History Of Mount Carmel Province
Mount Carmel Province
"I will sing of your steadfast love O Lord forever; with my mouth I proclaim your faithfulness to all generations". (Ps. 89/1) Mount Province ,Bhopal is originated as an offshoot of Holy Queens Changanacherry. In the year 1968 a few officers of B.H.E.L. met Rt. Dr. Eugene D' Souza, the then Archbishop of Bhopal and discussed him the possibility of bringing C.M.C sisters to open an School for the children of the B.H.E.L employees. Thus our of sisters reached Bhopal in 1968 and was accorded a warm welcome the St. Joseph's sisters of Chamberry, the pioneer religious sisters of the diocese of Bhopal.
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 and was raised to the status of Vice Province in 1995. It became a full-fledged Province in 1997. Inspired by the love of God and inflamed by the 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 21 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) Agartala (2019) and Mandya (2020). We have a recruiting house at Kottayam (1991) in the Archdiocese of Changanacherry and a mission station in the diocese of Baton Rough U.S.A (2003).
In addition to this our Sisters render their service in Germany (1) and Africa (1). At present, we have 103 finally professed sisters, 20 temporary professed sisters, 5 Novices, 4 postulants, 2 aspirants and 5 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 activities 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 rehabilitation centre. Non-formal education, Palliative care centre, clinic, health care centers, women empowerment programmes for the economically and socially marginalized etc. are also taken care of by the sisters. "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.