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About Us

About Us

Drawing inspiration from our founder Blessed Chavara, a great visionary, reformer and religious leader of the 19th century, the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI) were the first indigenous religious congregation for men in India. The CMI have dedicated themselves to education at all levels. At present, our mission of education comprises a vast network of 448 institutions - including over 200 schools, 14 university affiliated colleges, 1 engineering college, 12 technical institutes, 1 university, 1 medical college, 3 B.Ed. colleges, 5 special schools, 18 non formal educational institutions and 17 cultural centres spread all over India and beyond.

Chavara Trust Registered in 2001 under Bombay Public Trust Act 1950 with Register No. E-490 (Dhule) conducts CHAVARA ENGLISH MEDIUM SCHOOL,Nandurbar, to help the integral personality formation and development of the children through education in Nandurbar area. Now it is conducting Primary, High School & Higher Secondary classes for boys and girls.

The board of Trustees of Chavara Trust is constituted of Fathers belonging to the congregation of Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI). This congregation is now engaged in charitable and educational activities all over India and abroad. The CMI fathers are infact, pioneers in the field of modern education in India. They now run various prestigious educational institutions such as Schools, arts and science colleges, training institutions, Research centers.

We use education as means to change the individual and society. We believe education can be an instrument to liberate individuals and society from the clutches of superstitions and ignorance.


Kuriakose Chavara

Kuriakose Chavara was born on 10th February 1805 of pious and devout Catholic parents in Kaniakary, 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. Co-operating with Frs. Thomas Palackal and Thomas Porukara, he founded the indigenous religious congregation for men (1831), now known as the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI).

It was after the death of the co-founders that Fr. Kuriakose made the religious profession together with the first memIt was after the death of the co-founders that Fr. Kuriakose made the religious profession together with the first members in 1855. In the religious congregation he took the name Kuriakose Elias of the Holy Family. Besides the mother house at Mannanam, he started seven religious houses in different parts of kerala. In 1866 with the co-operation of Fr. Leopold Beccaro he started Congregation of Mother Carmel (CMC) for women. Chavara worked for the uplift of the poor and downtrodden. He started many educational and social institutions for the benefit of the common people. It was his idea to start schools attached to every church in Kerala, which he has resulted in the high literacy rate of the state. He revolutionized the society by opening up the schools for the harijans and underprivileged people in the caste- ridden society of his time. Amidst his diverse and manifold activities he found time to write few books, both prose and verse. His counsels to the Christian families given in the form of “Testaments of a loving Father” are universally applicable and are relevant to this day. Essentially a man of prayer and intense charity, he stayed in close communion with God amidst his several religious and social activities. He permeated his spirituality to all around him so much so that he was accepted and referred to as a man of God from his early years. He lived his motto “The Lord is my Portion” throughout his life. Fr. Chavara died on 3rd January 1871 at Koonanmmavu preserving his baptismal innocence. His mortal remains were later transferred from Koonanmmavu to St. Joseph‘s Monastery at Mannanam in 1889. Pope John Paul II solemnly declared the heroic virtues of Chavara on April 7th 1984, thus elevating him to the status of venerable. On February 8, 1986 during his historic visit to Kerala, the Pope raised Kuriakose Elias Chavara to the honours of the declaring him ‘Blessed’. Considering his care and concern to the poor through educational institutions, spiritual renovations, miracles Blessed Chavara is canonized as a Saint, on November 23, 2014 by Pope Francis in Rome.



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