Kuriakose Elias Chavara was born on 10th February 1805 at Kainakary, Kerala, as the sixth child of parents Kuriakose and Mariam. When he was 13, he joined the seminary at Pallipuram for his priestly training. On 29th November 1829 he became a priest.
Chavara was instrumental in founding two catholic Religious Congregations one for women, Congregation of mother of Carmel (CMC) and the other for men, Carmelities of Mary Immaculate (CMI), for the spiritual renewal and all round development of society.
Starting seven religious houses and a convent in different parts of Kerala, Chavara initiated a spiritual movement among the people of kerala. He established the first Sanskrit School in 1846 at Mannanam, and his mandate to start schools attached to every church in 1864, made tremendous changes in the educational scenario of Kerala.
Chavara was a man of prayer and great Charity. He lived for 65 years and died on 3rd January 1871. On 7th April 1984, Pope John Paul II solemnly declared Chavara, Venerable, evaluating the heroic virtues of the servant of God. On 8th February 1986, during his historic visit to Kottayam, Kerala. Late Pope John Paul II, raised him to the honors of the Altar declaring him the BLESSED and Bl.Kuriakose Elias Chavara was declared a Saint on 23rd November 2014 by his Holiness Pope Francis.