Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara

Blessed Kuriakose Elias ChavaraAlso known as

  • Cyriacus Elias Chavara
  • Cyriac Elias Chavara
  • Kuriakose of the Holy Family



Studied with a Hindu teacher until age 10, and learned a variety of languages and regional dialects. Entered the seminary in 1818; ordained on 29 November 1829. Co-founder and first prior-general of the Congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate. The main work of the Congregation is education aiming at the intellectual, social, economic, moral and spiritual advancement of people, especially women and children; it works today in eight countries with almost 5,000 members. Kuriakose made his religious profession in the Congregation in 1855. Vicar-general for the Syro-Malabar church in 1861. Defended ecclesial unity which was threatened by schism by the consecration of Nestorian bishops in his area. Worked to renew the faith in Malabar. Co-founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Mother of Carmel in 1866. Known as a man of prayer with a devotion to the Eucharist and the Virgin Mary.






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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara“. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 November 2019. Web. 28 October 2021. <>