Devasahayam Pillai to become a saint on 15 May 2022

Devasahayam Pillai to become a saint on 15 May 2022

Thuckalay: Devasahayam Pillai and six other Blessed will be canonized on 15th May 2022. The announcement was made by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints on November 9th Tuesday.

It was followed by the Ordinary Public Consistory of 3rd May 2021, whereby the Pope had authorized the canonizations, without setting a date for the ceremony due to the health emergency caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.


Blessed Lazarus (Devasahayam Pillai), known as Devasahayam, was a a member of the Nair caste in South India. He was converted to Catholicism by a Jesuit priest in 1745.  Devasahayam Pillai took the name Lazarus when he became a Christian.

In his preaching, he particularly insisted on the equality of all peoples, despite caste differences. This aroused the hatred of the higher classes and he was arrested in 1749. After enduring increasing hardships, he received the crown of martyrdom when he was shot on 14 January 1752.