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When the Discalced Carmelite family in India was rearranged by Fr. Philip Saize de Baranda, the Superior General in 1981 into different circumscriptions, those 10 Latin members from Malabar Province were assigned to St. Joseph Monastery, Varapuzha on 10th April, 1981 to form an independent community under the General Definitory. It was then christened “Varapuzha Unit”. In 1982, the Unit was permitted to promote vocations from all over Kerala of the Latin Dioceses. Zealous and numerous candidates began to flow in, that they had to build an Aspirants’ House at Chittattumukku in Trivandrum.
The foundation stone was blessed and laid by Very Rev. Fr. Philip Sains De Barabda OCD (Superior General of discalced Carmelites) on January 14 1983. The house was inaugurated by Very. Rev. Fr. Patric Mootheril OCD and blessed by his Excellency Rev. Dr. A.B. Jacob OFM.CAP (Bishop of Trivandrum) on June 29184.
Carmel Ashram, Chittattumukku P.O.,
Thiruvananthapuram – 695 588
Ph: 0091.471. 2705426
Rev. Fr. Jacob Maria (Superior)
Rev. Fr. Johnson (Director of Students)
Rev. Fr. Joseph Elanjikal
Rev. Fr. Dennis Laiju (Procurator)