Celebration of the Canonisation of Father Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Sister Euphrasia

On 23rd November (Feast of Christ the King), Father Kuriakose Elias Chavara will be canonised in Rome. Father Chavara was a social reformer, publisher, educator and founder of Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI)  and the first Catholic indigenous religious order for men in India. He was born near Alappuzha, Kerala India in 1805 and died at Koonammavu, Kerala, in 1871.  

Mother Euphrasia, a member of the Order of the Sisters of the Congregation of Mother of Carmel, founded by Fr Chavara, is also being canonised the same day.

Four Priests working in the Diocese of Bathurst - Fathers Joshy Kaithakulangara (Bathurst), Antony Vattakkunnel (Dubbo), Augustine Mathew (Molong) and Ephrem Thadathil (Orange) are from the Order of Carmelites of Mary immaculate Congregation (CMI). 

 The elevations are expected to bring added spiritual strength and joy to the Catholic community of India.

In order to celebrate this great event in our Diocese, Bishop Michael McKenna will celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. John on Saturday 29th November at 6pm. A thanksgiving Mass in the Syro-Malabar Rite will also be held on Sunday 30th November at St Joseph’s Church Orange at 11.00am. Bishop Bosco Puthur, of the Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle of Melbourne of the Syro-Malabars (Australia), will celebrate the Mass, which Bishop Michael McKenna will attend. 

Everyone is welcome. A meal will be served in Kenna Hall following Mass.  Please RSVP to the Parish Office in Orange on 6362 2378, for catering purposes, by Friday 21st November. 


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