Carmel Convent, Changanacherry, 1983


Sr. Rosa Maria AC

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In 1982, the dearth of vocation led us to approach the Arch Bishop Mar. Antony Padiyara seeking permission to open a convent at Changanacherry. He gave consent to have a convent in the suburbs where there was no convent.

In the meantime, Mr. C. M. John, Sr. Renee’s father offered one of the houses of his son in the town for us to use till we build our own convent. On 19th March 1982, Carmel Convent was opened. Sr. Theresia was chosen as the sister in charge and Srs. Maria Thomas and Bartholomea to assist her. Sr. Lucil represented Mother General on the blessing day. The sisters tried their best to promote vocations, visiting parishes and houses.

In 1983, Sr. Theresia trudging here and there, found a suitable place near the parish at Madappally – one of the suburbs of Changanacherry, was chosen to build a convent. After much negations a plot of land 1.25 acres was purchased for about 1.50 lakhs. On September 14th 1984 we received the ecclesiastical approval from Rome to have the Latin Rite Convent in Changanacherry Diocese under Syro Malabar rite. Mr. Thomas one of the elders of the parish rendered assistance to see the work of building the convent. In 1984 the work started and completed by December 1984. Sr. Miriam Tresa was sent to see the construction work. On March 1984 foundation stone was blessed by the Archbishop. For 2 years and 9 months all were in Mr. C. M. John’s house (Cherukara house) free of rent. On 3rd December 1984 we shifted to the new building. 1985 January 19th the formal blessing of the new convent was done. Archbishop and Superior General Sr. Mariella along with the representatives of convents were present. The cost of convent building came up to Rs. 4.50 lakhs. Sisters were attending all the parish activities, family apostolate, vocation recruitments, visiting houses, conducting prayer services, preparing children for first communion and other pastoral apostolate.

On June 2nd 1993 we began Eng. Med. Nursery classes up to 3rd Std. There were 42 students, altogether. In 1996, for few months Sr. Ignatius was the H.M. Then Sr. Vineetha became H.M. In 2005, Sr. Theresemina become the H.M. followed by Sr. Cicily Scaria. From 2012 onwards Sr. Lily Jose is the H.M. and at present there are classes up to 9th. So many sisters worked here periodically.


Contact Details:

Carmel Convent
Madapally PO,Changanacherry – 686 546
Kerala,Ph.No. 0481-2472316