Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara (1805-1871) is the founder of CMI congregation, the first indigenous religion congregate of India, having 3000 priests serving in different parts of the world. He was canonized on 23 November 2014 in Rome by Pope Francis.

Saint Chavara an acclaimed spiritual leader and founder of CMI Congregation has been recognised as renowned educationalist and social reformer of his time. CMI Congregation renders services to humanity in educational, social, healthcare and other areas aiming at the prosperity and well-being of the society.