FLOWER CONGREGATION (CST FATHERS)
Flower Congregation (CST Fathers) is a Congregation of religious priests that
traces its beginning on 19th March, 1931 in the Archdiocese of Ernakulam, Kerala.
It was started as a society of Brothers under the name Little Flower Brotherhood
by Very Rev. Fr. Thomas Panat later known as Father Basilius. It was re-organized
into a religious institute (thereafter called Little Flower Congregation) with
an approved constitution. The Canonical approval was given by the Archbishop of
Ernakulam, Mar Augustine Kandathil for starting and reorganising on December 27,
The congregation was
bifurcated to form a Congregation of Priests (CST Fathers) and a Congregation
of Brothers (CST Brothers). His Holiness Pope John Paul II raised this Congregation
of the Priests to the status of a Religious Institute of Pontifical Right on December
21, 1995. Little Flower who was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in Rome on October
19, 1997 by His Holiness Pope John Paul II, is the Patroness of this Congregation.