We congratulate priests of St. Anthony – St. Alphonsus parish, Fr. Kavungal Davy and Fr. Jilson George, who are members of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI) on the occasion of the canonization of the founder of their religious orders – Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara.
Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara, the founder of the first Indian religious Order, the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI), will be canonized in Rome on November 23, 2014. He was born on February 10, 1805 in Kerala, India. He was ordained a priest in 1829 at the age of 24. He was a zealous priest. At the age of 66, he was called to his eternal reward on January 3, 1871. *** Blessed Chavara had three great devotions. The first was his devotion to the Holy Eucharist. He spent many hours before the Blessed Sacrament in adoration and introduced the 40-hour Eucharistic adoration in India. The second was his devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. He had special interest in praying the rosary and wearing the scapular. Third was his devotion to the Holy Family. On his deathbed, he revealed to his spiritual father that by God’s grace and with the help of the Holy Family he never lost the grace received at his baptism.
He founded two religious communities. The religious Order for men, the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI), was founded in 1831. It has more than 3,000 professed members including 1,800 priests serving in 30 countries. In 1866 he founded an Order for women, the Congregation of the Mother of Carmel (CMC), which now has more than 7,000 nuns. He was a brilliant writer, an excellent preacher and a champion of the Church.
He was proficient in various languages including Tamil, Sanskrit, Aramaic, Latin, Portuguese, Italian, etc. As the Vicar General he established catholic schools. He started a printing press and published books on faith and morals. He founded a charitable institute for the care of the sick and the destitute.
The miracle needed for his canonization was the cure of a young girl called Mary Jose. She was born with a very serious squint and it was cured without any surgery through the intercession of Blessed Chavara. Medical professionals declared this a special intervention of God. Pope accepted as the miracle needed for his canonization. He was always a man of God, who led a simple life and had a great vision. Let us rejoice and ask for his intercession.
Special Thanksgiving Mass for the Canonization will take place on Sunday December 7th at 4 PM at St. Anthony Church. Bp. DiMarzio will lead us in prayers.