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

News Update

CMI-CMC General Team Meet
On 11th July, CMC Mother General and General Team joined Chavara Hills for a sharing and mutual appreciation of the CMI-CMC association in different apostolic missions. CMI Prior General and General Team also visited CMC Generalate on 1st August. The friendly visits strengthened the collaboration and collective efforts of both Congregations founded by the same father, St Kuriakose Elias Chavara.

Renewal Programme: Animator’s Meet
A zoom meeting of the animators for the renewal programme of the Southern Provinces was held on 22nd July. The themes and the procedures of the renewal programme were discussed in the meeting. Fr Prior General set the orientation and Fr Vicar General explained about the guidelines of the renewal programme.
Inauguration of the Golden Jubilee CMI Bijnor Mission

Inauguration of the golden Jubilee CMI Mission in Bijnor was held on line on 26th July. During the inaugural message Fr Prior General highlighted on the specific role and contributions of the CMIs in the Bijnor mission for spread of the gospel of Christ. Fr Benny Thettayil CMI, Provincial recalled about the hard-work of the CMI fathers in developing the mission in the past 50 years.

Renewal 2021: Orientation Programme
Online orientation sessions of the Renewal Programme 2021 were held on August 13 and 14. General Council, Provincials, animators from the provinces, etc. participated in the meeting. Fr Prior General inaugurated the programme and then nine resource persons presented their papers on various topics focusing on the major thrusts of GS 38.

Golden Jubilee of CMI Missions
An online planning meeting of the Provincials of CMI missions that are celebrating the golden Jubilee namely, Jagdalpur, Rajkot and Bijnor Provinces, Provincials of their mother provinces, Rectors of Samanvaya, Darsana, etc. was organized from the Generalate on 15th August. Fr Vicar General and Fr Lawrence Padamadan CMI moderated the discussions.
Committee Meeting

The study committee meeting on different aspects of Darsana Institute of Philosophy, Wardha was held at Prior General House on August 21, 2021. Along with General Council, Fr George Kulangara CMI, Rector, Fr Francis Aykaraparambil, Dean, Fr Joshy Pazhukkathara CMI, Benny Nalkara CMI, Provincials participated in the meeting.

Gathering of Australian Missionaries
An online meeting of the CMI fathers working in Australia was held on 25th August. After a short sharing from each father, Fr Vicar General initiated discussions. Fr Prior General appreciated them for the committed missionary activities they are doing in Australia.

Rev. Fr Joseph Pullanappillil CMI was felicitated in the meeting for his 25 years of selfless services in Australia.

Webinar: Chavara Cultural Centre, Delhi
Under the leadership of Fr. Roby Kannanchira CMI, Chavara Cultural Centre, Delhi commenced its activities with a webinar on the topic, “Celebrating Diversity: The Role of Religion in Promoting Peace and Harmony in the Society” on 25th August. The Webinar was inaugurated by His Grace Archbishop Felix Machado (Secretary General, CBCI) and presided over by Rev. Fr Thomas Chathamparampil CMI (Prior General). Rev. Fr Martin Mallathu, General Councillor for Education and Media and the representatives from different major religions also spoke in the Webinar.

Defence of the Doctoral Dissertation
Rev. Fr Jojo Parecattil successfully defended his PhD thesis on August 28 at Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bengaluru on the topic Tattvamasi: An Anthropological Inquiry into Tvam. Congratulations!
CMI Educators Conclave-2

On 29 August, in collaboration with Christ (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru, CMI General Department of Education and Media organized the CMI Educators Conclave-2 on the theme of “Challenges of School Administration during the Pandemic”. Rev. Fr Martin Mallathu CMI, welcomed the gathering and Rev. Fr Prior General delivered the benedictory address. Dr. Ashita Raveendran gave the key note address and Ms Manju Balasubramanyam and Fr Mathew Kareethra CMI also made the responses in the webinar.

Onam Celebration
Onam 2021 was celebrated with all the staff members of PG House on Friday, 20 August 2021. The celebration, which was arranged in the dining hall started with the message of Rev. Fr Prior General. Rev. Fr Prior General motivated all to see the future with hope and passion and invited all to create a society of equality and fraternity which was the highlight of the reign of Mahabali. The celebrations concluded by Onam Sadya and followed by various Onakkalikal.
Canonical Visitation of Rev. Fr Prior General

Despite the uncertainties of COVID-19, Rev. Fr Prior General started his canonical visitation in the Southern Provinces. He conducted his visitation in St Joseph’s Province, Trivandrum (02-04 August 2021), St Joseph’s Province, Kottayam (09-11 August 2021), Sacred Heart Province, Kochi (16-18 August 2021), Carmel Province, Muvattupuzha (22-24 August 2021), and Devamatha Province, Thrissur (30 August 2021 to 01 September 2021). The visitation also included personal conferences with Fr Prior General, superiors’ meet and GC-PC meeting.