of Mount Carmel Province, Bhopal
(1968 – 2016)
Mount Carmel Province of the C.M.C. in Central India originated as an offshoot
of Holy Queens Province Changanacherry. In the year 1968 a few officers of the
Bharat Heavy Electrical Ltd. (B.H.E.L.) at Bhopal met Rt. Rev. Dr. Eugene D’
Souza, the then Archbishop of Bhopal and discussed matters regarding the
possibility of getting the C.M.C sisters to open an English Medium School for
the children of the B.H.E.L employees.
Pradesh remained one of the backward states in India and Bhopal it’s capital, a
perfectly new mission area. The provincial team of Holy Queen’s Province,
Changanacherry, very well realized the role, an educational institution can
play in the all round development of the locality. Besides, the clarion call of
the Second Vatican Council also inspired the C.M.C sisters to take a leap in to
the North Indian Missions.
1968 Mother Mary Celine, the then Superior General of the C.M.C and Mother
Treasa Margaret (Provincial Superior, CHY) came to Bhopal to see the future
mission station. They found the land fertile to sow the seed of the C.M.C. and
so agreed with the initiative of the Archbishop who has since then been a
source of constant support and encouragement to us.
seed of the tree of the Mount Carmel Province was sown on 28th June
1968 when a group of enthusiastic and spirit filled sisters of the Southern
Province of the C.M.C (Changanacherry Province) ventured in to the North to
spread the Good News of our Divine Master.
that day, our pioneer team of sisters reached Bhopal and was accorded a warm
welcome by the St. Joseph’s sisters of Chamberry, the pioneer religious sisters
of the diocese of Bhopal. The centre was
inaugurated on 30th June 1968. The initial steps were guided and
directed by the sisters of St. Joseph of Chamberry. The pioneers were sustained
by the unfailing and encouraging support and sacrifice of the Josephites in all
possible ways to carry on the new educational venture with fortitude and
vision. With in two years the B.H.E.L. granted
5 acres of land to Carmel sisters on lease for thirty years. The
construction of the school building started in 1970. The sisters started
staying in one of the wings of the school building in 1972 and they finally
shifted to their residence in the school premises inaugurated in 1986.
As time went on Mount Carmel Family
progressed in their missionary activities. The spark of the missionary zeal of
the Carmelites ignited many and gave ample momentum for seeking new ventures in
different parts of our nation. Mount Carmel Region was inaugurated in 1988 with
Sr. Pius as the first Regional Superior and Carmel Convent, BHEL the Regional
House. It was raised to the status of a Vice
Province in 1995. In the Vice-Provincial Synaxis of the same year, Sr. Ancilla was elected as the Vice
Provincial Superior with Sr. Regis (Asst. Vice -Provincial), Sr. Bridget, Sr.
Annie Louis and Sr. Assumpta as her councillors. It became a full-fledged Province in
1997. Sr. Regis was elected as the first Provincial superior of the Mount
Carmel Province, Bhopal with Sr. Gladys (Asst. Provincial), Sr. Noel, Sr.
Gracil and sr. Jessy Maria, her team of councillors. The present guiding team of Mount Carmel
Province, Bhopal is Sr. Noel, the
Provincial Superior, Sr. Reji (Vicar- Provinical), Sr. Magi Maria, Sr. Pushpa
and Sr. Anupa the provincial councillors, Sr.Arpita (Provincial Finace Secretary), Sr.Shalom (Provincial Secretary) and Sr.Anitha (Internal Auditor).
Inspired by the love of God and
inflamed by the pired of Balasore.spirit
of service, sisters continue to make earnest efforts to reach the Good News to
the people of all walks of life, through different apostolates. And presently
the Province has 18 houses in India and one abroad. The members of this
Province render selfless service to the church in the Archdiocese of Bhopal
(1968) and Dioceses of Balasore (1973),
Agra (1975) and Ujjain (1980). We have a recruiting house at Kottayam
(1991) in the Archdiocese of Changanacherry and a mission station in the
diocese of Baton Rouge U.S.A (2003). In
addition to this our Sisters render their service in Germany (1), USA (1) and Italy(1). At present, we have 103 finally professed sisters, 6 temporary professed
sisters, 3 Novices, 3 Postulants, 4 Aspirants and 17 Candidates.
Sisters are mainly engaged in
education, healing ministry and social work activities. Paying heed to the signs of the time now
more and more sisters are engaged in faith formation such as Charismatic
Renewal Programs, family and individual counseling, catechism, Small Christian
Community Programs, jail ministry etc. Sisters render their service in two
tribal hostels and one HIV/AIDS centre. Non-formal education, balwadis, health
care centers, women development programmes for the economically and socially
marginalized etc. are also taken care of by the sisters. Recently, the Province started a palliative
care centre in Bhopal. Presently,
sisters working in this centre concentrate their activities in giving home palliative
care and family counseling.
“The Lord your God will bless you in
all your work and in all that you undertake” (Deut. 15/10). With profound gratitude we raise our hearts
to the Almighty God, for His innumerable blessings which He has showered upon
us and the maternal affection of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the powerful
intercession of our Founder Fathers.