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The Life and Legacy of Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara

The Life and Legacy of Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara

The Life and Legacy of Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara

  • By: John Mannarathara

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ISBN: 9788130930183

Bind: Hardbound

Year: 2015

Pages: 272

Size: 8.5 x 11 Inch

Publisher: Viva Books Originals

Sales Territory: Worldwide


Three crippling social perils: epidemic deaths, untouchability and illiteracy. Three impediments that threatened Malabar Church unity: the Roccos schism, blind westernisation and eastern extremism. There were problems all around, but Saint Chavara visualised only solutions. Over time, these solutions grew into missions of humanity, across the globe. They became schools, colleges, universities and spiritual and cultural centres. Here is the saga of Kuriakose Elias, a kalari-bred boy from Kerala, the southernmost tip of India, who became Saint Chavara and transformed the society in which he lived into a powerhouse. In this illustrated book historians, journalists, cultural activists, poets and philosophers take a close look at this extraordinary human being who carried out his tasks with resolute dedication and whose accomplishments are legion.

Dr (Fr) Thomas C Mathew
Vice Chancellor, Christ University, Bangalore


Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara was like a torch that brightly shone in the wilderness and darkness of nineteenth century Kerala society. Under the searing light of his vision, the social and educational map of Kerala changed considerably.
Saint Chavara distinguished himself as a social reformer and educationist. He is much acknowledged for his many literary works on diverse topics. He was not a preacher-priest but rather a doer-priest. A saint with a universal vision, he was a leader who was gentle but firm. Like Midas he turned into gold everything he touched and in fact there was nothing he didn?t turn his hand to.
He was indefatigable. With unflinching courage that a true Christian spirit gave him, he battled almost singlehanded against the evils of society. He stood in the thick of the fray holding the cross of his Lord and singing His praise. The way was long, strewn with thorns, and danger lurked in every corner. But the saint marched on, spreading sweetness and light. He taught a strife-torn world what Christian charity meant.
It is more than a century since Saint Chavara left us. We have moved on. Society has changed a lot. Yet, he continues to inspire all those who yearn to make the world a better place to live in.


Foreword • Preface

Curtain Raiser

Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara: A Poet of Prophetic Vision - C. Radhakrishnan

Chronicle of a Splendid Life

Multifaceted Life of Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara - Benoy P. Jacob
Saintly Voice of Silent Prayer - M. Gopinath

Visionary of Kerala's Modernity

Precursor of Reformist Movements - M.G.S. Narayanan
Founder of Modern Civil Society in Kerala - K.S. Radhakrishnan
The Great Awakening - O.N.V. Kurup
Vazhathada Revolution: Chavara and Indigenous Printing Technology - P.K. Rajasekharan

Chavara: A Man of Letters

The Grace of the True Vernacular - P.K. Rajasekharan
Spiritual and Poetic Harmony - Paul Thelakkat
Chavara: The Mystical Flower of Mannanam - Mellanie Marquez Shibu
The Master Communicator - P. Lalmohan
My Tribute - M. Leelavathy
Dawn of an Emotive Poetic Genre - M. Thomas Mathew
Revisiting Anastasia's Martyrdom - M. Gopinath
A Saint Baptized by Fire - Asha Menon
In Pauline Lineage - M. Gopinath
The Testament of a Loyal Servant - John Paul
A Precious Source of Reference and Assurance - Dr Janey James
The Sage's Requiem - Perumbadavam Sreedharan
Immortal Thou Reign - M. Leelavathy
An Ode to Inner Engineering - M. Gopinath
An Ascetic's Legacy in Theatre - T.M. Abraham
Native Bytes, Universal Vibes - M. Gopinath
Filling the Literary Void - K.Y. Thomas

Explorations into Spirituality

An Apostle by Virtue of Faith - Paul Thelakkat
The First Steps to Women Emancipation - John Pa.Ul
Chavara Dared to Dream - M. Thomas Mathew
Religious Harmony - A Paradigm - Thomas Panthaplackal
The Saintly Entrepreneur - M. Gopinath
The Quest for the Spiritual - O.P. Suresh
Steadfast in His Devotion to Mother Mary - Francis Vineet

Reflections on Saint Chavara

The Dawn of Love and Equality - G. Karthikeyan
Divine Confluence - Sebastian Mulluparambil
The Light that Transcends Time - John Mannarathara
An Iconoclast in His Own Right - Joseph Pathrapankal
A Man of Millenial Fusion - Sukumar Azhikode

Bibliography • Milestones in the Life of Saint Chavara • Authors • Artists and Illustrators • Editorial Board • Acknowledgements

About Christ University, Bangalore:

Christ University, Bangalore, began as Christ College in 1969. Envisioned and established by the fathers of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI), it follows the legacy of Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara, the founder. It provides innovative and modern curricula and a holistic education, in an atmosphere of academic discipline.
The campus is a living example of harmonious multiculturalism and has a total of 12,500 students from all the states of India and 52 different countries. There are over 600 faculty members. This university offers 42 undergraduate, 36 postgraduate, 16 MPhil and 17 PhD programmes in humanities, social sciences, sciences, commerce, management, engineering, education and law.
For many years the India Today- Nielsen survey has ranked the institution among the top 10 universities in India. It has the rare distinction of being the first institution in Karnataka to be accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) UGC for quality education in 1998. In 2008, it was declared a Deemed to be University.


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