Bishop Ludovic Martini (1845-1852) nominated him preacher of spiritual exercises in the vicariate. Bishop Bernardin Baccinelli (1852-1868) constituted him the vicar general for the Syrians of the vicariate and wrote in the appointment letter: “I am convinced that you have the fortitude, zeal, wisdom and the virtues necessary for the right fulfilment of this office.” The same Baccinelli described him before the Sacred Congregation of the Propaganda Fide recommending him for a bishop with these words: A man truly Christian, virtuous, very prudent, who in the circum-stances has shown with deeds, most attached to the Catholic faith and to the Holy See... He enjoys great esteem of the people and their respect and consequently wields great influence over them.
A disciple of Saint Chavara, Fr. Varkey Muttathupadathu, had so much veneration for him that he treasured up a wisp of the hair of Chavara and later, he passed it on to his nephew. Bishop Leonard Mellano (1868-1897) esteemed him so much that he instructed Fr. Gerard and Fr. Philip who were the prodelegate of the vicar provincial of the Congregation and the provicar apostolic of Verapoly, respectively to do everything according to the counsel of Chavara.
The testimonies on the life and activities of Kuriakose Chavara came to the congregation for the cause of saints in Rome, from a variety of sources, from bishops, priests who were his masters and superiors, co-disciples, his own disciples, confreres in religion, public officials, nonCatholic bishops, Hindus etc. All are unanimous in recognizing in Chavara “a man of eminent sanctity, who has practiced all the virtues.”
The Syro-Malabar Bishops' Conference, after describing him as “a man of prayer”, completed the description, by saying that “he practiced all the Christian virtues and that in a heroic degree.” They further elaborated: Divine faith, confidence in God, intimate and personal union with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, a tender love for the Blessed Virgin Mary, humility and charity were shining in him.
Acknowledging him, along with the historical consulters, (Antonius Petti, the promoter general of faith) says that every page of the Positio brings to one's notice one or the other of the characteristic virtues of St.. Kuriakose, namely union with God, spirit of prayer, loyalty to the Church, humility, obedience, spiritual equilibrium and the zeal for the good of souls.