Pious Associationes

Cherupushpa Mission League ( CML )

Cherupushpa Mission League ( CML ) is the biggest Missionary Organisation for Laity in Asia. CML was started under the guidance and blessings of the Bishop of the Changanacherry Arch Diocese Mar James Kaalassery, in the year 1947 at Bharananganam by the living legend of Kerala Church - Kunjettan (Mr. P.C. Abraham Pallaattukunnel) and Late V. Rev. Fr. Joseph Malipparambil who was the founder Director of CML.

When India got independence, most of the foreign Missionaries had retired from their activities and they returned to their home countries. The Mission activities across the country got stagnated due to the scarcity of dedicated Missionaries. During this period Mr. P.C. Abraham Pallaattukunnel was inspired by the words of His Holiness Pope Leo XIII - “The Salvation of India is in her Sons itself”. He was motivated by Blessed Sr. Alphonsa of Bharananganam and he decided to do something to boost the Mission activities across the sub continent. Accordingly he met Rev. Fr. Joseph Malipparambil who was the Assistant Vicar of Bharananganam and shared his wishes. At last they have decided to start an organisation –“Cherupushpa Mission League” to foster Vocation Promotion and to help Mission Activities across the country by means of Man, Money and Prayers.

CML was inaugurated on the 3rd of October 1947 by the Aux. Bishop of the Diocese of Kottayam Mar. Thomas Tharayil at Bharananganam. 

 Rev. Fr. Joseph Malipparambil
 Mr. P.C. Abrabam Pallaattukunnel (Kunjettan)
 Mr. T.T. Mathew Thekkumkattil
 Mr. M.K. Joseph Maramattom
 Mr. P.J. Thomas Palaplackal
 Mr. T.T. Mathew Thakidiyel
 Mr. K.S. Mathew Kizhakkekara

The growth of CML was unbelievable. Within no time CML spread across all most all dioceses of Kerala. Now CML units are functioning in all most all parishes of the three different Rites of Kerala church, in different dioceses across India and in various countries like USA, UK, and in some Gulf Countries.

Aims
Fostering the Mission Spirit and Assisting the Missionaries by means of Prayer, Man and Money Vocation Promotion Personality Development.

Motto
Love Renunciation Service and Endurance.

Founder 

Kunjettan(P.C Abraham)

P.C. Abraham, popularly known as “Kunjettan” (little brother), who founded Cherupushpa Mission League, died on Aug. 11 in a hospital in Kerala nine days after he was involved in a road accident.The funeral was on Aug. 13 at Chemmalamattam, his native parish in Pala diocese. Kunjettan was 84 and survived by his wife and seven children.

“I mourn the death of a person who led such an ideal Christian life,” Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil, Major Arch Bishop of Syro-Malabar Church and President of the C.B.C.I, said in his condolence message. The prelate recalled that Kunjettan had inspired thousands of young people to become missioners working in India and abroad.The cardinal said the Indian Church had honored Abraham for his contributions to the Cherupushpa Mission League he founded 63 years ago.

CML is a forum for young people in parishes that helps missions by raising funds and offering prayers. It conducts regular programs on the life and needs of missions in India and overseas. The league has some 1.7 million members and about 41,500 of its former members are now nuns and priests serving the Church throughout the world. Among them are 37 bishops. Three of Kunjettan's four daughters are nuns.

“Kunjettan’s death is a great loss for the Church in India,” said Archbishop Joseph Perumthottam of Changanasserry in his condolence message. The archbishop, a former Mission League member, hailed Kunjettan as a “unique” lay missioner who was the lifeblood of his lay organization. Archbishop Mathew Moolakkatt of Kottayam noted that the late lay missioner led a simple life and was inspired by the teachings of a local saint, St. Alphonsa.