Carmelites of Mary Immaculate

St Joseph's province, Thiruvananthapuram

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The CMI Apostolates
The Congregation was involved from its beginning, in such activities as the Church in Kerala was in need of at particular times. It started with preaching retreats and conducting seminaries for training priests. The members met the challenge of educating the youth and disseminating Christian literature, laboured for the conversion of non-Christians and for the reunion of the separated brethren among St Thomas Christians and undertook works of mercy and started charitable institutions.
The mission work of the C.M.I. Congregation gathered new dimension and momentum as mission territories beyond the boundaries of Kerala were entrusted to it from 1962 onwards to expand the Syro-Malabar Church. The first six Missionaries from the Congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI), belonging to the Syro-Malabar Church of Oriental Rite, came to the newly erected Mission territory called Chanda, under the able guidance of his Excellency Bishop Januarius CMI, on 13 August 1962.
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