History of Mount Carmel Province, Bhopal

(1968 – 2019)

          The 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.

          Madhya 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.

          In 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.

 Thus the 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.

                   On 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. Anupa, the Provincial Superior, Sr. Vinaya Rose(Vicar- Provinical), Sr. Pavithra, Sr. Kripa and Sr. Arpita the provincial councillors, Sr.Roshni (Provincial Finace Secretary),  Sr.Shalom (Provincial Secretary) and Sr.Pushpa (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 (4) and Italy(1). At present, we have 105 finally professed sisters, 8 temporary professed sisters, 4 Novices, 4 Postulants, 2 Aspirants and 9 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.

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