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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.Wish the members of CMI family the greetings of Nativity of our beloved Mother.

2.97 novices make their entrance into the novitiate on September 8, 2019 after due preparation. Let us thank the Lord for their vocation to CMI Family and pray for their effective novitiate life to set the right foundation for CMI Religious Life after the model of founding fathers.

3. Archbishop Mar Antony Kariyil CMI was appointed as the Metropolitan Vicar of Ernakulam Angamly Archdiocese. Chavara Hills Community along with Karikkamury, CSR Pariyaram and Kainakary communities gave a reception to Mar Antony Kariyil in the evening on 4th September 2019. The community organized a Bible Service and prayed for Mar Antony Kariyil, followed by the dinner in the refectory. Rev. Fr. Sebastian Thekkedath felicitated the Archbishop in his new endeavor. Rev. Fr. Prior General felicitated the new Archbishop on behalf of the entire CMI community after the installation ceremony at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Ernakulam Congratulations and Best wishes to Mar Antony Kariyil CMI.

4. Rev. Fr. Prior General along with General auditor made the Canonical visitations in Darsana Institute of Philosophy Wardha, Samanvaya – Kolchoor, Rishikesh and Bhopal and CMI Bhavan New Delhi from August 14-29.

5. Rev. Fr. Prior General and General auditor visited the Aspirants’ houses at Jagadalpur, Najibabad and Meerut and the novitiates in Banpuri and Budhini and interacted with the aspirants and novices

6. The second lap of CMI Mission in Iraq (first lap: 1960-1965) began on 22 August 2019, on the feast of the Queenship of Our Blessed Mother. Fr. Paul Thaimoottil CMI (Nirmal Province, Jagdalpur) and Fr. George (Bibin) Paruthippillikkunnel CMI (Mary Matha Province, Hyderabad) are part of this new CMI global mission. Fr. Josey Thamarassery CMI, Provincial of Jagdalpur, accompanied them to Bagdad.

7. Major Superiors’ Meeting and General Formation Council was held at Dharmaram College, Bangalore from August 30 – September 2. Rev. Fr. Joe Mathias SJ gave input on Intellectual Formation and Religious Life, the theme of the General Formation Council. Rev. Fr. Prior General set the tone of the discussion based on the legacy of our founding fathers. Representatives of the Provincials, Vocation Promoters, Aspirants’ Rectors, Novice Masters, and Provincial Formation Coordinators along with the General Formation Coordinator, Rectors of Major Study Houses, Coordinator of Spiritual Directors and the acting President of DVK made the presentations.

8. Birth Centenary of late Bishop Jonas Thaliyath was celebrated at Dharmaram College on August 31, 2019. The program commenced with a touching Bible service in Dharmarm Chapel, followed by a gathering in BJTM Hall. Rev. Fr. Rector, Rev. Fr. Prior General, Mar Jose Chittooparambil, Bishop of Rajkot, Rev. Fr. Thomas Aykara, Rev. Fr. Paul Parathazhath, Director of St. John’s Academy of Health Sciences, Rev. Fr. Francis Thonippara, Rev. Msgr. Fr. Mathew Koikara and Dr .Baby Paul spoke on the occasion. Some good songs were composed and were performed during the occasion by the shcolastics. Congratulations to Rev. Fr. Paulachan Kochappilly and team for the effective organization of the program.

9. CEVA Annual General Body Meeting was held at Chavara Hills on September 7, 2019. Rev. Fr. Varghese Vithayathil, Vicar General and the Councilor for Social Apostolate welcomed the gathering and gave the message of the day. The report of the financial year was 2018-19 was presented and the budget for 2019-20 was approved. Rev. Fr. Anil Puthuparambil gave the input session the role of social media in social apostolate. During the program Rev. Fr. Varghese Kokkadan was felicitated for successfully completing his doctoral research.

10. Congratulations and best wishes to Rev. Fr. Mathew Maniampra for publishing the book Psycho-Theological Paradigms in Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara

11. Congratulations and best wishes to Rev. Fr. Naiju Kalambukattu for publishing the book Raymond: A Carmelite Patriarch of Gangakshetra.

12. Congratulations and best wishes to Rev. Fr. Varghese Kokkadan for successfully completing the doctoral research.

13. Congratulations and best wishes to Rev. Fr. Cyril Kuttiyanickal who edited the book JESUS: The Human Face of God.


CMI Constitution Retreats

Ø CSR Pariyaram: December 1-7. Interested members may register with the Director, CSR, Pariyaram at the earliest.

Ø Chavara Hills: from September 9-15, 2019.

Ø Sacred Heart Province, Kochi: from September 8-14

Ø St. Joseph Province Kottayam: from September 8-14

Ø Mary Matha Vice Province, Bellampally: from September 29 October 05

Ø St. John’s Province Bijnor: from October 04-10

Ø St. Thomas Province kozhikode: from October 07 (Morning) - October 12 (Evening)

Ø St. Chavara Vice Province, Bhavnagar & St Xavier’s Province, Rajkot: Month of October

Ø Mar Thoma Province, Chanda: from October 27- November 02

Ø St. Paul Province, Bhopal: from November 03-09

Ø St. Paul Province, Bhopal: from November 24-30

Ø Darsana Institute of Philosophy, Wardha: from December 02-08

Ø Nirmal Province, Jagdalpur: from January 13-17, 2020.

v 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.

v 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.

v CMI Mission Conference: 24-26 October 2019 at Dharmaram College, Bangalore.

v Training of the resource team for facilitating study of Lineamenta will be held in Chavara Hills from 10 am on October 5 to 4 p.m. on October 6, 2019.

v Mission Year celebration and Birth Centenary of Late Bishop Mar Jonas Thaliath will be held at Chavara Hills from 9.30 a.m. to 1 00 pm. on October 7, 2019.

† Let’s Remember the Departed Souls

Ø Rev. Fr. Jose Maprani CMI (80) (Preshitha Province, Coimbatore) was called to eternal reward today, 5 September 2019. He began his apostolate as a Social worker at Prior General’s House. He was a committed and zealous religious priest who spent his entire life for the people of God at Tamil Nadu and Kerala. His life-style and simplicity have inspired many young CMIs to be true Carmelites. Parish: Ollur

Birth: 02-09-1939

First Vow: 16-05-1963

Ordination: 17-05-1970

Death: 05-09-2019

His funeral was on Saturday, 07 September 2019 at 10.00 am at Bharathamatha Ashram, Palakkad.

Ø Sr. Mary Leoni SH (90) beloved elder sister of Rev. Fr. Charls Pyngottu CMI ( St. Joseph Province, Kottayam) was called to eternal reward on 15 August 2019. Funeral was on Friday 16 August 2019 at 10.30 am at SH Provincial House, Parel, Changanassery.

Ø Mr.P J Kuriachan Pullatt (66 ) beloved youngest brother of Rev. Fr Joseph Pullatt CMI ( St. Thomas Province, Kozhikode) was called to eternal reward on 19 August 2019. The funeral was on 20 August 2019 at 3. 30 pm at Holy Family Church, Padathukadav, near Perambra, Kozhikode.

Ø Mr. Ulahannan Kattamkottil(90), beloved father of Rev. Fr. Kurian Kattamkottil CMI ( St. Paul's Province, Mysore) was called to eternal reward on 21 August 2019. The funeral was on Friday, 23 August 2019 at 10.00 am at St. Joseph's Cathedral Church, Kaniyaram, Manathavady.

Ø Mrs. Chinnamma Vadakemuriyil (85) Beloved mother of Rev Fr. Thomas (Jimmy) Vadakemuriyil ( Nirmal Province, Jagadalpur) was called to eternal reward on 25 August 2019. Funeral was on Wednesday, 28 August 2019 at 10 am at St. Thomas Church Manikadave, Kannur.

Ø Mrs. Eliyakutti Varayilan (84) beloved mother of Rev Fr. Davis Varayilan CMI (St. John's Province, Bijnor) was called to eternal reward on 02 September 2019. The funeral was on Wednesday, 04 September 2019 at 3.30 pm at St. George Church, Kalady.

Ø Mr. Francis Musyimi Kyungu (82) beloved father of Rev Fr. Raphael Musyimi CMI( Devamatha Province, Thrissur) was called to eternal reward on 27 August 2019. The Funeral was on Friday, 6 September 2019 at 11.00 am.

Ø Mr. Michael Thomas(Miniyachan) Cheruthanickal (73) beloved father of Rev. Fr. Anish Cheruthanickal CMI (Carmel Province, Muvattupuzha) was called to eternal reward on 4 September 2019. The Funeral was on Thursday, 5 September 2019 at 3.00 pm at St. Jude Church, Kanakakkunnu.

Ø Mrs. Thresia Thekkedathu (90) beloved mother of Rev. Fr. Sebastian Thekkedath CMI (Mary Matha Vice-Province, Hyderabad) was called to eternal reward on 06 September 2019. The funeral was on Saturday, 07 September 2019 at 3. 00 pm at St. Antony’s Church, Kalluvayal.