Carmelites of Mary Immaculate

St Joseph's province, Thiruvananthapuram

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On 8 December 1855 the Religious Community at Mannanam became a canonically recognised Religious Congregation with the religious profession of the first batch of eleven priests headed by Fr. Kuriakose Elias Chavara. On this occasion the name assumed by the Religious Community at Mannanam was “Congregation of the Servants of Mary Immaculate of Mount Carmel”.

Fr. Kuriakose Elias Chavara, the first “Prior” of the Congregation passed away with the odour of sanctity on 3 January1871. He was declared “Blessed” by Pope John Paul II on 8th February 1986.

Since the Latin missionaries of the Order of Carmelites Discalced (O. C. D.) were guiding the Congregation started at Mannanam during its early period,Carmelite influence was there from the very outset.In 1860 the General Chapter of O.C.D. in Rome affiliatedthis new Religious Congregation of the Oriental Rite to itself and gave it the designation T.O.C.D. (Third Order of Carmelites Discalced). It was granted Pontifical status in 1885.The name of the Congregation was changed to C.M.I. (Carmelitesof Mary Immaculate) with the approval of its revised Constitution by the Holy See in 1958.C.M.I. was given Pontifical Exemption in 1967.

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