St. Chavara was a man of new initiatives. In Kerala, it was he who dreamt about the possible transformation that education can bring about in individuals, families and the society at large. As a result he planned and shaped a number of educational activities. His adventurous steps to educate the low class people with the upper class was indeed an invocation to the educational attempts in Kerala.
It was St. Chavara, who initiated schools in connection with the parish church. He also introduced the noon meal programme, Sanskrit School for the children of the common man etc. He was a man of insight and became conscious of the decisive role of education in enlightening the society. He envisaged an abode of virtues for raising the standard of oppressed women. This vision came true in the formation of CMC. He realised the importance of good role models in moulding dynamic women and the religious. As a result Edukkumdats for girl children were begun. He advised the sisters to look after the education and character formation of these girls. He reminds us in the Testament of a Loving Father, as soon as the children come to the age of reason they must be sent to school. Besides, parents should be enquiring whether and how the children study and behave and who their companions are. Their studies should be tested every Sunday. CMC has gone far in the field of education gathering strength and inspiration from the great vision of her founder fathers. We have generously set apart our human and material resources for progress in this field.
Today taking inspiration from their founder father St. Chavara, CMC stepped into various fields to fulfill the needs and challenges of the society.Sister Arpitha has been instrumental in cutting a new road (2005) in carrying out the ministry as a sister: she looks out for the people on the streets, she takes steps to rehabilitate the mentally sick who are abandoned (Kanivu), she journeys with married women who have been abandoned by their husbands or are victims of domestic abuse, she counsels people who are on the verge of divorce; she help young women to find jobs and settle themselves,(Rachel Home); She looks after the bed ridden etc(MarianHospice).