Growth of Mission League - Love Renunciation Service and Endurance
Cherupushpa Mission League (CML) is an indigenous pious organization for Catholic children, St. Therese of Lisieux (Little Flower) as its heavenly patroness and St. Francis Xavier and St. Alphonsa as its co-patron and patroness. Its aim is to enhance mission spirit among laity, especially among the children, and enable them to participate effectively in the missionary activities of the Catholic Church. It functions with the objectives: promotion of vocations and the development of one’s personality.
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.
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, Australia and in some Gulf Countries.
Aims: Fostering the Mission Spirit and Assisting the Missionaries by means of Prayer, Financial Support, Vocation Promotion and Personality Development.
Motto: Love Renunciation Service and Endurance.