PONTIFICAL ATHENAEUM OF PHILOSOPHY, THEOLOGY AND CANON LAW
ईश्भक्तिः परं ज्ञानम्
Devotion to the Lord is the supreme wisdom
A living temple of wisdom and the dharma of Jesus Christ for the well-being of all and the glory of God.
Kuriakose (Cyriac) Chavara was born in 1805, of pious and devout Catholic parents of Syro-Malabar Church, at Kainakary, Kerala, India. After his early schooling in the native village and priestly studies under Fr. Thomas Palackal at Pallippuram, he was ordained priest in 1829.
In co-operation with Palackal Thoma Malpan and Thoma Porukara, Kuriakose Elias Chavara founded an Indian religious congregation for men, now known as the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate. He believed that intellectual development and the education of women was the first step towards overall social welfare. Hence he founded, the Congregation of the Mother of Carmel, the first religious congregation for women in 1866.