Order of Carmelites
St Thomas Province of India is the fruit of the missionary zeal of the Upper German Province. During the Provincial Chapter held in 1973 a resolution was made on 13th June to start a foundation of the Order in India. Father Joseph Kotschner, the then Provincial, strove hard to learn the situations and realities of the Church and the people in India. He planned and organized the task of founding the Order in India with great zeal and long vision. As a result three batches of candidates from India reached Bamberg, Germany, in the years 1973, 1974 and 1976. On completion of their religious and priestly formation, the first Indian Carmelite Fathers Sunny Kodiyan and Thomas Kizhakemury, returned to India in 1982 and Fathers John Adapoor and Francis Pavartikaran in 1983.
In 1982 the first house of the Order in India, Carmel Nivas was canonically erected at Karukadam as the Minor Seminary in the diocese of Kothamangalam; in 1984 Karmel Nikethan was erected at Kartikulam as the Novitiate House in the diocese of Mananthavady and in 1988 Carmel Jyothi was erected as the study house in Bengaluru. Carmel Sadan was erected in 1994 at Chettupuzha, Trichur. It is the provincial house of the Province.
The foundation in India became a region in 1991 and was raised to the status of a Commissariate in 1993, which was officially approved by the General Council in 1994. Father Sunny Kodiyan was elected the first Commissary Provincial. Fathers John Adapoor and Mathew Neendoor respectively became the succeeding Commissary Provincials. In 1998 the Indian Commissariate started a mission in the diocese of Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh. On 16th July 2007, the Indian Commissariate was declared an independent Province which was named "St. Thomas Province" by the then Prior General, Most Reverend Joseph Chalmers and Very Reverend Father Mathew Neendoor was appointed the first Prior Provincial and was later elected the Prior Provincial.
Today the Carmelites serve the Church in India and abroad by giving retreats, doing parish ministry and providing social and educational services for those in need.
Newly elected Provincial team of Order of Carmelites (O.Carm.), St.Thomas Province, India.
Very. Rev. Fr. Sebastian (Thankachan ) Njaliath O.Carm.
( Prior Provincial ), Rev. Fr. Thomas Kunnapilly O.Carm. (1st Councillor ), Rev.Fr. Shaji Mangalath O.Carm. (2nd Councillor ), Rev.Fr. Shiju Njaralampuzha O.Carm. (3rd Councillor ), Rev.Fr. Johnson Kunnath O.Carm. (4th Councillor ).
Congratulations to newly elected provincial team.
Fr. Shijin Akkara O.Carm. was ordained by Bishop Mar Raphael Thattil on 22 April 2023 & Fr. Jacob Pallippurath O.Carm. was ordained by Bishop Mar George Madathikandathil on 13 April 2023.
Congratulations to Newly Ordained Deacons
Bro. Anson Ernakuzhiyil O.Carm.& Bro. Lucka Thekkemadathilparambil O.Carm
Our province is always keen in spreading our presence among people irrespective of their caste, creed, or
gender.Our education institutions play a vital role in this aspect.
Forming the younger generations and minds as the Carmelites and for the Church is of prime importance as
far as the Province is concerned.
In a world engulfed by uncertainties, existential crises, irresistible attractions of the worldly
pleasures,and weakened faith to show the true path, i.e.
Started in 1998, our mission in Andhra stands as a prototype of all our missionary
activities in India.Our fathers leave behind all that are treated as valuable for the sake of the people who
need their help.
Be a true human being is essential as far as a Carmelite is concerned and help others, especially the dejected
and downtrodden brothers of Christ is of greater importance and an inescapable responsibility.
The Carmelite Constitutions (no. 91) referring to the apostolic mission of the Order in the Local Church declare that
"the Carmelite mission shares in the mission of Jesus
Situated in Kothamangalm, Carmel Book stall opens up new vistas of activity to our friars.
It stands as one of the media through which interactions with people become easier.
Our services are not limited to the Indian frontiers. The province is willing enough to send its members abroad for
parish ministries understanding the need of the time of our Lord.
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