Landmarks in the History of the Congregation


  • 1831 Foundation at Mannanam
  • 1833 Seminary at Mannanam
  • 1841 Death of Fr. Thomas Palackal
  • 1844 First Printing Press of the Kerala Church
  • 1846 Death of Fr. Thomas Porukara
  • 1855 Religious Profession of first 11 fathers.
  • 1860 Affiliation to OCD with the Title TOCD.
  • 1871 Death of Fr. Kuriakose Elias Chavara.
  • 1885 Pontifical Status for the Congregation
  • 1898 Death of Bro. Jacob Kanianthara
  • 1906 Final Approval of the Constitution in perpetuum
  • 1941 General Curia at Ernakulam
  • 1953 Division of the Congregation into Three Provinces
    • St. Joseph’s Province, Kottayam
    • Sacred Heart Province, Kalamassery
    • Devamatha Province, Thrissur
  • 1957 Dharmaram College, Bangalore
  • 1958 Revised Constitution Approved ad experimentum; Title TOCD Changed into CMI.
  • 1961 Establishment of St. Thomas Region Calicut
  • 1962 First mission Territory (Chanda) outside Kerala.
  • 1967 Status of Pontifical Exemption.
  • 1968 Second Mission Territory (Sagar) outside Kerala.
  • 1969 St.Thomas Region Calicut, Raised to Vice province.
  • 1972 Third (Jagdalpur) and Fourth (Bijnor) MissionTerritories outside Kerala.
  • 1972 General Procura in Rome
  • 1975 Pontifical Institute of Theology and Philosophy in Bangalore.
  • 1977 Fifth (Rajkot) Mission Territory outside Kerala.
  • 1977 Episcopal Ordination of Five CMIs.
  • 1978 General Synaxis XXX at Karukutty;
      Establishment of
    • Mar Thoma Province, Chanda
    • St. Thomas Province, Calicut
    • Nirmal Vice-Province, Jagdalpur
    • St. Paul’s Vice-Province, Mysore
    • Preshitha Vice-province, Coimbatore
    • St. Joseph’s Province, Kottayam
    • St. Joseph’s province, Trivandrum.
  • 1980 Constitution Renewal Synaxis XXXI.
  • 1984 General Syanxis XXXII.
  • 1986 Venerable Kuriakose Elias Chavara declared ‘Blessed’.
  • 1990 Deepika Changed to a Public Limited Company.
  • 1990 General Synaxis XXXIII at Pariyaram;
      Establishment of
    • St. Paul’s Vice-Province, Sagar
    • St. John’s Vice-Province, Bijnor
    • CMI Brothers’ Unit (ad experimentum)
  • 1994 Establishment of :
    • St. Xavier’s Vice-Province, Rajkot
    • Carmel Province, Muvattupuzha
    • CMI Spirituality Centre, Liberty, U.S.A.
    • CMI Mission Theologate (Samanvaya), Bhopal.
  • 1996 General Synaxis XXXIV at Pariyaram
    • St. Paul’s Vice-Province, Sagar Raised to Province,
    • Chavara Sub-Region, Bhavnagar Raised to Region.
  • 1997 CMI Brothers’ Unit dissolved
  • 1999 Chanda Diocese is divided and Diocese of Adilabad
  • Established
  • 2002 General Synaxis XXXV, at Bangalore;
      Raised to the Status of Provinces:
    • Nirmal Province, Jagdalpur
    • Preshitha Province, Coimbatore
    • St. John’s Province, Bijnor
    • St. Paul’s Province, Mysore
    • St. Xavier’s Province, Rajkot
  • 2005 Chavara Jayanthi Celebrated
  • 2007 Prior General’s House shifted from Karikkamuri to Chavara Hills, Kakkanad
  • 2008 General Synaxis XXXVI at Chaavara Hills;
    • Mar Thomas Province, Chanda, is divided and
    • Mary Matha Vice-Province of Adilabad is established.