Nestling in the palm fingered shores of the Arabian Sea, this little city of Calicut boast of Great Historical significance. This small city with the advent of the Arabs, the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British and its natives of various Hindu casts soon came to be the habitat of Cosmopolitan population and was destined to be the place where the Foundress Venerable Mother Veronica Conceived the idea of a Carmel for the Missions. Bishop Michel Antony decided to open a second school in Calicut. It was duly opened on 1st April 1862 and named St.Joseph’s Convent School with English as medium of instruction. Mother Veronica of St.Joseph of Apparition was the first superior of the convent and headmistress of the school. She served the school for two years 1862 to 1864.
It was here that Mother Veronica got the inspiration to start a Carmel for the missions. St. Joseph Calicut has the unique distinction of being the only house of the Apostolic Carmel where the Foundress lived and worked for about two years as a sister of St.Joseph of Apparition. St. Joseph’s School, Calicut has the distinction of being the first school for girls in Malabar.
Two sisters were set aside for the study of Malayalam and a Malayalam Elementary School was started with two sisters and two lay teachers on the staff. This school was developed into St. Angela’s Elementary School.
The year 2011 is remembered as a blessed one in the history of St. Joseph’s Convent. It marked the 150th year of the arrival of our dear Foundress to Calicut and sowed the seed of the Apostolic Carmel and even started the educational Apostolate which has flourished during the years. Her vision of education for the integral growth of students with compassion and faith formation and prayer is the goal of our apostolate. We are privileged to live in the very spot where Mother Veronica received the call to Carmel.
The year long death centenary celebration of Mother Veronica was inaugurated at St. Joseph’s School on 4th November 2005. The highlight of the celebration was an impressive rally in which three thousand participated including Sisters, Parents, Teachers, Carmel Blossoms and the ACAs.
Institutions under St.Joseph’s Convent.
Sisters are also involved in parish apostolate and in-charge of ITI institute run by the diocese. They are taking care of St.Patric Church at Kallai which is near to Cathedral Church, Calicut.