Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Carmelites of Mary Immaculate - Founder Chavara Kuriakose Elias

The Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (C.M.I.) are a religious institute for men in the Syro-Malabar Church found on 11 May 1831; 183 years ago. It is the first Catholic religious congregation founded in India. "I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts" is the motto of C.M.I. It was founded by Kuriakose Elias Chavara along with Thomas Palackal and  Thomas Porukara as co founders. The first monastery of CMI congregation was established on 11 May 1831 at Mannanam in Kottayam district of Kerala, India.
The congregation currently has five major seminaries for the training of its members: Dharmaram College, Bangalore, Darsana Philosophate, Wardha, Samanvaya Theologate, Bhopal, Carmel Vidya Bhavan, Pune, and CMI Vidya Bhavan, Baroda. The first seminary outside India was established in 2001 in Kenya. In 1962, when the Chanda mission territory was entrusted to the Syro-Malabar Church, it was committed to the care of the congregation. Apart from Chanda, today CMI bishops take care of the dioceses of Jagdalpur, Bijnor, Rajkot, and Adilabad. Other than Missionary works congregation have running lot of educational institution. One of the pioneering works of C.M.I is in 1844, the first printing press in the Syro-Malabar Church was started at Mannanam. Deepika, the first newspaper of Kerala, was begun at Mannanam in 1887. After running it for more than a century, it was handed over to a registered company.

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