Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara was born on 10′ Feb. 1805 at Kainakary, near Alappuzha, Kerala. He attended the village school under the guidance of his first Hird„, teacher (Alan). At the age of 13, in 1818 he entered the seminary where Malpan Thomas Palackal was the Rector. He was ordained priest on 29th November 1829 at Arthunkal.
On 11th May 1831, he laid the foundation stone for the first CMI house congregation. On 8th December 1855, he made the religious profession along with other 10 companions, under the name “Kuriakose Elias of Holy Family”.
There is no area of human Endeavour where the fingers of Chavara have not touched.