In the one day a National Seminar on Religious Witnessing in Contemporary India moderated by Justice Cyriac Joseph St. Chavara was hailed as the sculptor of modern education movement in Kerala. St Chavara, himself a Consecrated religious, founded the first indigenous congregations for men (CMI) and women (CMC) in Kerala.
In the seminar Fr. Jose Kuriedath and Sr. Ancilla presented papers on St Chavara and St Euphrasia respectively.
Fr. Jose explained how ideas of a modern Government’s education policy was carried out by St. Chavara one and a half century ago for the empowerment of people. He noted that grooming creative intelligence is the need of modern times. Changes are required in the education policy. He said free thinking and responsible acting should be encouraged in the children.
Sr. Ancilla, going through the life of St. Chavara and St. Euphrasia and quoting Pope Francis said that wherever there are consecrated people there is a joy.
Justice Cyriac Joseph remarked in his concluding statement that the challenge is to live and work in a pluralistic society and carry out evangelization in a secular country.