History of the South Kerala Province St. Joseph's OCD
On 8th July 1967, our mother province Malabar was raised to the status of a province by the General Chapter. In the course of time, there were internal problems regarding the manner of vocation promotion. For a long time, it remained as a mere wishful dream of the Latin friars of the Malabar province to have the freedom to promote more candidates of the Latin rite. There were 20 members of the Latin Rite in the Province. On 11th march 1980, ten members petitioned for separation from the Malabar Province. Fr.Angel Mary Chemmayath, Fr.Andrew Fernandez, Fr.Vincent, Fr. Antony Pullichira, Fr.Clement D’Cruz, Fr.Wilfred Miranda), Bro.Francis Koduveliparambil, Bro.Policarp, Bro. GeorgePandaraparambil and deacon (Deacon Elias Kalathil On 10th April 1981 Very. Rev. Fr. Philip Sainz de Baranda, the former Prior General of our Order effected a visible internal arrangement based on the rite and region of the members and they were separated and placed in the Varapuzha monastery. The first aspirants’ house was built at St. Andrews in the Archdiocese of Trivandrum in 1984. A Novitiate was opened on 8th December, 1983 at St.Joseph’s Monastery, Varapuzha The Novitiate was eventually shifted to Perumkulam in the Diocese of Punalur on 4th December 1989. The Varapuzha Unit was raised to the status of Provincial Delegation on December 28, 1987. In March 1996 St.Joseph’s Philosophy College at Ambalapuzha was inaugurated. On 29th May 1996, the General Delegation was raised to a General Commissariat. On 29th May 2001 the Commissariat of South Kerala was made a full-fledged Province by the General Definitory. Statistics Now we have altogether 25 houses, both erected and non - erected in our Province : 11 in Kerala, 10 in the Regional vicariate of West bengal and North East, 2 in Germany and 2 iItlay. There are 102 Priests, 14 solemnly professed brothers, eight novices, and 103 candidates in various stages of formations. We have 38 secular Carmel units consisting of 3000 members approximately and we also have started a Carmel youth wing to impart our Charism to the youth. We have one retreat center and a V-guard unit for empowering women. Mission The Regional Vicariate of West Bengal and North East is a part of South Kerala Province. This mission that was opened in 1998 was declared a Regional Vicariate on 27th October 2008. At present together with ten religious houses, we have four schools, six orphanages (three for boys, three for girls), four parishes and two tailoring centers within the jurisdiction of the Regional Vicariate.
PUSHPIKALAYA , KOLKATA
Sugh Sagar Apartment
1st Floor,Flat Nos. 113 & 114
Picnic Garden Road 252 A
Kolkata – 700039
A group of Friars of South Kerala Province of St. Joseph, when it was only a small Commissariat, under the leadership of Very Rev. Fr. Wilfred Miranda OCD (the Commissar) launched into a new mission field in the year 1998, in West Bengal and North-East India. On 3rd June 1998 they boarded in the Trivandrum–Howrah Express from Quilon Railway station, presently known as Kollam, with one dream that “all may know Christ and His Gospel.” On the third day they reached at the famous Howrah station; standing near the Hooghly River and looking at the famous Howrah Bridge they dreamt that the blessings of Christ will flow into this State like the overflowing Hooghly. From there they soon reached Calcutta Archbishop’s House and with the assistance of the Archbishop and of a local priest, arrangements were made to start a Carmelite mission in Calcutta. The only possible and prudent way was to procure a flat and thus two flats in the heart of the city were bought and blessed on June 6, 1998, by His Grace Most Rev. Henry D’Souza, the Archbishop of Calcutta. This house and all the missionary activities of the Province were dedicated to the Patronage of St. Therese of Lisieux. Two Friars (Frs. Albert Peter and Joseph K.Z.) started residing in the new house and began to assist in pastoral activities in the city parishes nearby. After two years Fr. LuciousAthipozhiyiland Fr. Marcel A. Fernandez joined the community when the first inmates of the house were sent to new mission fields. This house was raised to the status of Canonically Erected Community on 20th February, 2005. Meanwhile, students of theology (Bros. Manual, Paul Alby, Francis Sales and Marydasan) were sent to Morning Star Theological College, Barrackpore, with the view of venturing into new mission stations. When the first batch of the students of theology at Morning Star College was Ordained, the Friars took up a new mission at Panchankondain Baruipur diocese. This mission continued for two years, finally due to personnel and financial problemsetc, it was given back to the diocese.
The Carmelites are not strangers to the Archdiocese of Calcutta since the Carmelite Sisters (OCD) are already there from the year 1937 in Outram Street, Calcutta. Our Monastery serves as the Central House of the Vicariate. Our friars are doing spiritual ministry to the Diocese and different Religious Congregations in and out of the City. Since the monastery functions in the Apartment with limited space, 4 acres of land were purchased a few kms away from Science City where a Monastery and some social undertaking for the local people will be set up in the near future.
Fr. Albert Joseph : Superior
Fr. Marcel Fernandez : Member