Congregation of the Mother of Carmel (CMC)
The first indigenous women congregation established in 1866
CMC sisters, the first indigenous Religious Congregation for Women enjoys Pontifical Right, in the Syro- Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Church. The Roman Pontiff is the Supreme head of this Congregation that comes under the jurisdiction of the Sacred Congregation for Oriental Churches.Get in touch
The charism of CMC is ‘ The personal sanctity and redemptive uplift of the people of God, especially women and children, through the right blending of contemplation and action’.‘Be holy and lead others to holiness’ is its essence. This charism obliges the members not only to work for our own sanctity but also for the salvation and sanctification of souls, remaining united with God the Father through contemplation and accomplishing apostolic services by following the example of Jesus who fulfilled the will of His Father by praying in the solitude of the mountains, preaching the Kingdom of God and doing good to all.
The congregation was founded by St.Kuriakose Elias Chavara. It was founded as the Sisters of the Third Order Regular of the Order of Discalced Carmelites on 13 February 1866 at Koonammavu in the southern state of Kerala.The first house of the new community was opened in Koonammavu with three women: Eliswa, a widow, her daughter Anna, Eliswa’s sister Tresa and another young lady named Clara came as the fourth member on the next day.. They were given the rules of the Discalced Third Order under the authority of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Verapoly, the Most Rev. Bernardine Baccinelli, O.C.D.Fr.Leopold Beccaro O.C.D. was their spiritual director.The first foundation outside of Kerala from among the different groups was to the Punjab in 1958.
Full union of the disparate congregations did not take place until 16 November 1963, when they were recognized by the Holy See as a congregation of the Eastern Church, at which time the congregation took the name of Congregation of Mother of Carmel, by which it is currently known.Our heritage starts from the God-experience of our founder St Kuriakose Elias Chavara and our co-founder Fr Leopold, which was transmitted directly to our first members. Rooted in the Indian culture, spiritual heritage and traditions of the St Thomas Christians and of the Carmelites, and nourished by the lived experience of the members of our Congregation, it has been now entrusted to our care as the founding spirit. We are much inspired by the age old spiritual wisdom and asceticism of the Eastern Christian monasticism.
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