|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. FathersThomas Palackal, Thomas Porukara and Kuriakose Elias Chavara.They were assisted by Jacob Kanianthara who joinedthe 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, gave permission to start this religious Congregation. The foundation stone for the first monastery at Mannanam was laid on 11th May 1831.