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.
HOLY ROSARY CARMEL,TRIVANDRUM
Holy Rosary Carmel
Swagath Nagar, Venganoor P.O
A SHORT HISTORY OF THE HOLY ROSARY CARMEL, T V M, KERALA, INDIA
Our Monastery is of Spanish Origin, dedicated to our Lady of Rosary founded in April 2005 as the fifth Cloistered Carmel in Kerala. While searching for the radical root of its origin our eyes reach out to the very heart of our Holy mother St. Teresa- after founding the first monastery of st.Joseph, Avila- who founded 16 other monasteries in Spain one after another. The Salamanca Carmel is one among them. From Salamanca the Escorial Carmel was founded, from Escorial, Cerro de los Angeles to found the Kottayam Carmel. Thiruvalla Carmel was founded in 1948 in the Vijayapuram Diocese, After two decades, in 1967 from Kottayam Carmel, the Kottiyam Carmel was founded as 3rd Carmel in Kerala, and Eramalloor Carmel is the 4th in Kerala was founded from the Thiruvalla Carmel in 1983.
Times and seasons passed away, when members increased in Kottiyam Carmel, an innate desire for a new Foundation slowly began to grow in the mind of the community and it was preparing indirectly for its sprout. while petting this thought, on a a beautiful dawn, our heavenly Father put this seed of the new foundation in the mind of the Provincial Rev. Fr. Bernadine and his provincial council was positive and sent the Kottiyam Carmel an official letter requesting to found a monastery in the Latin diocese of Trivandrum. This unexpected letter caused a greater surprise to the community that the long cherished seed for a new foundation had to be landed in Trivandrum, the capital city of Kerala, God’s own country.
On 28th March 2005, the birthday of our Holy Mother, eight nuns bid good bye to the mother house. The inauguration and the blessing took place on 1st April 2005 as a homage to our Lady of Rosary was officiated by our Arch Bishop Soosa Pakkiam in the presence of many priests and Religious, many people including our Hindu Brethren.
As our Monastery is in the coastal area. The name of the Monastery is appropriate that for the people our monastery is a real pearl, stands as ray of hope to the suffering and to the down trodden and beacon for the fishermen and those who are searching for the truth. Carmel is a haven of peace for those who would sit and wait at the Lord’s feet.
Mother Prioress : Rev.Sr.Anges of the Heart of Mary OCD
Rev.Sr.Rosario of the Holy Face OCD
Rev.Sr.Amala of St.Joseph OCD
Rev.Sr.Maria Isabel of the sacred Heart OCD
Rev.Sr.Leena of Christ Crucified OCD
Rev.Sr.Amala of Jesus OCD
Rev.Sr.Christy of the Holy Spirit OCD
Rev.Sr.Mary Margaret of the Infant Jesus OCD
Rev.Sr.Maria Dasi of the Infant Jesus OCD
Rev.Sr.Teresa of the Holy Family OCD