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Rajagiri Higher Secondary School was established and is managed by the Sacred Heart Province of the Congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI). The congregation was founded in 1831 by Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara, Fr.Thomas Palackal and  Fr.Thomas Purukara.

Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara (1805- 1871)
(The founding father of the CMI's who run Rajagiri Higher Secondary School)

Born at Kainakary in Alleppey, Kerala, India, on 10th February 1805, Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara, lived through his motto, 'The Lord is my portion'. Shortly after his priestly ordination in 1829, he co-founded the congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate for men in 1831 (CMI) and the Congregation of the Mother of Carmel for women in 1866 (CMC), the first indigenous religious congregation in India.
He revitalized the Apostolic Church of Kerala through his vigorous priestly minority and founding various seminaries. He restored the Syro-Malabar Liturgy, instituted Forty Hours' Adoration, installed the first catholic press, established schools admitting also the Harijans and the down trodden and started nursing home for the poor and the unwanted which he called 'Upavishala' (Charity Home).

As the Vicar General of Kerala Catholics (1861- 1871) he fought the schism of the Persian Bishop Rocos and preserved the unity of the Church of St. Thomas. His prolific writing, historical, spiritual, literary and poetical bears powerful witness to the his wisdom and sanctity.
Moments before his death on January 3, 1871 he humbly professed in gratitude to God that he could keep his baptismal innocence intact.   His mortal remains lie buried in the CMI Mother House at Mannanam Kerala. It is this great sage of Arshabharatha who dedicated his whole life for others with vision and vigour that the Holy Father Pope John Paul II on his visit to Kerala raises to the honours of the Altar at Kottayam on February 8, 1986.

His life

Birth 10th February 1805 in Kainakari, Kerala
Priestly Ordination 29th November 1829
Death 3rd January 1871 at Koonammavu
Burial 4th January 1871 at Koonammavu
Mortal Remains transferred to Mannanam: 24th May 1889
Postal Stamp released in his honour by
Sri.R.Venkataraman, President of India
20th December 1987
200th Jayanthi Celebrations started 3rd January 2004
Beatification by Pope John Paul II 8th February 1986

His pioneering Services

With Fathers Thomas Palakkal and Thomas Porukara, founded the First Religious Congregation for Men in India (CMI)


Popularized the Sunday homilies and retreats for priests and laity in the kerala church:


Established the first syro-malabar major seminary


Introduced 'the Way of the Cross' in the Kerala Church:


Started the First Catholic Charitable Organization to help the dying for a happy death.


Founded the First Press and Publishing House of the Syro-Malabar Church


Founded the First school(Sanskrit) in the Kerala church


Founded the first Syro-Malabar catechumenate:


The First Vicar General after the time of archdeacons in the Syro-Malabar church:


Took the leadership in protecting the Syro-Malabar church from the schism of Bishop Roccos:


The Author of the First Malayalam Narrrative Poem- 'Anasthasyaude Rakthasakshyam':


Implemented the idea 'A school for a Church', in the Kerala Church as Vicar general:


Innovator of the Divine Office, Liturgical Rubrics and Calandar in the Malabar Church:


With Fr. Leopold OCD, an Italian Missionary, founded the first Indian religious Congregation for women (CMC) in the Kerala Church


Started the 40 hours adoration in the Kerala Church:


Prepared the first instruction manual as 'a testament of a Good father' for the Christian families of Kerala:


Founded the first home of charity and 'Confraternity of St.Joseph' for the sick and destitute of kerala:


The C.M.I vision of education
THE Carmelites of Mary Immaculate was founded in 1831 by three eminent priests of the Syro-Malabar Church, viz. Father Thomas Palackal (1780-1841), Father Thomas Porukara(1800-1846) and BI. Kuroiakose Elias Chavara (1805-1871). The first indigenous Religious Congregation in India, from its very inception, aimed at the integral development of the local community irrespective of caste and creed. The people, on their part, generously contributed to the establishment of monastries and allied institutions.

BI. Kuriakose Elias Chavara started at Mannanam the first Catholic Sanskrit school in Kerala in 1846 and the first primary school in 1864, and later with all the other monastries and parishes. He admitted students of all sections of society, including Dalits. It paved the way for a social revolution when untouchability was at its summit. He emphasized that all children of God had an inalienable right for education. He placed great importance in the formation of children in their families.

In tune with the spirit of the Founders, the CMI Congregation started the first Catholic English School in 1885 at Mannanam, at a time when English education was still forbidden to Catholics. Later in 1944 our first University College was started at Thevara under the Madras University and in 1957 a Teachers graduate training college at Mannanam.

Today , in 1991, when Kerala has officially been declared 100% literate, we are proud of the pioneering work done by our fathers in the field of education. Until recently our main thrust has been on formal and institutionalized education. Now that there are so many other agencies for it   in Kerala, in the pioneering spirit of our Congregation, our present task is to concentrate on the education for the people , especially through nonformal methods and to open out our existing institutions for this purpose. Hence we request the parents and staff   to be aware of the CMI Vision of Education and to cooperate with us in this great formative role, and to follow these guidelines.

Drawing inspiration and guidance from the life of Jesus Christ   and all the noble sages, rishis and prophets of our country, from the Gospel we proclaim, from the cultural heritage   of our nation which is deeply and fundamentally religious, and   from the spirit   and tradition of the CMI vision of education, we respond to the demands of our times manifested in the needs of individuals and of society.

The C.M.I. Education Policy Statement
We, The Carmelites of     Mary Immaculate, after the example of our Founder Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara, consider education integral formation of the human person for the fulfillment of his/her individual and social responsibilities.

Our Educational   Endeavours aim at forming leaders who are intellectually competent, spiritually mature, morally upright, psychologically integrated, physically healthy and socially acceptable; who will champion the cause of justice, love, truth and peace and who are ever open to further growth.

The Secret of the Success of our educational institutions is a community of teachers who are committed to their vocation, professionally competent, morally upright, just and human in dealings, and who grow in the true vision of education.

We Aspire Towards creating a just and human society where dignity of the human person is respected, where unjust social structures are challenged, where our cultural heritage of ahimsa, religious harmony and national integration is upheld, and where the poor and the marginalized are specially taken care of.

We Have to Reach Our to the families, primarily of the students, to assist them in their needs, to share in their joys and sorrows, and to help them experience love and freedom so that the students realize that our educational institutions are an extension of their homes.

Our Institutions Are open to all students irrespective of caste and creed; they are accepted and cherished as they are and are helped to grow in their cultural, social and religious traditions. As they are privileged to be in our institutions, they will also have the right to get acquainted with the person of Jesus Christ and his Gospel. Being institutions established by and for a minority community based on religion, they will give preference to Christians in admissions and appointments and have a special concern for the faith formation of the Christian youth.

Our Institutions Have To Be Open to society at large by making their resources available for the ongoing education and non-formal teaching. For the Realization of the CMI Goal of education, we expect students, parents and teachers to share this vision and to cooperate with us whole-heartedly.

Profile of  a C.M.I. Educational Institution
Any CMI educational institution must have the following characteristics:-

  • It aspires towards creating a just and humane academic community where each student is respected, where unjust interpersonal relationships are carefully avoided and where the poor and the marginalized are specially taken care of;
  • It is a community characterized by shared vision and mutual love;
  • It stands for excellence both in academic and co-curricular as well as spiritual/religious/moral concerns;
  • All the relationships in the institution are characterized by love, truth, justice, partnership and mutual respect;
  • The curriculum promotes self-confidence, hard work, national feeling discipline and solid leadership;
  • The integral development of any student is the concern of all;
  • It provides enrichment   programmes to the   high achievers and special coaching to the promising students;   it offers counseling facilities as well as career guidance;
  • It reaches out to the families around, especially of the students, to assist them in their needs, to share in their joys and sorrows, and to help them to be the pillars of truth, justice, freedom and democracy;
  • It provides opportunities and programmes for promoting national integration and inter-religious understanding among the staff, students and the community around;
  • It is inserted into the social milieu and has a programme for giving guided social exposure to the students and for inculcating in them social awareness and responsibility;
  • Its income and expenditure accounts are open to the public;
  • It does not receive any donation either directly or indirectly, in connection with the appointment of staff or the admission of students;
  • It has a policy of preferential admission and appointment   to Christians and it has a definite pastoral plan for their catechetical, liturgical and faith formation;
  • It enshrines the person of Jesus Christ as the moving spirit of the institution and  Starts functioning daily with prayer and reading of the Bible.

Profile of  a student admitted in C.M.I Institution

Every student, enrolled in any of our institutions, should feel that he/she is a privileged person and is a special gift of God. As the word suggests, each of our students, is expected to be:


Further, he/she is constantly helped to be:

  • Intellectually competent;
  • Spiritually mature;
  • Morally upright;
  • Psychologically integrated;
  • Physically healthy;
  • Socially acceptable;
  • Champion of justice, love, truth and peace;
  • Ever open to further growth.
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