• The children who love and fear God will love and respect their parents.

  • Let your ability be manifest in your discipline of life, in piety and control of your senses.

  • Whatever you earn through deceit and theft will soon melt away like snow.

  • It is the duty of children to look after their parents in their old age.

  • The greatest among you is the one who is the humblest.

  • When you go through sufferings and sickness, surrender yourself totally to the will of God.

  • Never hate your own brothers and sisters.

Milestones in the life and contributions of Saint Chavara



 
MILESTONES
&
CONTRIBUTIONS
10-2-1805
Chavara was born in Kainakary, Kerala



8-9-1805
Chavara was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary at Vechoor Church




1818
Chavara joined the parish seminary at Pallipuram




11-5-1831
With Fathers Thomas Palackal and Thomas Porukara,Chavara founded the First Indian Religious Congregation for Men(CMI)




1833
Chavara established the First Syro - Malabar common seminary with other two founding fathers at Mananam from 1833




16-2-1844
Chavara was appointed as Malpan (futor of sacred subjects) examiner of candidates for priesthood and was authorized to give patents to the newly ordained to hear confessions and to preach in the Churches 16-2-1844




1846
Chavara founded the First Catholic Sanskrit School in Kerala at Mananam




8-12-1855
Chavara was the first professed religious priest in the Indian Church




8-6-1861
Chavara was the first Vicar General in the Syro-Malabar Church after the time of Archdeacons




1862
Chavara is the author of the First Malayalam Narrative poem -Anasthasyaude Rakthasakshyarn, an inspirational Martyr's story




1864
Chavara popularized the new 'May Month devotion of Blessed virgin Mary' from Mananam




13-2-1866
In collaboration with Fr. Leopold OCD, an Italian Missionary, Chavara founded the first Indian Religious Congregation for women now known as (CMC) at Koonamavu in Kerala




2-1-1868
Chavara, supported by Fr. Leopold OCD, started the first boarding house and school in Kerala for girls at Koonammavu




1869
Chavara founded the first lay charitable organization, the 'Confraternity of St. Joseph for Happy Death' at Kainakary, Kerala




1869
Chavara initiated the Catholic re-union movement of the 19th Century in 1869




24-5-1889
Chavara's mortal remains re-entombed at Mannanam the Mother house of the CMI Congregation 24-5-1889




9-12-1955
Chavara's canonization process officially started by Arch diocese Changanserry




8-2-1986
Chavara's beatification at Kottayam, Kerala by Pope John Paul II




4-5-2006
Government of Kerala fixed a large painting of Chavara in the Literary Academy Hall of Thrissur to honour Chavara as an eminent literary contributor to Malayalam Language of 19th century 4-5-2006




18-2-1805
Chavara was baptized at Chennamkary parish church



18-10-1815
Chavara started his primary education in Kalari at Kainakary




29-11-1829
Chavara was ordained priest at Arthunkal church .





1830
Chavara popularized the Sunday Homilies and introduced retreats for Priests and laity in Kerala with other two founding fathers from 1830



1838
The devotional practice of the Way of the Cross' was started at Mannanam from 1838





3-7-1846
Chavara founded the first press and publishing house of Syro-Malabar Church at Mananam





1853
Chavara started the First Syro-Malabar Catechumenate for faith formation at Mananam



1856-1858
Chavara wrote 10 Eclogues (Shepherd Plays) and introduced them in the CMI novitiate at Koonamavu, the first dramatic presentation in the Indian languages



1861
Chavara took the leadership in protecting the Syro-Malabar Church from the schismatic intruder bishop Roccos




1862-1869
Chavara edited the Divine Office for priests, Compiled and composed Liturgical Rubrics - Thukkasa, liturgical calendar, set the Office of the dead for Priests, laity and children of the Malabar Church etc.



1864
Chavara as Vicar General implemented the idea ' A school for every Church' in the Kerala Church



15-2-1866
Chavara started the 40 Hours Eucharistic Adoration in Kerala at Koonammavu



13-2- 1868
Chavara prepared the first Instruction Manual, 'A Testament of a Loving Father' for the Christian Families, first of its kind in the church



1869
Chavara founded the first Home of Charity • Upavisala for the sick, old and Destitute at Kainakary



3-1-1871
Chavara died at St. Philomina's Monastery at Koonammavu



21-12-1936
Chavara's canonization process started at the congregation level on 21-12-1936



7- 4- 1984
Chavara was declared Venerable by Pope John Paul II in Rome



20-12-1987
Government of India released the postal stamp considering Chavara's social reforms

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