belongs to rite of new saints. When India Government prepare a secular delegation without any christians, Kerala delegation is only Christians.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Chavara Canonization - No Christians in Modi Governments Official Delegation to Rome

November 23 is an Happy Day for Roman Catholics in India. Francis Pope will canonized two blessed persons Chavara Kuriakose Elias and Euphrasia as Saint's. India government plans to sent official delegation to Rome for canonizaton. It is sad to say that no Christian from Roman Catholic Community is in the list of official  delegation going to Vatican. Indian delegation  is  led by Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien. He is a Marthomite who have no belief in  Pope or Rome. The other two members are TDP MP P Raveendra Babu and Nagaland Peoples Front MP Neiphiu Rio. Raveendra Babu  a Hindu, Neiphiu, a three-time Nagaland Chief Minister, is a Protestant Christian. Many Roman Catholic and Latin MP's are there from Kerala. Ernakulam MP and Former Union Minister KV Thomas, Kottayam MP Jose K Mani, Pathanamthitta MP Anto Antony, Idduki MP Joice George etc. are Roman Catholics. Eventhough Modi's official delegation have a secular nature christians can't accept this becuase no parliament member from caste of two Indian Saints have included in delegation

List of saints canonized by Pope Francis

Pope Francis will canonized Chavara achan and Euphrasia Sister from India on November 23, 2014 along with four Italians.

  1. Canonization of Saints 2014

Saints canonized by Pope Francis on 3 April 2014
José de Anchieta, Marie of the Incarnation, Francis-Xavier de Montmorency-Laval
Saints canonized by Pope Francis on 27 April 2014
Pope John XXIII, Pope John Paul II

  1. Canonization of Saints 2013

Saints canonized by Pope Francis on 12 May 2013
Antonio Primaldo and 812 Companions, Laura Montoya Upegui, Maria Guadalupe Garcia Zavala
Saints canonized by Pope Francis on 9 October 2013
Angela of Foligno
Saints canonized by Pope Francis on 17 December 2013
Peter Faber

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Saint Euphrasia Novena - Prayer Blessed Sr.Euphrasia

Blessed Euphrasia Novena (Malayalam) is given above. This is the Novena of Saint Euphrasia, a christian nun from India. Saint Euphrasia Eluvathingal or Sister Euphrasia's Novena Prayer in English is given below

Saint Euphrasia CMC Tomb is located at Ollur  near Thrissur in Kerala. Many people visited her tomb and pray above Novena. She was declared as saint along with Chavara Achan on November 23 ,2014

Chavara Catholic Centre Chennur Adilabad Eparchy

Chavara catholic center is a christian pilgrim center in the name of Saint Chavara Kuriakose Elias located at Chennur in Andhra Pradesh. It is a parish under Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Adilabad

Bishop's House, Mancherial, Adilabad Dt., A.P.
Phone : 08736 -258262(Of), 255933 (P)

Chavara Achan - Android Apps on Google Play

‘Chavara Achan’ is a complete off-line android application in Malayalam, about Saint Chavara Kuriakose Elias on your fingertips. Published by KOSEY and developed by Faith Infosys, Changanacherry. Apps have been created affter collecting datas with permission of The Vice-Postulator, Cause of Bl. Kuriakose Elias Chavara, Chavara Shrine, Mannanam, Kottayam 686561, Kerala. S.India.
Android Apps for Saint Chavara Kuriakose Elias can  be downloaded from below link

Chavara Mission Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Kalyan

The Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Kalyan  is formed to cater the spiritual needs of Mumbai based Syro Malabar Christians. Churches in this diocese include Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara church located at Dighi near Pune. Chavara Mission Covers the civil districts of Dhule, Nandurbar, and Jalgaon. This is entrusted to the Devmatha Province of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI) congregation and was inaugurated on February 2, 1993 by His Excellency Mar Paul Chittilapilly first Bishop of Kalyan. Mar Thomas Elavanal is current bishop of Kalyan.

Chavara Niwas,  Nandurbar
Chavara Niwas is a mission station of Kalyan diocese with saint chavara kuriakose elias as patron. chavara niwas is located at Thaloda Road, Rakeshwade, Pallasi P.O., Nandurbar 425412.

Chavara Niwas,  Walwadi
Chavara Niwas is a mission station of Kalyan diocese with saint chavara kuriakose elias as patron. chavara niwas is located at Wadi Bhokar Road, Walwadi, Dhule - 424005.

Dhule Ashram
Dhule Ashram is a CMI Ashram in  Kalyan diocese with saint chavara kuriakose elias as patron.  CMI Ashram is housed at New Station Road, Dhule 424001.

Chavara Ashram Shala
CMI Ashram is located at Chopada Road, Dewgaon, Amelner, Jalgaon Dt. - 425 401.


Chavara Church is located at Jadhav Vasti, Kalas, Dighi P O - 411015. Saint Chavara Kuriakose Elias Church at Dighi is a Roman Catholic Syrian  church which is affiliated to the Kalyan Diocese. Christians mainly from Kerala working in Pune and nearby places in Maharastra attend Masses in this church especially on Sundays.

Chavara Church Kandivali East Mumbai - Saint Cyriac Chavara Church

Christian Community in Chavara Church Mumbai also celebrates canonization of blessed chavara as saint. Chavara Church , Kandivali is a church in the name of saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara located in a suburb of Mumbai called Kandivali, which is in the western part of India. Blessed cyriac chavara church is popularly known as Chavara Church, a Syrian Catholic church which is affiliated to the Kalyan Diocese. Chavara Church Mumbai is located 15km away from the Mumbai Airport and 3km away from the Borivili railway station. Don't miss Malayalam Holy Mass at 8 AM on Every Sunday

Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara Church Ejipura Bangalore

Christian Community in Chavara Church Bangalore also celebrates canonization of blessed chavara as saint. Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara Church, Ejipura, Bangalore-560 047 is the church in Karnataka State's capital in the name of Saint Chavara who is the founder of CMI,running Christ University and many other Educational Institutions  that play important role in making Banglore as an Educational Hub. Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara Church, Ejipura, Bangalore  renamed as Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara Church, Ejipura, Bangalore-560 047. Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara Church is a Syro Malabar church which is affiliated the Archdiocese of Bangalore. located in suburb of Bangalore called , Koramangala. 

Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara Church  Ejipura  Bangalore have masses on all days and novena of chavara achan on saturdays. Phone: +91 (0) 80-2571 1818 

Saint Chavara Kuriakose Elias - Miracles - Maria Jose Kottarathil

The miracle that was considered for the canonization of Blessed Chavara Kuriakose Elias was the instantaneous, total and stable cure of the squint eye (esotropia) of Maria Jose, an RCSC girl of age 9 from Pala in Kottayam District of Kerala State in India. Maria visited Tomb of Chavara Achan at Mannanam on 12 October 2007 along with her parents and  squint in her eyes disappearedon 16 October 2007. On 18 March 2014, the miracle was approved by the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints in the Cardinals’ Meeting which leads to the ceremony of canonization on 23 November 2014.

 Maria was born in Pala on 5 April 2005. She was baptized in the St. Thomas Cathedral Church, Pala.  She had the defect of congenital squint (alternating esotropia) in both her eyes. Doctors says surgery was only remedy. Her mother trust a lot in Jesus and she take Mariamol to Chavara Kuriakose tomb in Mannanam which is located 25 kilometers away from her home in Pala. Squint Eye was cured. 

Chavara Kuriakose Elias - Latin or Roman Catholic ?

One of the most discussed topics before canonisation is about rite of Chavara Kuriakose Latin Church in Kerala says he belongs to them becuase Chavara Kuriakose Elias died at a church in Koonammavu near Earnakulam which is under Latin Rite.  Chavara Kuriakose Elias  is well known in Kerala as a Roman Catholic of Syro Malabar Rite. The  mortal remains of Blessed Chavara Kuriakose Elias is located at Mannanam. Mannanam comes under Kudamaloor Parish in Chenganachery Arch Diocese of Syro Malabar Church. Since Mannanam Ashram is run by CMI priests syro malabar diocese also have limited joy. In short entire credit goes to CMI priests who belongs to Roman Catholic Syrian Church.

Relics of Blessed Chavara, Mother Euphrasia arrive at Kakkanad Ernakulam

The relics of Blessed Chavara Kuriakose Elias and Mother Euphrasia arrived at Rajagiri Valley, Kakkanad, the venue of the post-canonisation celebrations. The relics were brought from places such as Mannanam and Olloor, the places where the mortal remains of Blessed Chavara Kuriakose Elias and Mother Euphrasia are interred respectively and from Kainakari in Alappuzha district and Kattoor in Thrissur districts, the birth places of the beatifieds. Relics also arrived from Koonammavu, where Chavara Kuriakose Elias died.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Canonisation of Chavara, Euphrasia to be celebrated at the Rajagiri campus in Kakkanad on November 29

Rajagiri campus in Kakkanad, Ernakulam will be the venue for common celebration by the Catholic Church in Kerala on November 29 , 2014 with a concelebrated Mass with a representative character. Plenty of Bishop's and priests participate in Holy Mass. Rajagiri campus is located in seaport - airport road between Thrippunithura and Kakkanad. Rajagiri Institutions is run by  CMI.

Friday, September 19, 2014

St.Philomena’s Church Koonammavu - Chavara Pilgrim Center

St.Philomena’s Church Koonammavu, is the death place of saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara. The Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara spent his last years and buried at a monastery in Koonammavu. The place houses churches and religious institutions of various denominations of Christianity. Blessed Chavara Kuriakose Shrine, St. Philomena's Church, Koonammavu built in 1837, the church is of immense historic importance and a pilgrim centre too.Blessed Euphrasia Eluvathingal spend her boarding attached to the first indigenous Carmelite community founded by Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Rev. Leopold Beccaro 1866 at Koonammavu. Koonammavu(Valluvally South) is a town in Kottuvally Panchayat,North Paravur Taluk,Ernakulam District, Kerala,India and lies between Edappally and North Paravur adjacent to Varappuzha.

St.Philomina’s Church
Koonammavu.-683 518, Ernakulam, Kerala, India

Chavara Bhavan Kainakary Alappuzha - Pilgrim Center

Chavara Bhavan, located in Alappuzha, is the ancestral home of the saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara. Chavara Bhavan is the shrine of Blessed Kuriakose Elias. Blessed Chavara was born on February 10, 1805, at Kainakary, Venice of the east (Alappuzha) . It is a pilgrim center for Roman Catholics in Kerala. The place is accessible  by boat from Alappuzha. Alappuzha to Chavara Bhavan (via. Kayalppuram. ) is 16 km.
Chavara Bhavan Pilgrim centre
Kainakary P.O., Alappuzha -688 501, Kerala, India

Four Italians Canonized with Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Euphrasia on November 23, 2014

Pope Francis will canonized  six blesseds including Kuriakose Elias Chavara  and Euphrasia  from India and Italians Ludovico de Casoria, Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Amato Ronconi during a Public Ordinary Consistory at the Apostolic Palace in Vatican on Sunday, November 23, 2014

Ludovico de Casoria, an Italian Franciscan friar born in Casoria in 1814. After teaching Philosophy and Mathematics for 20 years, he decided to spend his life rescuing children sold as slaves in Africa.

Amatus Ronconi was a thirteenth-century Tertiary who rose to great heights of sanctity by serving God as a hermit, as a pilgrim and as a nurse. He was Born at Sldezzo, near Rimini in 1238 and died on 1306. His feast is celebrated at Rimini on May fifteenth.

Nicola Saggio (Nicola da Longobardi)was an Italian Catholic saint who was a member of the Order of Minims. Nicola Saggio was born on 6 January 1650 in Longobardi, a small town on the Tyrrhenian coast. He was beatified by the Roman Catholic Church in 1786 and will be canonized on 23 November 2014

Giovanni Antonio Farina (January 11, 1803 – March 4, 1888) was an Italian Catholic bishop known for his compassionate treatment of the poor and his enlightened views of education.
He was beatified in 2001 by Pope John Paul II and declared saint on Nov 23, 2014.

Cardinal Alenchery's Thanks Giving Mass for Saint Kuriakose Elias in Vatican on November 24

Syro-Malabar Church Major Archbishop Mar George Cardinal Alenchery will celebrate a thanks-giving Holy Mass in Vatican on November 24.It is expected that Pope Francis will  address and bless the delegation from India  after the mass by the Cardinal Alenchery. This mass is Catholic church in Kerala's thanks giving mass for declaring  Kuriakose Elias Chavara and  Sr Euphrasia as saints.

Official Delegation to Chavara Euphrasia Canonisation in Vatican (Rome)

Indian Government and Kerala Government will jointly sent official delegation to Rome to attend canonisation of Fr Kuriakose Elias Chavara and  Sr Euphrasia, who will be elevated as saints at a function to be held  in Vatican on November 23. Central government delegation includes MP's while Kerala governments delegation to Vatican includes a state minister and some MLA's. Kottayam MP Jose K Mani will surely be included in delegation.

Mannanam St.Joseph's Monastery Church awaits Canonization of Chavara Kuriakose Elias on 23 November 2014

St. Joseph's Monastery Church was built by the Saint Chavara Kuriakose Elias. Thousands of christian pilgrims  likely to participated in a Mass at St. Joseph’s Monastery ,Mannanam on 23 November 2014 to pay homage to Chavarayachan, even as the Pope Francis declared  Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara as saint in Vatican. St. Joseph's  is a Syro-Malabar Monastery located at Mannanam in Kottayam district of Kerala, where the mortal remains of Kuriakose Elias Chavara housed. Festival of Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara will be celebrated on 3rd January 2015.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Congregation of Mother of Carmel (C.M.C.)

The Congregation of the Mother of Carmel (C.M.C.) is a Syro-Malabar religious institute of Discalced Carmelite Religious Sisters founded in 1866. It was the first native congregation for women in that Church. The congregation was founded by the Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara, in collaboration with Father Leopold Beccaro, O.C.D., the Master of novices for the Discalced Carmelite friars in India on 13 February 1866 at Koonammavu in Kerala.
The congregation today is divided among 20 Provinces and six regions throughout India and Africa. They also serve in Germany, Italy and the United States.Elias Chavara, the founder of the congregation, was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1986, in the course of his visit to India. One of the congregation's early members, Mother Euphrasia of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006.

Interestingly Mother Euphrasia and Kuriakose Elias Chavara will declared as saint on same day

Carmelites of Mary Immaculate - Founder Chavara Kuriakose Elias

The Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (C.M.I.) are a religious institute for men in the Syro-Malabar Church found on 11 May 1831; 183 years ago. It is the first Catholic religious congregation founded in India. "I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts" is the motto of C.M.I. It was founded by Kuriakose Elias Chavara along with Thomas Palackal and  Thomas Porukara as co founders. The first monastery of CMI congregation was established on 11 May 1831 at Mannanam in Kottayam district of Kerala, India.
The congregation currently has five major seminaries for the training of its members: Dharmaram College, Bangalore, Darsana Philosophate, Wardha, Samanvaya Theologate, Bhopal, Carmel Vidya Bhavan, Pune, and CMI Vidya Bhavan, Baroda. The first seminary outside India was established in 2001 in Kenya. In 1962, when the Chanda mission territory was entrusted to the Syro-Malabar Church, it was committed to the care of the congregation. Apart from Chanda, today CMI bishops take care of the dioceses of Jagdalpur, Bijnor, Rajkot, and Adilabad. Other than Missionary works congregation have running lot of educational institution. One of the pioneering works of C.M.I is in 1844, the first printing press in the Syro-Malabar Church was started at Mannanam. Deepika, the first newspaper of Kerala, was begun at Mannanam in 1887. After running it for more than a century, it was handed over to a registered company.

Milestones - Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara

1805, February 10  Blessed Chavara was born at Kainakary

1805, February 18  Baptized at Chennankary Church

1829, Nov  29 Ordained priest by Arch Bishop Maurelius Stabilini

1831, May 11  Foundation of the first Indigenous Religious Congregation for Men (CMI) and first Monastry at Mannanam.

1833  Started First Seminary at Mannanam

1846 Started the first catholic Sanskrit School in Kerala

1846  Started the first catholic printing press in Kerala
1861, June 8 Appointed as the Vicar General of the Syro-Malabar Church

1866, Feb 13 Foundation of the first Indigenous Congregation for Women (C.M.C.) 

1871, January 3 The death of Bl. Chavara at Koonammavu 

1889, May 24  Mortal remains were transferred to Mannanam

1958, January 3  Began diocesan process for his beatification 

1980, March 15  Formal introduction of cause by the Sacred Congregation 

1984, April 7 Pope John Paul II elevated him to the status of Venerable 

1986, February 8 Father Chavara is declared BLESSED  by Pope John Paul II at Kottayam, Kerala

1987,December 20 The President of India, R Venkitaraman, released the postal stamp of Blessed Chavara

2014, November  (declared as saint soon)

Prayer to the Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara

Blessed Kuriakose Elias, we your children bow before you, who are chosen by God to give new life to the church in Kerala. God was pleased with you for like St. Paul who fully co-operated to the will of God, lived a life from which the Grace of God was never lost in the least.
Because God as adorned your soul with lovely virtues and glorified you in heaven and made you done august deeds for the glory of God and for the salvation of souls, we offer in union with you praise and worship to God
Loving Father, like the fiery prophet St. Elias who burned with zeal for God, you spent all your life span for the salvation of souls, now in imitation of your life, obtain for us the Grace of God to live our lives pleasing in God's sight and with it now grant us the blessings we beseech ……………….. through your intercession. Amen
1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory

Malayalam Novena Chavara Kuriakose Elias Achan

Malayalam Novena (prayer) to the blessed Chavara Achan is given below. Malayalam is the mother tounge of Kuriakose Elias Chavara , declared as saint in last week of November 2014.
Malayalam Novena - Saint Chavara Kuriakose Elias

Blessed Chavara Kuriakose Elias (Chavara Achchan) and Sister Euphrasia (Evuprasamma) are Canonized as Saints of the Catholic Church 23 November 2014

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....!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Kuriakose Elias Chavara  popularly known as "Chavarayachan"  was the co-founder and first Prior General of the first congregation for men in the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, now known as the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate, and of a similar one for women, the Congregation of the Mother of Carmel..

Kuriakose Elias Chavara was born on February 10, 1805, at Kainakary, Kerala in a Saint Thomas Christian family as the son of Iko (Kuriakose) Chavara and Mariam Chothirakkunel/ Thoppil. He was baptized on February 17, 1805, at Chennamkary Parish Church in Alappuzha. In his childhood, Kuriakose attended the village school. There he studied language and elementary sciences. 
He entered the seminary in 1818 in Pallipuram where Father Thoma Palackal was the Rector. He was ordained a priest on 29 November 1829 at Arthunkal and presided over the Holy Qurbana for the first time at Chennamkary Church.

Kuriakose Kathanar joined with two other priests, Palackal Thoma Malpan and Porukara Thomas Kathanar to lead a monastic life. The name of the community they founded was the Servants of Mary Immaculate. The foundation for the first monastery at Mannanam was laid on May 11, 1831, by Porukara Thomas Kathanar. Palackal and Porukara Kathanars died in 1841 and 1846, respectively. On December 8, 1855, Kuriakose Kathanar and ten other priests took vows in the Carmelite tradition. He was nominated as the Prior General of the Mannanam Monastery. The congregation became affiliated as a Third Order institute of the Order of Discalced Carmelites. From that point on they used the postnominal initials of T.O.C.D