Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara

Also known as

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



Entered the seminary in 1818; ordained in 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.






  • 3 April 2014 Pope Francis promulgated a decree of a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Kuriakose; it involved the cure of an eye disorder suffered by a girl named Maria in 2007
  • if you have information relevant to the canonization of Blessed Kuriakose, contact
       Carmelites of Mary Immaculate
       P.B. No. 3105
       Chavara Hills
       Kakkanad, Kochi – 682 030, INDIA
Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara“. 7 April 2014. Web. 18 April 2014. <>