Archbishop Aloysius Maria Benziger was a great Carmelite Missionary to India and an unparalleled visionary whose foresight and love for the Church was instrumental in establishing Carmel in India by promoting indigenous vocations. After being in India as a Missionary, he was appointed the Coadjutor Bishop of Kollam (Quilon) at the age of 36 and later its Bishop.  He was the Bishop of Quilon until he retired at the age of 67 on 23rd July 1931. He died on 17th August 1942, and was buried in the Crypt of Carmel Hill Monastery, Trivandrum as he had explicitly expressed his desire to be buried like any other friar in the Crypt. However, following credible witnesses about his sanctity, on 18th November 1983, his mortal remains were exhumed and interred at a chosen place in the Carmel Hill Monastery Church which is a place of uninterrupted flow of pilgrims throughout the year.


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