Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara (1805-1871) founded the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI).
His vision of “Education for All” is manifest in our institution. He was a great educationist and held a deep
respect for learning.
He was a champion of social reform and founded the first Catholic Sanskrit School in 1846.
He also established seminaries for education and formation of the clergy, a publishing house, a home for the
dying and the destitute as well as schools for general education.He has left his indelible marks in the
spheres of education, social reform, media, culture and religious formation. India’s first indigenous
religious congregation for men, CMI (Carmelites of Mary Immaculate) was his brainchild. As a champion of
social reform and a man who stood for integration, he has bequeathed us a legacy which we at Christ proudly