Carmelites of Mary Immaculate

Roman Catholic

 

Overview

The Congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate  is the first now-existing Religious Congregation founded in the Church in India. It was founded at Mannanam in Kerala, on 11th May 1831. 
 
The first monastery of CMI congregation was established on 11 May 1831 at Mannanam, Kerala, India. The congregation was founded by Fathers Palackal Thoma Malpan, Porukara Thoma Kathanar and St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara.
 
The second half of the 20th century witnessed a rapid growth of the Syro-Malabar Church and of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate beyond the boundaries of Kerala. Three moments in its history in this line were:The division of the congregation into three provinces.The shifting of its major seminary to Dharmaram college, Bangalore in 1957.Extending its activities to North India  for direct evangelization in 1962.
 
In 8 December 1855, the religious community at Mannanam was recognised canonically with the profession of vows of eleven priests headed by Father Chavara, the first prior of the congregation. The original name of the group was the Congregation of the Servants of Mary Immaculate of Mount Carmel. In 1860, this congregation was affiliated to the Carmelite Order and its members began to use the postnominal initials of T.O.C.D. 
Kerala, the birthplace of Kuriaksoe Elias Chavara, is from the point of view of its geographical position, the joint gift of the ever-blue Arabian Sea on the west and the evergreen Western. The age of five, he began his studies in the village school, called Kalari under a village master called Ashan. There he continued his studies until he was ten years old. Then Malpan Thomas Palackal invited him to his seminary at Pallipuram. Subsequently as he was too young he spent about two years in the parish rectory under the care of the zealous and loving parish priest. Here his parents also discerned his divine call. In the year 1818 he joined the Pallipuram seminary under the tutelage of Malpan Thomas Palackal. Not long after the tonsure he received, there was an epidemic in Kainakary and surroundings. His loving father, his good mother, and his only brother fell prey to the epidemic.
As there was no heir in the family, relatives compelled him to discontinue seminary life and comeback to the family. But he arranged the family affairs in such way that he could continue his priestly studies. On 29 November 1829, at the age of 24, Bishop Maurelius Stabilini, Vicar Apostolic of Verapoly ordained him priest at St. Andrew's Church, Artungal.
 
How to Reach,
Nearest Railway Station : Eranakulam Jn,
Nearest Airport : Kochi International Airport

Location

Country
India
State
Kerala
City
Ernakulam
Location
Kakkanad
Address
Carmelites of Mary Immaculate,Chavara Hills, Kakkanad, Kochi, Kerala 682030
Contact Info
Phone: 0484 407 0015
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Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Carmelites of Mary Immaculate,Chavara Hills
Nearest Railway Station
Eranakulam Jn (ERS)
Nearest Airport




Open Year
1831
Dedicated To
Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara

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