Canonization dates to be set for two Indians
Slated to take place on June 12, the consistory was announced on May 30 and will gather together the College of Cardinals along with Pope Francis in order to discuss the canonization date.
Father Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal of the Sacred Heart, both from the southern Indian state of Kerala, are among the six Blesseds for who Pope Francis has called an ordinary public consistory to set the canonization date.
Slated to take place on June 12, the consistory was announced on May 30 and will gather together the College of Cardinals along with Pope Francis in order to discuss the canonization date of the four Italians and two Indians whose causes have been approved to advance by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
Born in 1805 in Kainakary in Kerala, Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara was a priest and the founder of the Congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate. He is remembered for his strong leadership, and is credited for having saved the Church in Kerala from schism in 1861.
Having begun his education under a Hindu teacher who taught him languages, different dialects and basic sciences, Bl. Chavara decided at the age of 10 to study under a parish priest, having felt the call to become a priest himself.
Following his education he entered the seminary at Pallipuram and was ordained a priest on November 29, 1829, in Arthunkal. He then spent some years involved in pastoral ministry, but eventually returned to the seminary to teach, and there joined the rector, Malpan Thomas Porukara, in founding a congregation.
After the construction of the Congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate’s first house in Mannanam, the blessed made his religious profession in 1855 along with 10 other companions, taking the name ‘Kuriakose Elias of Holy Family’. Bl. Chavara served as Prior General for all of the congregation’s monasteries from 1856 until his death in 1871.
The second Indian blessed whose cause has been approved for canonization is Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal of the Congregation of Mount Carmel, known as the ‘Praying Mother’.
Bl. Eufrasia was born in 1877 in the village of Kattur. At the age of 12, she began attending a boarding school attached to the first Carmelite community in India. She entered the Congregation of Mount Carmel in 1897 when she took her headdress and received the name ‘Eufrasia of the Sacred Heart of Jesus’.
After making her final vows in 1900, Bl. Eufarisa was appointed as assistant to the Novice Mistress, and although in poor health, was appointed Novice Mistress nine years later. She was eventually named Mother Superior of the community’s convent in Ollur.