1. MOUNT CARMEL PROVINCIALATE,BAGHMUGALIA -1999
Since the erection of the Province in
1995, Carmel Convent B.H.E.L. was the office of the Province. The
Provincial superior was staying there and Council meetings were held
there. As the years passed by the work of the Province was increasing.
Since there was no convenience for the administration of the Province
and the accommodation of the sisters for conducting course and seminars,
it was a felt need of the province to have a separate house and to
shift the provincialate community from Carmel. Besides, Mother General
during her canonical visitation also suggested the same. Since we had
our school at Baghmugalia many of our well wishers encouraged our
sisters to shift the provincialate to that place. Finally the Provincial
council consisting of Sr. Regis, (Provincial) Sr. Gladys ( Asst.
Provincial), Sr.Noel, Sr. Gracil and Sr. Jessy Maria decided to take a
rented house close to our land bought for the provincialate. Thus, the
house of Mr. Srivasthava, a native of Bhopal was taken for Rs. 4000/-
per month. The blessing of the house was done by the Archbishop Pascal
Topno at 4.p.m. on 12th December 1999. The Mother Provincial along with
Sr. Pushpa (Finance Officer) Sr. Pavithra (Secretary) Sr. Soumya and Sr.
Suchitha shifted to the rented house. Meanwhile the construction of the
provincialate was started under the supervision of Sr. Pushpa. Rev. Fr.
Sebastian Thekkeattom M.S.T. was requested to help us in the
construction of the Chapel. After a year, Sr. Bridget and Sr. Naveena
from Carmel B.H.E.L also joined the community.
provincial and her team of Councillors managed the administration of
the province in the rented house for more than one year. After the third
Provincial election, on12th December 2000, new Provincial team was
19th October 2001, the community shifted to the new Provincialate
building still under construction. In the presence of Mother Fidelis,
the Superior General and the local superiors, Rt. Rev. Dr. Pascal Topno
blessed the House on 20th October 2001 and Mother general conducted the
first canonical visitation in the Provincialate. Sr. Roslitta was
appointed the House Superior. We Praise and thank the Lord for the
countless blessings He has been showering up on us from its very
Mount Carmel School, Baghmugalia -1999
Almighty has opened a new door
before us in Baghmugalia, Bhopal to bear witness to His beloved Son
Jesus, to illumine many hearts, to enkindle the minds and dispel the
darkness from the lives of the people around through educational
activities. It was due to the repeated request of the Housing Board
Commissioner Mr. Antony De Sa , Bhopal Commissioner Mr. Wilfred Lakhra
and the people of the locality, the sisters thought of opening an
educational institution at Baghmugalia. Since Mt. Carmel Province has
already two Schools in Bhopal, the provincial council was reluctant to
open one more school in Bhopal. But Govt. officials were approaching us
frequently. So Sr. Regis and her team of councillors decided to purchase
the plot allotted for us by the Housing Board on concessional rate.
Registration of the land was on 8th January with the special
intercession of Mother of Carmel. We place on record our heartfelt
thanks to Mr. Antony De Sa for his selfless service
to our plot a building was taken on rent for starting K.G. classes. On
2nd March 1999, the rented building was blessed by the Archbishop Pascal
Topno in the presence of Rev. Fr. Scaria, V.G,and Fr. Thomas Panackal,
Procurator in addition to our sisters. School was named as Mount Carmel
School. Admission started to the K.G. classes on 17th March. Sr.
Gladys, Sr. Noel, Sr. Jyothi, Sr. Suma, Sr. Arpitha and aspirants taught
there in the initial stage. At the re-opening of the school on 7th July
1999, Sr. Pushpa was appointed the H.M. and Sr. Bridget, Sr. Soumya and
Sr. Suchitha were appointed as the teaching staff. Sisters stayed in
Carmel B.H.E.L. and reached Baghmugalia everyday to run the school. The
new building for the Provincialate was also started under the leadership
of Sr. Pushpa. Meanwhile, the first rented house was given up and the
school was shifted to the residence of the sisters. The new school
building is being built under the supervision of Sr. Lyza, the Finance
2. ST. VINCENTS CONVENT, BALASORE -1973
The first mission centre in Orissa
was started at Balasore which was a former trade centre of the English
East India company. It was in response to the invitation of Monsgr.
Jacob Vadakeveettil, the Apostolic prefect of Balasore prefecture, that
our sisters entered the missionary activities in Orissa. The pioneer
group that reached Balasore in the year 1973 consisted of Sr. Alice, Sr.
Modesta and Sr. Vijaya (Kply). An English Medium School (I.C.S) was
started under the management of the Balasore prefecture and it was
called St. Vincents School and the convent also got the same name.
Attached to the convent a hostel for lady teachers also was started.
entire administration of St. Vincent School is given to the sisters and
they work hard for the all round development of the students. The
institution is known for its academic excellence and discipline. In
addition to that they involve in social service activities and help the
priests in the parish works. The silver jubilee of this first mission
station in Orissa was celebrated in the year 1998.
3. CARMEL JYOTHI, BANDHKA -2005
Bandka is a very remote village in Ghattia Tahshil in between Devmatha
Ashram Malikhedi and St. Pauls Convent, two of our mission stations in
Ujjain. Our sisters from these communities and from Carmel Dham used to
go to Bandka for village visit. Constant contact with the people who
suffer untold miseries made our sisters to conduct a survey to know
their need and the possibilities of starting more apostolic activities.
It was found that the level of literacy was very low in compared to the
city. Therefore, the sisters burning with the zeal of love for the poor
decided to be broken and shared for the people around them. Sr. Emily,
Sr. Silvi. Sr. Dhanya and Sr. Jessin were the pioneers.
the blessing of the Provincial council, they started a Hindi Medium
School in the hut of one of the villagers. For this the sisters paid him
some amount as rent. Children, both boys and girls, were admitted to
Nursery and K.G Classes and Sr.Dhanya, a member of the Carmel Dham
community who has been very much interested in village upliftment,
agreed to be the H.M. Later on, the school was christened as Carmel
Vidyalaya. The spirit of the villagers was boosted and they began to
welcome and support the sisters wholeheartedly. As the number of the
students increased, the school functioned in the courtyard on the road
side. Very Rev. Fr. Kurian Valamangalam( M.S.T.) who has been leading
contemplative life in Bandhka village, gave one of the huts of his Mar
Sleeba Ashram for taking class for the students. From the very
beginning he gave whole hearted support for the development of this
the mean time, the Provincial council managed to buy some land in
Bandka with the help and guidance of Very rev. Fr. Kuriam
Valiyamangalam and a temporary shed was built for the smooth running of
the institution. On 20th July 2000, the School started running at
Bandka. Sr. Dhanya, together with one of her companions (Sr. Suchitha,
Sr. Serene, Sr. Alphonse, Sr. Ancit & Sr. Chaithanya) continued to
reach the school from Carmel Dham. Constrction of the School building
commenced without much delay under the supervision of Sr. Dhanya. The
work at Bandka involved several problems and trials. Due to the lack of
proper road and conveyance, progress was taking the snails pace. Our
sisters used to wait on the road for hours together to catch a bus going
through Ujjain. On 1st October 2001 the present new school building was
blessed by Mar John Perumattom, the Bishop (emeritus) of Ujjain. Both
the Bishops of Ujjain, Mar John Perumattom and Mar. Sebastian Vadakkel
were very much interested in the growth of this mission station. The
paternal blessings of the Bishops and the unceasing support and loving
guidance of Very Rev. Fr. Kurian Valamangalam and the assistance of
Asst. Vicar Fr. George Pottanani contributed a lot in the realization of
the dream of establishing a mission station in Bandhka.
sisters serving in Bandka were staying in Carmel Dham for want of
sufficient personnel as well as security in such a lonely place as
Bandka. From June 2004 Sr. Betty and Sr. Hitha joined Bandhka community
and toiled hard for the mission station both in the running of the
school and in completing the work of the school building so that the
sisters can start living there. Sr. Deepa and Sr. Jessin also had their
contribution in doing the mobile clinic with Sr. Ancit in the remote
places of the village.
last the long awaited day Aug 20th 2005 reached with all its graces
and blessings. On that day at 3.00 p.m. the 16th house of Mount Carmel
Province, Carmel Jyoti was blessed and inaugurated by Bishop Mar
Sebastian Vadakkel in the presence of Mother Assumpta, the Provincial
Superior and her councilors, Sr. Regis, the former Provincial, Sr.
Ancilla and a good number of sisters from our Ujjain and Bhopal
communities, Rev. Fathers and sisters from Ujjain Diocese and the people
of Bandhka village.
praise and thank the Lord for the manifold blessings God has showered
upon us and may the members of Carmel Jyoti be guided and protected by
the powerful hands of the Almighty.
4. CARMEL CONVENT ICHHAPUR, BHADRAK-1999
It was the long cherished dream of
the sisters of Mount Carmel Province, Bhopal to open another convent in
the diocese of Balasore. Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas Thiruthalil, Bishop of
Balasore expressed his desire to start a convent and a school in the
newly erected Bhadrak district. He also gave us his consent to conduct
the school under our own management. Then onwards we have been looking
for a plot of land to begin the school. Mr. David, Principal of Sunshine
School, Bhadrak and the manager, Tharini Sugar Mills also encouraged us
to open the school.
though Bhadrak was under Balasore Diocese there were no church
institutions or schools. Before it became a district, always there were
communal clashes between Hindus and Muslims. More over there were so
many other English medium schools in the town. Hence it was not that
easy to get students for our school. Above all these, our Hindu brethren
were so suspicious about Christianity and our activities. Under these
circumstances our sisters ventured to step into the soil of Bhadrak to
start the first Catholic institution there.
the help of Mr. Aboni Kumar Padher we have purchased 4.50 acres of land
near Jehhapur, about 5 kms away from the town. This 4.50 acres of land
belonged to different parties. So it took a lot of time for
registration. Bishop Thomas Thiruthalil had granted us 5 lakhs as a loan
for purchasing the plot. Rev. Fr. Joseph Kureekal also helped us in our
the super cyclone, which hit 2/3rd of Orissa in November 1999 we could
co-operate with the relief programme of the Diocese in Bhadrak district
too. Fathers and sisters from Balasore came for relief work and stayed
in a Govt. School. With the consent of the district administration they
extended their service in different villages in and around Bhadrak and
thus they could get an entry into these places, get to know the mind of
the people. As we had a plan to open a school in this area, Rev. Fr.
Isaac, the secretary to Bishop in consultation with our Provincial
superior Sr. Regis rented a house at Salandi Nagar. Bishop Thomas
Thiruthalil blessed the house on 18th Nov. 1999. Gradually the fathers
and sisters who were doing the relief work at Govt. School was shifted
to our building and continued their relief work till Dec.1999
convent was formally inaugurated by Rev. Fr. Jacob Kallupurackal, Vicar
General of the Diocese on 10th February 2000. Sr. Regis, Provincial
Superior, Sr. Ursula, Fr. Jury S.J, Fr. Paul Kunnumpurath, Sisters of
St. Vincents Convent, Balasore and Jaya Matha Convent, Kusidia and
sisters from other congregations from Balasore Diocese were also present
on this happy occasion. During the holy Mass Rev. Fr. V.G. reminded the
sisters of our great responsibility as the prior missionaries in the
Bhadrak district and exhorted us to bear witness to the love of Christ
through our words, actions and by our own lives. Sr. Ursula, Sr. Liza
James and Sr. Modesta were the first community members.
5. CARMEL CONVENT, B.H.E.L, BHOPAL -1968
After the reorganization of States a
newly carved state of Madhya Pradesh was on the development march. A
major step in this direction was the establishment of the B.H.E.L
factory in Bhopal. With the factory a Township sprang up and along with
other requirements an acute need was felt for a good educational
institution. Consequently the B.H.E.L authorities approached the then
Archbishop of Bhopal, Most Rev. Dr. Eugene DSouza for assistance. His
Grace invited the C.M.C sisters of Changanacherry province to start a
school in B.H.E.L Township. Accepting the invitation, the major
superiors came to Bhopal for a preliminary survey. Convinced of the
genuine need and the rich possibilities they went back satisfied and
with the firm decision to start a school at Bhopal. The pioneer team of
sisters Cyriac, Alice (Kadathukalam) and Medona together with the
Provincial councillor Sr. Martin reached Bhopal on 28thJune, 1968. After
a month Sr. Bridget also joined them. Everything had to start from
scratch and a big question was from where to begin in a strange land and
No.5 in Piplani in the Township was given over to the sisters as their
residence. It was inaugurated on 3rd July 1968. Sr. Martin returned to
Kerala. On the advice of the Archbishop the sisters of St. Joseph of
Chamberry stayed with the new comers guiding and assisting in every
possible way. Rev. Mother Margaret Mary, the Provincial Superior of St.
Josephs Sisters appointed Sr. Joan of Arc and Sr. Christopher to render
all round help. It was extremely kind of them to have stayed with our
pioneer members one year inspiring them in all possible ways. Right
through the difficult years of our infancy we were sustained by the
unfailing and encouraging support and sacrifice of those sisters. Their
assistance and co-operation is remembered with gratitude. After
completing the task of guidance and training and after overcoming the
teething problems the Josephites entrusted the work of administering the
new institution to the C.M.C sisters with Sr. Cyriac taking over as the
principal from Sr. Joan of Arc.
school a co-ed then, started functioning in the year 1968 as a branch
of St. Josephs Convent School Idga Hills in the name of St. Josephs
Carmel Convent School with Sr. Joan of Arc as the first principal. On
3rd Aug. 1970 5 acres of land was acquired on a lease of 30 years for
the construction of the school building in the B.H.E.L Township. Besides
the Archbishop the authorities of the B.H.E.L and some of our parents
gave their full support. On October 8th 1970 the foundation stone for
the school was laid by the Archbishop. The structure developed and
finished under the supervision and help of the Archbishop, the Vicar
General Fr. Cicil De Sa, and Sr. Barbara, the then provincial treasurer
of the Changanacherry Province. The hard work put in by Sr. Alice to
complete the school building is praise worthy.
28th Dec. 1971 the school was shifted to the new building in BHEL area.
From then on for four years Sr. Cyriac served the institution as the
Principal and the superior. On completion of her term she returned to
Kerala. There after Sr. Ephrem, Sr. Milani, Sr. Rose Carmel. Sr. Regis,
Sr. Ancilla and Sr. Noel served as principals. As the school ground was
not spacious enough to make play ground the BHEL was good enough to
grant the sisters 7 more acres of land as sports ground in 1983. The
school celebrated momentous Silver jubilee in the year 1992-93 when Sr.
Ancilla was the Principal. A Jubilee Memorial Hall was also built.
Through the years the school steadily developed to become a full-fledged
Senior Secondary School with classes KG I to Std. XII . The total
strength of the school is around 4000 with 145 staff including teaching
and non- teaching. The school has a well equipped Science Laboratory,
Computer Lab. and library. In order to give special care and concern to
small children a junior block was constructed and the primary and KG are
shifted to the new building in 1999. Besides a multi purpose hall was
also constructed in the school premises with the arrival of the third
millenium. Besides the academic opportunities offered to the students,
the school also provides scope for the complete development of the young
personalities. They are trained and equipped to face the growing
multiple challenges of a complex life. They learn to explore and to
bring forth their latent talents and skills. For many years its students
have fanned out in different walks of life, bringing laurels to their
almamater. The most precious gift imparted to them is a value based
education which will be a protective shield to them and will enable them
to be responsible and worthy citizens of our mother land. Under the
guidance of the principal the staff and students have been actively
participating in humanitarian and value oriented programme such as jail
ministry, promotion of echo-friendly environment. As a recognition of
the out standing performance of school the prestigious Priya Darshini
award was conferred on Sr.Reji, the principal, in 2002.
institution, while catering to the needs of the privileged, has deep
concern for the poor and under developed brethren of the slum, specially
the children. Our sisters have been conducting adult education classes,
prayer gatherings, health and hygiene sessions for the women folk of
the slum area and helped the Balavadi in Anand Nagar slum. A Hindi
Medium School running in the after noon under our management has got 800
children from the nearby slums. All these children are getting free
education and the same facilities of the English Medium School. Today
Carmel, BHEL stands as one of the premier educational institutions in
6. CHAVARA KUTIR , DEEPDI-1991
If the Lord does not build the house in vain do its builders labour (Ps. 127).
Theresa of child Jesus said, The God who creates a desire in your
hearts gives you the grace to fulfill it. The CEROWC (Cyriac Elias
Rural Organisation for Women and Children) was established as a
charitable organization for women and children dedicated to our Founder
Father Bl. Kuriakose Elias Chavara, a centre to promote the development
of women and children especially in rural situation through various
services. It was long cherished desire of Sr. Magi Maria who has been
inspired to serve humanity in a unique way. This organization had its
humble beginning at Ratanpur in a small room adjoin to the Carmel School
in the year 1991, 3rd January with the blessing of our heavenly patron
Blessed Chavara. Sr. Magi and Sr. Dennis were the pioneers in this work
assisted by a nurse Lizy Thomas and driver Mujeeb uddin For seven and a
half years they implemented their programmes from Ratanpur in 18
villages with the assistance of Karl Kubel Stefteng, Germany.As the
workload increased and the number of target got spread far, it was
difficult to function from Ratanpur. Hence the sisters requested the
MISEREOR to help them construct a small building at Deepdi. The request
was granted generously and part of the present office was constructed
and it was inaugurated by Sr. Benicasia, the then superior General and
was blessed by Pascal Topno, the Archbishop of Bhopal in 1996. Gradually
CEROWC office was shifted to Deepdi and sisters stayed at Ratanpur till
work for the liberation of women and children flourished very fast with
the assistance of Karl Kubel, Stefeng, Misereor, Germany and other
projects. Sr. Magi and other sisters found it difficult to concentrate
on these activities by staying in Ratanpur.
being faced with various difficulties in the well functioning of the
project, the sisters approached the authorities for the construction of a
convent near the office. Permission was granted by the provincial
council of Sr. Regis and foundation stone was laid on 10th February1998.
On 28th July 1998, the CEROWC office was blessed and sisters started to
stay there. The new convent building was blessed on 26th march 1999 by
His Grace Dr. Pascal Topno.
December 2001 CEROWC completed ten years of its commitment for
a happy and peaceful life of the rural poor through various activities
such as Literacy, Health, Infra-structural and Economic Development and
peoples organisation. Those who are genuinely interested in systematic
social service visit this centre for clearing their doubts and
acquiring more knowledge. It has been used as a resource centre by the
researchers of the various universities. It is a well known training
centre for the beginners. In Recognition of the meritorious work which
the Institution has been doing, the M.P. Government appointed Sr. Magi
Maria, the Directress as the Team Core Member of Women welfare Board in
organization conducts self employment programmes in 22 villages.
Besides the Misereor, The Bilance Netherland, Manos Unidas, Spain, Ford
Foundation ,U.S.A., IGSSS, N.Delhi, Helpage India,Ceva,Gaziabad , World
education ect, collaborate their activities with the CEROWC.
7. ST.JOSEPHS CONVENT, DIBIYAPUR-1989
Dibiyapur is situated about eighty
kms. away from Etawah. While Fr. Issac Kochupura was the administrator
of St. Marys School, Etawah, he used to go to Dibiyapur to see the well
being of the Malayalees there and he used to offer mass for the
Catholics. During those visits he happened to meet some of the senior
officers of the N.T.P.C. who requested father to consider the needs of
the people to have a school for their children. Besides, the Catholics
working in the N.T.P.C had no facility to attend for their spiritual
needs. Understanding all these problems since 1988 our, Sisters and
priests from Etawah used to go to Dibiyapur on every Sunday to offer
Mass for them. Then the gathering was done in some Malayalee families.
After a careful study of the situation and the felt need of the people
Rev. Fathers Kuruvilla Kokkatt and Issac took initiative and got the
land for the school. Two Quarters, one for the sisters and another for
the School were given by the Factory. Sr. Vianney , the then Regional
Superior, sent the first batch of sisters from Bhopal on 6th July1989.
They were Sr. Diana (Superior) Sr. Boniface (H.M ), Sr. Lyza and Sr.
Ance. It was an inspiration for the people to see sisters being with
them facing the problems such as new culture, extreme climate etc.
Sisters go for house visit and make themselves available for all the
parish activities. Now the school, up-graded, not only caters to the
need of the N.T.P.C children but also those in the neighboring places.
8. ST. MARYS CONVENT, ETAWAH- 1974
Ever since the Vat. II, the
Hierarchy of India has felt the need for a collaborative move by the
Diocese of Latin and Oriental rites for the evangelization of the North
India. It was further expounded in the Calcutta meeting of the C.B.C.I.
held in January 1974 and it was felt that Priests, Brothers, Sisters
and others from diocese, that are rich in vocations specially in the
souls, should be invited to work in diocese where there is a dearth of
Archdiocese of Agra which is the mother of all the dioceses in North
India, had been divided many times over the years and yet remained big
with immense population and extensive territory. With the then existing
personnel and resources it had not been possible to do full justice to
the task entrusted to her. Thus the then Archbishop of Agra Rt. Rev. Dr.
Dominic Athaide (O.FM.) Cap. wrote to His Grace (Late) Mar Antony
Padiyara the then Archbishop of Changanacherry and requested him to send
a group of Priests and sisters to work in his diocese.
the proposal the Archbishop contacted the major Superiors and requested
them to send a few sisters to Etawah mission. The first batch of
sisters along with the priests thus reached on30th June1975. When they
came, there was a primary school run by the S.M.A. Sisters and it was
agreed that this school would be handed over to the Arch diocese of
Changanacherry .Accordingly, St. Marys School at Etawah became
the first educational institution of the Mission and the C.M.C. Sisters
started to serve the mission. Sisters have been staying in an old
building with minimum conveniences. At present, the Institution is an
inter college and our sisters render help in all the possible ways.
9. CARMEL DHAM, KAMED-FORMATION HOUSE-1998
It was the most cherished dream of
Mount Carmel Province to have a separate house for formation. The
Regional Council unanimously decided to have it in the Syro-Malabar
diocese at Ujjain. With this view our sisters visited many places in
Ujjain. In March 1995 Rev. Fr. Antony Thundathil (M.S.T.) introduced the
present plot of land lying behind the Ruhalaya seminary at Kamed. There
were several problems in purchasing this land. Sr. Roslet the then
Superior of St. Pauls Convent Ujjain took up the responsibility of the
registration of the land. Mr.Gopal, the owner of the land wished to sell
the plot. When asked , he refused to sign the document. However, the
will of God was made very clear that we should buy that plot to build
our formation house. Finally, owing to continuous prayer and the sincere
efforts of Sr. Roslet and the community of St. Pauls the registration
the region was raised to the status of a Vice-Province. The work
relating to fencing and diversion were started within a few days. The
foundation stone for the Formation house was laid at Kamed on 3rd
January 1997 by Sr. Ancilla , the Vice Provincial Superior in the
presence of Mar John Perumattom , the Bishop of Ujjain, Rev. Fathers of
Ruhalaya Seminary, our sisters and a large number of local people. Every
one who involved in the transaction and the diversion of the land
firmly believed that the land was bought through the intercession of the
Mother of Carmel, the Patroness of the Province. So, it was decided to
name the house as the Carmel Dham. We owe a great debt of gratitude to
Rev. Fathers of the Ruhalaya Seminary and in a very special way
to Rev.Frs. Antony Thundathil and Sebastian Thekkeyattom( M.S.T). who
helped us in the construction and designed the chapel according to the
rule of the Syro-Malabar Liturgy. On 3rd December 1998, the ground floor
of the formation house was blessed by Mar Sebastian Vadakel, the Bishop
of Ujjain. A part of the expenses of the chapel was sponsored by the
Kattumana Family of Mother Regis (Provincial uperior) and Sr. Emily in
the memory of their Brother (Late) Archbishop Abraham Kattumana. Our
bouquet of thanks to all who extended a helping hand to materialise our
dream of having a Formation house.
the initial stage, Sr. Roslet, staying at St.Pauls Convent was looking
after the construction. Later on, Sr. Celestine came to help her. On
5th May 1996 Sr. Ancit replaced Sr. Celestine . In the meantime, Sr.
Elsitta took initiative to prepare a project requesting financial help
from the Missio. It was due to their generous help that the work
the building was constructed on pillars, the cellars thus formed are
being used for multipurpose. After the construction, Carmel Dham
formation house was blessed on 13th February 2000 by Dr. Sebastian
Vadakel, the Bishop of Ujjain. The newly formed community members were
Sr. Emily (Superior), Sr. Carmela (Formation in-charge), Sr.Ancit, Sr.
Rose Tom (H.M.)Sr.Dhanya ( Hindi Medium H.M, Bandka). Sr. Soumya, Sr.
Suchitha and the aspirants. From the very beginning, Rev. Fathers from
The Ruhalaya Seminary help the sisters in spiritual matters. The liturgy
of the Syro-Malabar rite has been following in our formation house. The
sisters along with the candidates undertake social work in the nearby
villages with a view to educating the children and empowering the women
Carmel School, KAMED-1997
In order to cater to the need of the local people, an English medium
school was started in a rented house in Ujjain under the initiative of
Mother Regis the Provincial. Sr. Christin, the first Headmistress,
laboured much for this first venture under our management. The School
named as Carmel School functioned there for about two years and on
2nd January 1999 got shifted to Kamed in the cellars under the Formation
10. JAYAMATHA CONVENT, KUSIDIA 1975
In the year 1970 a team of sisters
consisting of Mother Rose Mary, Sr. Seraphia, Sr. Grace Mary, Sr. Ann,
Sr. Leenus and Sr. Alice Maria from Changanacherry arrived at Cuttack in
Orissa. It was the Tobar Bishop who invited them to take charge of the
Janatha Hospital at Olatpur village. However, due to certain reasons the
sisters found it difficult to continue their mission in cuttack. On
getting this news, Mother Petty Tresa, the Provincial Superior(Chy)
along with Mother Benicasia, the then Asst. Provincial reached Cuttack
to inquire in to the situation. They discussed the matter with the
Archbishop Henry DSouza and got ready to take the sisters back. On
their way, they visited our sisters at Balasore also. During their visit
to Monsgr.Vadakkeveettil, he encouraged the sisters to stay back in his
mission centre. Thus the sisters who were burning with the fire of
missionary zeal were given a new field of work in Kusidia. It was on
20th February1975 that Sr. Seraphia , Grace Mary, Alice Maria and Sr.
Joslet were taken to Kusidia by the Monsignor to show them the place of
their future service. The joy of our young missionaries to work for the
kingdom knew no bounds. As there was no residence they were directed to
stay along with the community at Balasore. Meanwhile, construction of
the Dispensary to which the pioneers shifted on 19th March, was started.
Rev. Fr. Jacob Kallupurackal, staying in a hut made of mud and hay,
boosted the spirit of the sisters. All of them followed a very simple
1st may 1975 Sr. Annie Louis and Sr. Shiny joined the Kusidia
community. Attached to the convent there has been an Adivasi Hostel in
which hundreds of girls stayed under the formation of the sisters.
Hostel for girls meant for the holistic development of the young women
and children. Sisters well qualified and experienced, have been working
there with commendable enthusiasms. Special mention may be made of Sr.
Annie Louis who for a long time served the poorest of the poor people in
Kusidia. In 1979 Sr. Dona (late) came to the community. During her time
the social work of the sisters was extended to more villages. In 1986
Sr. Celestine joined the group. From 1992 onwards with a view of
attaining more development among women, more novel methods such as Safe
mother and child service, cent percent immunization, credit union,
integrated development programme etc. were spread to more than thirty
five villages. As a result, the entire face of Kusidia has been changed.
The number of Christians also has been increasing day by day.
Matha Hospital is another institution attached to the convent. Sisters
in addition to their work in the hospital, conduct mobile clinic. In
2000 the Orissa mission celebrated its silver jubilee and it was an
occasion for all those who are related to the missionary work to thank
God for His wonderful works manifested through the humble labour of His
11. DEVAMATHA ASHRAM, MALIKEDI - 1980
In 1980, about one and a half months
after our assuming charge of St. Pauls Convent at Ujjain from the
C.M.C. Pala province , Mar John Perumattom gave permission to our
sisters of the Holy Queens Province, Changanacherry to do service in
the Malikhedi mission under the diocese. As a result, the sisters from
Pala went back to Kerala. Malikhedy is a village situated about 80
K.ms. from Ujjain city. To begin with, the community of St. Pauls took
care of this station which gave a lot of opportunities for village
upliftment and evangelization. The sisters were very much enthusiastic
to put in to practice the Synaxis message, option for the poor. It
was Rev. Fr. Aykkara M.S.T., the Director of the Station who took charge
of the construction of the convent. In the initial stage, the sisters
from St. Pauls used to go to Malikhedi on every week end, stayed there
for village activities such as evangelization and medical treatment and
returned after a few days. For want of a proper road, buses were not
running through this route. Consequently, sisters had to walk about
6.Kms. from Ujjain to Malikhedi. Having the sisters permanently staying
in their remote area the villagers were very much excited and requested
them to help them. On account of the frequent contact with the villagers
the sisters realized their felt-need and started a school for their
children. Thus our apostolic activities were begun with much fervor.
Soon several fields such as education, medical, Health etc. in addition
to Christian formation were taken up.
Present, our sisters are working in a Hindi Medium High School as well
as in a dispensary. A Hostel for the Adivasi girls is also started for
the formation and Holistic development of girl children. Thanks to the
missionary zeal of the sisters and Rev. Fathers, a lot of improvement
has been taking place in Malikhedi, especially in the field of education
of girls. It has been a revolutionary step on the part of the parents
to recognize the need of the literacy of their daughters. Even now, the
poor people are deprived of some of the necessities such as, drinking
water, proper roads etc. Sisters walk kilometers to go to the other
mission stations, for house visiting and to conduct medical camps,
orientation classes, non-formal and adult education as well as prayer
12. PREM DHAM , NASRULLAGANJ - 1999
At the request of the Archbishop
Pascal Topno, our sisters agreed to render service in one of the mission
stations of the Archdiocese of Bhopal. The Archbishop approached Mother
Regis, the provincial, to take up Nasrullaganj station which is a
remote village in the district of Sehore comprising of 8 Christian
families and many other Hindu and Muslim families. It is about 90 kms.
from Bhopal. The Provincial council visited the place on 6th October
1998 to learn the possibilities to begin our apostolic activities.
Fr. George Jacob started the missionary activities in this village in
1996. Since then local people have been requesting the Archdiocese to
open an English Medium school. The Archdiocese had a plan to open a
Hindi Medium school. But the people of the locality requested for an
English Medium School. The Archbishop paid heed the demand of the people
and the construction of the school also started.
convinced of the need of the villagers, the provincial council accepted
the request of the Archbishop to render service at Nasrullaganj
station. On 16th June 1999 , in the presence of Rev. Fathers
, sisters, well wishers and the members of the Christian families, the
blessing of the Prem Dham convent was done by the Archbishop. The
sisters were given a temporary building for their stay. Sr. Licy was
appointed the first superior of the convent. Sr. Maria Cruz and Sr.
Deepti were the community members and they also taught in the school
named as Deva Matha Vidya Mandir
13. CARMEL CONVENT , RATANPUR -1988
Carmel Convent, Bhopal, the Mother
House of the Region situates on the lease land of the B.H.E.L. Now and
then our sisters received letters from the Town planning office
regarding hikes in the land rent. This situation opened the eyes of the
superiors. They naturally thought to buy some land as early as possible
and construct a convent to have full freedom for social up-liftment and
women empowerment. More over, our sisters in the first school were
finding it difficult to satisfy the needs of all the parents who desired
to send their children only to our school. It was when Mother Pius
(Chy) took charge as the Regional Superior of Mount Carmel Region that
attempts were made to start a new mission centre in Ratanpur village in
Deepdi Panjayat about twenty kms. from Carmel B.H.E.L. Sisters
were particular that the next convent should not be in the city but in
the vicinity of the village so that the poor villagers shall get a
chance to educate their children in our school.
Ratanpur was started in a rented building on 3rd July 1988. It was
owned by Mr.Prem Sing who stayed at Misroad. Sr. Christin, Sr. Anitha
(Head mistress) and Sr. Ancit went from Carmel B.H.E.L community to run
the school. The sisters were in search of some land for the construction
of the convent and the school. They started special prayers. After a
few months, the Lord showed 6 and a half acres of land close to the
Highway. That plot belonged to Mr. Murgith Sing was bought. Sr. Carmela
replaced Sr. Anitha as the H.M. The number of students increased year by
year. Sr. Vianney (Chy) replaced Sr.Pius as the Regional Superior. The
construction of the school commenced. The school, for 2 and a half
years functioned in the rented house. Finally, when the construction got
over, it was shifted to our own building blessed by the Archbishop
Eugene D Souza on 5th Sept. 1990. The sisters showed strong desire to
involve in village activities. Therefore a permanent residence
at Ratanpur was necessary. It was under this situation that Sr.Vianney
the Provincial superior (Chy) entrusted the responsibility of the
construction to Sr. Gladys, the then Regional Superior. On June 22nd
1991, the second C.M.C convent was blessed by the Archbishop of Bhopal.
Sr. Dennis (late) was appointed as the first superior of the convent.
Sr. Elsitta (H.M), Sr. Magi Maria, Sr. Anitha and Sr. Suma were the
other members. The Carmel convent Ratanpur, at present, is rendering
meritorious service to the society through a Senior Secondary School and
a Hindi Medium Primary school. The Sacred heart parish is close by and
the sisters do all the needful services for the parish and for the
14. CARMEL SADAN, THELLAKOM- 1991
(Holiday Home and the Recruiting
Centre) It was the decision of the General Synaxis of the year that each
Mission in the North should have a separate recruiting centre in Kerala
for the promotion of vocation. There fore, Mount Carmel Region also
thought about it seriously. After having consulted Mother Vianney, the
then Provincial of Changanacherry, the sisters started searching for a
convenient place. At that time Mrs. Aleykutty Kandankary, the aunt of
the Mother Vianney, showed her willingness to donate her house at
Vazhappally at Changanacherry a walkable distance from Holy Queens
Provincialate. On 21st January 1991 an agreement was made between the
two parties and a plot of thirty and a half cents of land together with
her house was handed over to our sisters. Mar Joseph Powathil, the
Archbishop of Changanacherry, gave them permission for the above
transaction. The House was blessed on 9th February by Rev. Fr. Mathew
Mattathil, the V.G. The house was named as Carmel Sadan . The pioneer
members of the community were Sr. Crucifix (Superior), Sr. Ursula, Sr.
Peter and Sr. Leonard. Very cordial relations existed between Mrs.
Aleykutty and the sisters.
three years of our occupation of the house, the owner , whom sisters
called Mummy affectionately, informed the sisters that her children
did not sign the original agreement so, the house was to be returned to
her as early as possible. In that situation, the sisters under the
leadership of Sr. Gladys, the then Vice-Provincial Superior, began to
search for another plot of land. Finally on 25th May the sisters bought a
newly built house with one acre of land costing Rs. 25 lakhs from Mr.
Mathachan Vattathundathil. It is close to the Carithas Hospital
Kottayam. Rev. Fathers Zacharia Kanjooparampil (Parish Priest), Joseph
Kannampally ( Former Parish Priest), Mr. Mammachan, brother of Sr. Tresa
Jose etc. helped the sisters in the transaction. The new house was
blessed on 31st may1995 and the name Carmel Sadan continued for that
Holiday home and Recruiting House.
association called Chavara Sauhruda Vediwas started by the inmates in
order to enrich the neighboring families especially the women and
children for the faith formation and catechism. Besides our sisters,
specialized in various social and theological branches of studies, Rev.
Fathers, also handled orientation classes on every second Saturday for
the public. At present it is a centre for charismatic prayer meeting and
vocation promotion. Sisters actively involve in parish works. The
Carmel Sadan community which is a connecting link between the sisters in
the north and their families render great service as a Holiday home of
15. NAVAJEEVAN, SANDIPANI NAGAR, UJJAIN-2010
Do a little more than you are paid
to ; give a little more than you have to; try a little harder than you
want to; aim a little higher than you think possible.
dream has a reality either soon or later. It was the cherished dream of
Mount Carmel Province to work in the field of HIV/ AIDS infected and
affected people. Sr. Assumpta, the previous Provincial Superior along
with her councilors expressed their readiness and desire to serve the
children suffering from HIV/AIDS to the Bishop of Ujjain. And the Bishop
was so much concerned about it and pondered over their request and
waited for the day to come. Out of Gods abundant mercy this dream became
a reality on 24th June 2010. Yes, it was an ever memorable day in the
history of Mt. Carmel Province, Bhopal. Most Rev. Bishop Mar Sebastian
Vadakel requested the present Provincial Superior Sr. Jessy Maria and
her council to take up this new mission as the extension of Saathi at
Besera near to St. Paul School. After discussing the matter in the
Provincial Synaxis, Provincial Superior signed in the agreement and
appointed Sr. Rosy as the Superior and Sr. Ancit & Sr. Therese as
the community members.
sisters, with enormous joy and enthusiasm accepted this call as a
challenge to the present Scenario. Besera is a small two storied old
building of the Diocese. Since the maintenance work was not yet over
the first floor was blessed on 24th June 2010 by Most Rev. Bishop Mar
Sebastian Vadakel . On the very same day sisters started to stay in the
inmates Darbar and his brother, Dinesh, Shubham and his brother Vijay
are from Shajapur Dist. Harh from Dewas Dist. And Yash from Indore
joined on 1st July 2010. All the six of them are suffering from HIV and
on ART (Accute Respiratory Tract infection) except Dinesh. All of them
lost their both parents due to this same disease. At present they are
the regular students of St.Pauls Hindi Medium school, Ujjain. The
diocese has already purchased a plot for this purpose therefore we hope
that the Almighty God will tenderly take care of this mission for His
glory and will spread its branches around.
16. ST. PAULS CONVENT, UJJAIN 1978
In response to the invitation of
His. Excellency Rt. Rev. Dr. John Perumattom, Bishop of Ujjain, the
C.M.C. Sisters from Pala came to Ujjain and started their apostolic work
in school at Makodi- am in Agar Road. Since there was no residence for
the pioneer sisters to stay they were given accommodation in Pushpa
Convent and school started in a rented building on17th June 1978 under
the management of the M.S.T. Fathers at Ujjain. Sr. Mary Grace was the
First Principal. A separate house was repaired and blessed later on 23rd
and the sisters shifted from Pushpa to that house. This is the humble
beginning of the C.M.C. missionary work at Ujjain. The selfless service
of the Rev. Fathers and Sisters of Pushpa Convent at the initial stage
of our mission can never be forgotten.
this institution was handed over to Changanacherry Holy Queens
Province on 23rd June 1980 according to our General chapter decision of
1980. As a result Sr. Christin (Superior) and Sr. Crucifix (Principal)
arrived at Ujjain on 22nd June 1980 along with Mother Provincial Mary
Angel , Councillor Sr. Sales and a few sisters from Bhopal and the
sisters from Pala retuned to Kerala
our sisters concentrate more in all-round development of the children
through English and Hindi Medium Schools run by the Bishop of Ujjain.
Sisters visit houses and hospitals and thereby try to have a holistic
approach to all the people of the locality. Sisters involve with deep
interest in the projects for social upliftment and women empowerment.
17. CARMEL CONVENT, MONROE, LOUISIANA 1999
The Provincial superior, Sr. Sancta
(Chy) made a visit to the States to meet her sisters working in Texas
under Tyler diocese. She also had a chance to talk to Bishop Willam
Friend, the Bishop of Shreveport Diocese. He invited our sisters to work
in his School at Monroe. According to a general understanding formed in
the congregation regarding the ownership of houses in foreign
countries, that house was given to the Bhopal province. On the arrival
of our sisters, Rev. Fr. Kennedy , the Parish priest, helped them a lot
and the parishioners accorded them a very cordial welcome. Sr. Vandana
(Medical apostolate) and Srs. Reji & Rosmy (Teaching apostolate) are
working there now along with the sisters from Changanacherry province
and Kanyakumary Region. Parishioners appreciate the presence and the
selfless service of our sisters very much. They participate actively in
all the pastoral works for spiritual formation both in school and in the
church. The sisters rendered their service in the dioceses of
Shreveport till March 2004.
18. ST. ELIZABETH'S CONVENT, LOUISIANA 2004
After the completion of the service
in the dioceses of Shreveport our sister got the invitation from Most
Rev. Dr. Robert W. Muench, Bishop of the Diocese of Baton Rouge and Rev.
Sr. M. Michaeline, O.P, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Sr. Reji
and Sr. Rosmy signed the agreement with the Catholic school office on 30
- 04 2004 to work in that diocese. Meanwhile Sr. Vandana moved to a
new place and started working in a hospital run by the Carmelite sisters
Reji, Sr. Rosmy and Sr. Anija (Kanyakumary Region) started staying in
the new house named after the Patroness of the parish, St. Elizabeth of
Hungary at Paincourtville, L.A. At the end of that academic year Sr.
Reji returned from U.S.A. and Sr. Ancilla took the charge of the
superior on July 25th 2005. While Sr. Ancilla is engaged in the pastoral
care, other sisters work in the school.
CARMEL, KOLAR, BHOPAL - 2014
was a unique moment of incredible bliss, when God Almighty in His benevolence
deigned to raise Mount Carmel Region, Bhopal to the status of a Vice-Province
on 20th October 1995. Under
the promptings of the Holy Spirit, Sr. Ancilla the Vice-Provincial Superior and
her team of Councilors Sr. Regis, Sr. Bridget, Sr. Annie Louis and Sr.
Asssumpta had been in pursuit of an appropriate location for a provincial
house. Meanwhile we came to know that the Archdiocese of Bhopal had intended to
buy some land in Kolar from property dealers and builders. We requested Rev. Fr. Chinnapppan, the then
procurator of the Archdiocese of Bhopal to help us to acquire a piece of land
in the vicinity. After sufficient
deliberations with the builder Mr. Kamlesh Molwani, we decided to buy two
adjacent plots in his housing complex at Kolar.
At this juncture we were informed that there was another piece of land
for sale in Chichili Bairagarh Kolar Road.
the enquiring the Provincial Council Sr. Pushpa the then Provincial treasurer
and Sr. Pavithra the then Secretary came to know that the land belonged to Mr.
Gyanchandran Kanayalal. We purchased 8
acres of land from him for the Provincial house and for the Hindi Medium School
on November 1997. After registration the land was given on lease for
cultivation till 2000. Thereafter
Provincial Superior Sr. Regis and Sr. Lyza the then provincial treasurer sought
the possibility of cultivating soyabean and wheat by ourselves. We appointed Mr. Nobor Toppo as watchman and
his family was allowed to stay in the thatched house in our land. As he is a good farmer, he was entrusted with
the work of agriculture. Although Sr.
Assumpta the provincial superior and her team with Sr. Merly, the then
provincial treasurer arranged for the laying of the foundation stone for a
convent by Rev. Fr. Solomon, the then parish priest on 23rd November
2008 on the feast of the Christ the King they could not proceed with the work
on account of some unwanted land dispute.
The issue was soon settled through the powerful intervention of the
Divine mercy of God. A tube well was
drilled with the support of Bro. Gonzalo MMB on 14th November
Sr. Jessy Maria was elected the Provincial Superior in December 2009, her team
was enthusiastic about construction
of a home for the elderly and
sick sisters of our Province and an HIV rehabilitation centre in the premises.
A boundary wall was erected and the
construction of the convent building resumed 13th May 2011. Archbishop Emeritus Pascal Topno laid the
foundation stone in the presence of Fr. Philip K.P. the director of Divine
Retreat Centre, Kolar, Fr. Lancy, the Parish Priest, Mr. Khan architect, Mr.
Fazal, contractor, Mr. Ratho, architect from Bhuwaneshwar, the Provincial Team
and sisters. The work of the HIV
rehabilitation centre was also followed shortly.
the construction of the convent building was almost completed under the
direction and supervision of Rev. Fr. Sebastian Thekkeyattom MST, and the
superior General Mother Sancta was present at Bhopal for local superiors course at Chavara
Sadan it was decided to arrange for the blessing of the building. His Grace Most Rev. Dr. Leo Cornelio,
Archbishop of Bhopal blessed the convent on 20th November 2012. On this ospecious occasion, our superior
General Mother Sancta the local superior of
our communities, sisters of our communities in Bhopal, Fr. Lancy the
parish priest, Fr. Sebastian Thekkeyattam, Fr. Ronald, Fr. Philip, Mr. Khan
architect, Mr. Fazal Contractor and a few well wishers were present.
the Provincial Synaxis held in December 2012 Mother Noel was elected Provincial
Superior. In the second session of the
synaxis it was decided to open a palliative care center in view of the HIV
Rehabilitation centre as the Kolar area was now thickly populated with a number
of housing complexes, educational institutions and welfare centre and hence no
HIV affected people could be housed in our centre.The
synaxis members unanimously supported the idea of for a palliative care centre
as we have two sisters, Sr. Smitha and Sr. Sajeeva who had attended a
certificate course in Palliative Nursing at Medical College, Kozhikkode. Sr. Vinaya, the Provincial Councillor for
healing ministry was appointed as the Directress of Chavara Palliative Care Centre.
was a unique occasion of dual celebration when we organize a grand function to
celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Sr. Modesta, and the blessing of the convent
Chapel and the palliative care centre on 23rd April 2014. Archbishop Most Rev. Dr. Leo Cornelio was the
main celebrant for the blessing and the Jubilee Eucharistic celebration. There were many fathers, sisters,
well-wishers and friends to share our joy. Fr. Belthazar and Fr. Vikranth from
Balasore diocese, Fr. Shaji Ezhikad and Fr. Raju Koippilly from Etawah mission
and Fr. Varghese Kumbluveli from Khandwa, Sr. Modesta’s uncle, her nephew
priest, and her cousin religious sister also were present for the solemn
celebration. Sr. Ancilla the Provincial Councillor was the M.C., Sr.Pavithra,
the Provincial Councillor, Fr. Varghese, Fr. Belthazar and Fr. Vikrant
felicitated Sr.Modesta. Fr. Sebastian
Thekkeyattom was specially honoured for his untiring and selfless service in
directing and supervising the work all throughout the construction. Mr. Khan, the architector, Mr. Fazal the
Contractor, Mr. Victor for daily attending on all the needs and supervising
both for construction and the cultivation of the land, Mr. Vimal carpenter, Mr.
Mathew electrician, Mr. Nabore Watchman were acknowledged for their valuable
contribution by the Provincial Superior Mother Noel. Sr. Modesta proposed the vote of thanks.
was decided that Villa Carmel will be an annexure of Mount Carmel
Provincialate. Since there was some pending works still going on, no community was
formed immediately. At the end of May 2014 Provincial Council made arrangement to
have some sisters in this newly founded convent and to supervise the finishing
works going on in the house. Gradually the first
community members of Villa Carmel, Sr. Soona (Superior), Sr. Vinaya (Pro.
Councillor), Sr. Emily, Sr. Maria Cruz, Sr. Christin and Sr. Smitha reached and
did the preliminary works of the new ministry adopted by our Province.