Carmelites of Mary Immaculate

St Joseph's province, Thiruvananthapuram

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The First Carmelite Monastery at Mannanam
The congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (C.M.I.) was started by three illustrious priests of the Apostolic Church of St Thomas Christians in India. These Founders were Rev. Fathers Thomas Palackal, Thomas Porukara and Bl. Kuriakose Elias Chavara.
They were assisted by Jacob Kanianthara who joined the Congregation as a brother co-operator. The Italian Carmelite Bishop, Maurilius Stabilini O.C.D., who was governing the St Thomas Christians of Kerala at that time, granted permission to start this religious Congregation. The foundation stone for the first monastery at Mannanam was laid on 11th May 1831. The first two of the Founding Fathers passed away in 1841 and 1846 respectively.
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