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The Congregation of Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI) is the first indigenous religious congregation in India.

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1.The conference of CMI Professional Psychologists was held at Chavara Hills from July 16-17, 2019. Rev. Fr. A R John, a diocesan priest from the Latin Archdiocese of Trivandrum was the resource person for the Conference. Rev. Fr. Varghese Puthussery CMI, Rev. Fr. C M Joseph SDB and Dr. Sanju George were the panelists for the discussions. Hearty congratulation to Rev. Fr. Thomas Mathilakathu CMI, who took initiative to conduct the conference of the professional psychologists of our congregation.
2. The meeting of the Lineamenta committee for the upcoming General Synaxis was held at Chavara hills from July 20- 21. The committee members, Rev. Fr. Jose Kuriedath, Rev. Fr. Benny Mukalel, Rev. Fr. Saju Chackalackal and Rev. Fr. Davis Varayilan, Rev. Fr. Joy Vattoly (jr) were present for the meeting.
3. In-service Training 2019 (Meeting of the Rectors’ of the Aspirants, Vocation Promoters and Formation Coordinators) was held from July 20-22, 2019 at Chavara Hills. Vicar General, Rev. Fr. Varghese Vithayathil CMI, welcomed the gathering. Rev. Fr. Prior General inaugurated the meeting and gave the message. Rev. Fr. Biju Kootaplackal CMI, Rev. Fr. Mathew Anatharackal CMI, Rev. Fr. John Pallithuruthel CMI, Rev. Fr. Antony Kochalumkal CMI, Rev. Fr. Joy Ureth CMI were resource persons of the In-service Training 2019.
4. Hearty congratulations to Rev. Fr. Francis Thonippara CMI, who is selected and appointed by Pope Francis as a member of the Historical commission at Rome for the next five years.
5. Congratulations to Rev. Fr. Lawrence Padamadan who has been awarded Doctorate in Theology on July 19, 2019. He defended the thesis, Christian Concept of Person and Human Dignity in the Present Indian Cultural Context: A Systematic Study based on the Modern Social Encyclicals. The final exams and the presentation of his thesis were on 17th July, 2019 at Velander, Germany.
6. Exams and thesis presentation of Rev. Fr. Jomon Mularikkal was held on 17 & 18 July in Vallendar, Germany. The title of the dissertation: Perspectives of the Eucharistic Change: A Systematic Study Based on the Wandlung Theology of Cardinal Kurt Koch with Special Reference to Jean-Luc Marion.
7. Rev. Fr. Joel Pullolil CMI, faculty member of Rajagiri Engineerng College, defended the thesis for PhD. in. Mechanical Engineering from NIT Kozhikode. The Topic of research: Investigations on Valorisation of Lignocellulosic Biomass through Fluidised Bed Gasification.
8. The blessing and consecration of St. Veronica Catholic Parish, Syokimau was held on 30 June 2019 by His Lordship Rt. Rev. Norman King’ oo Wambua. Congratulations to Rev. Fr. Anto Thekkkudan, the parish priest and all our missionaries in Kenya.
9. The consecration of the Chapel and the blessing of the Annex at Nirmal Aram, Nakti Semra was held on 16 July 2019. The Chapel was consecrated by His Excellency Mar Joseph Kollamprambil CMI. Congratulations to Rev. Fr. Josey Thamarassery CMI, Provincial, Nirmal Province Jagdalpur and to Rev. Fr. Tom Arackal CMI, Superior, Nirmal Aram.
10. Rev. Fr. Saju Kollannur and Rev. Fr. Stenin Puthuran, members of St. Paul Province, Bhopal leave for Uganda on 23 July 2019 to take up new mission over there. Let us strengthen them with our prayers and whole hearted support.
11. The Consecration of St. Chavara Chapel, Kattappana will be held on 27, July 2019. The Chapel will be consecrated by His Excellency Mar Jose Pulickal. Hearty congratulations to Rev. Fr. Sebastian Elanjickal CMI, Provincial, St. Joseph Province, Kottayam and to Rev. Fr. Joseph Mathew Nedumparambil CMI, Prefect, Chvara Ashram.
12. Rev. Fr. Paul Thymoottil and Rev. Fr. Bibin Paruthipallikunnel will shortly leave for Baghdad for the new mission. Let us keep them in our valuable prayers.
13. The constitution retreat of CSR Pariyaram was held from July 9-15 2019. Rev. Fr. Thomas Kochumuttam CMI was the main preacher of the retreat. Rev. Fr. Geo Kannamkulam CMI, Rev. Fr. Antony Njallampuzha CMI, Rev. Fr. Sunny Punneliparambil CMI, Rev. Fr. Sony Palathara CMI and Rev. Fr. Saju Chackalackal CMI were the other preachers of the retreat.

CMI Constitution Retreats
? CSR Pariyaram: December 1-7. Interested members may register with the Director, CSR, Pariyaram at the earliest.
? Chavara Hills: from September 9-15, 2019. The interested members may contact Rev. Fr. Rijo Pulichamackal, Secretary to the Prior General.
? Sacred Heart Province, Kochi: from September 8-14
? St. Joseph Province Kottayam: from September 8-14
? Mary Matha Vice Province, Bellampally: from September 29 October 05
? St. John’s Province Bijnor: from October 04-10
? St. Thomas Province kozhikode: from October 07 (Morning) - October 12 (Evening)
? St. Chavara Vice Province, Bhavnagar & St Xavier’s Province, Rajkot: Month of October
? Mar Thoma Province, Chanda: from October 27- November 02
? St. Paul Province, Bhopal: from November 03-09
? St. Paul Province, Bhopal: from November 24-30
? Darsana Institute of Philosophy, Wardha: from December 02-08

? Meeting of CMI Philosophers and Theologians Forum (PTF) will be held at Dharmaram College, Bangalore from July 26-28, 2019.
? The Quinquennial programme for the junior priests will be held at Chavara Hills, Kakkanad from August 9-11, November 8-10, 2019 and at Poornodaya, Bhopal from September 28-29 and October 8-10, 2019. All the junior priests who have been ordained from December 2013 to January 2018 shall attend one of the programmes without fail.
? Major Superiors Meeting and General Formation Council will be held at Dharmaram College, Bangalore from August 30 to September 2, 2019.
? A National Seminar on Mission, titled Mission Ad Gentes at Crossroads on October 19-20, 2019, at Poornodaya, Bhopal. In this CMI Mission Year, as Pope Francis has declared October as the Mission Month, experts, veterans and evangelizers are gathering to reflect on the mission of Jesus undertaken by the Church, especially in India. We need to think loudly of the responses that we give to the challenges today. Providentially, it is also the Centenary year of the birth of Bp Jonas Thaliath, one of the pioneers in the North Indian Missions.
? CMI Mission Conference: 24-26 October 2019 at Dharmaram College, Bangalore.
† Let’s Remember the Departed Souls
? Mrs. Kochurani Palakkattu (52) beloved younger sister of Rev. Fr. Mathew Vempeny CMI (St. Joseph Province, Kottayam) was called to eternal reward on 14-07-2019. The funeral was on 15-07-2019 at 4 pm at Chundakkara Church, Pallikkunnu, Kalpatta.
? Mrs. Marykutty Chacko (86) beloved mother of Rev. Fr. Ajy Mooleparampil CMI (St. Joseph Province, Thiruvanathapuram) was called to eternal reward on 12 July 2019. The funeral was on Wednesday, 17 July 2019 at 10 am, at St. Joseph’s Church, Kayalpuram.
? Rev. Fr. Zacharias Kanjooparampil CSSR (81) beloved younger brother of late Rev. Fr Theophane CMI and the uncle of Rev. Fr Sony Palathra CMI ( St. Joseph Province, Thiruvanathapuram) was called to eternal reward on 18 July 2019. The Funeral was on Saturday, 20 July 2019 at 2.30 pm at Nithya Sahaya Matha Ashram Chowara, Aluva.
? Rev. Sr. Euphemia CMC (86) beloved sister of Rev. Fr. Jacob Martin (Prasanabhai) Kapiarmala CMI (Mar Thoma Province, Chanda) was called to eternal reward on 20 July 2019. The funeral will be on 20 July 2019 at 4.30 pm at St. Mary's Forane Church, Thrippunithura.
? Mrs. Mariam Mani (Mamikkutty) Vettiyankal (90) Beloved Mother of Rev. Fr. Abraham Vattiyankal CMI (St. Joseph Province, Kottayam) was called to eternal reward on 20 July 2019. The funeral was on Monday, 22 July 2019 at 03.00 pm at Mar Sleeva Church, Kanjiramattm.
? Mr. Ouseph Thekkudan (89) beloved father of Rev. Fr. Johnson Thekkudan CMI (Mar Thoma Province, Chanda) was called to eternal reward on 20 July 2019. The funeral was on Monday, 22 July, 2019 at 3. 00 Pm at Assumption Church, Pallikkunnu, Varandarappilly.
? Mrs. Rosa (94), beloved mother of Rev. Fr. Joy Vattoly (Sr) CMI (Devamatha Province, Thrissur) was called to eternal reward on 23 July 2019. Her funeral was on Thursday, 25 July 2019 at 10.30 am at St. Jude Church, Munipara.