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

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News Update
12 June 2019

1. Smriti Sangamam, a gathering of the family members of the departed members of Nirmal Province was held on 26 May 2019 at Chavara Pilgrim Centre, St. Joseph’s Monastery, Mannanam. Rev. Fr. Josey Thamarassery, the Provincial was the main celebrant. There was a good participation of the dear ones of our departed members. Congratulations to Rev. Fr. Provincial and team for organizing Smriti Snagamam.
2. Chavara Kudumba Sangamam, gathering of all the family members of the Fathers of St. Paul’s Province, Bhopal was hled at Jerusalem Retreat Centre, Thalore on May 26, 2019. About 450 members participated. Congratulations to Rev. Fr. Provincial and Team for organizing such a get together.
3. Chavara cultural Centre and KCBC pro-life Ernakulam Zone have organized and celebrated the world family day on 15 May 2019. Rev. Fr. Sebastian Valiyathazhathu inaugurated the function and Rev. Fr. Varghese Vithayathil CMI, the vicar General delivered the presidential address. Congratulations to Rev. Fr. Roby Kannanchira and team for organizing the event.
4. The final profession of 47 scholastics was held in respective provinces on May 25, 2019. Congratulations and thanks to Rev. Fr. Rajesh Kavalackal who accompanied the scholastics in their preparation for the final profession.
5. CMI Constitution Retreat of Deva Matha Province, Thrissur was held at Jerusalem Retreat centre, Thalore from May 26 to 1 June, 2019. Rev. Fr. Antony Njallampuzha CMI was the main preacher of the retreat. Rev. Fr. Walter Thelappilly CMI, Rev. Fr. Davis Panackal CMI, Rev. Fr. Jain Thannickal CMI were the other preachers of the retreat.
6. CMI Constitution Retreat of Dharmaram College was held from May 26 to 1 June, 2019. Rev. Fr. Benny Tharakunnel CMI, Rev. Fr. Peter Kochalumkal CMI, Rev. Fr. Thomas Chathamparampil CMI, Rev. Fr. Kurian Kachapilly CMI, Rev. Fr. Paulson Muthupeedika CMI were the preachers of the retreat.
7. CMI Constitution Retreat of Carmel Vidya Bhavan, Pune was held from June 2-8, 2019. Rev. Fr. Thomas Kochumuttam CMI and Rev. Fr. Arun Chully CMI were the preachers of the retreat.
8. CMI Social apostolate departments in Kerala provinces distributed Educational kits with school bag and books in preparation for the new academic year.
9. Madhuram Ee Jeevitham, a film written and directed by Rev. Fr. Anil Philip Puthuparambil was selected for Dadasheb Phalke International Film Festival, New Delhi and Kala Samruddhi International Film Festival, Mumbai. Congratulations to Rev. Fr. Anil.
10. Quinquennial program for the junior priests was held at Chavara Hills from May 22-24, 2019. Rev. Fr. Jose Kuriedath CMI, Provincial Sacred Heart Province Kochi, Rev. Augustine Pamplany CST and Rev. Fr. Varghese Puthussery CMI gave input sessions during the program, followed by personal sharing.
11. Koinonia for the batches 2006-10 was held at Chavara Hills from May 26-28, 2019. Rev. Fr. Prior General gave the inaugural message. Rev. Fr. Thomas Thekkel, Provincial, St. Thomas Province, Kozhikode and Rev. Augustine Pamplany CST gave input on the theme, discernment in discipleship. The participants found the program very useful to reflect on their life and make the right discernment on their way ahead. Congratulations and gratitude to Rev. Fr. Joshy Cheruparambil, General Formation Coordinator, Rev. Fr. Prefect and other members of Chavara Hills for effectively organizing the program.
12. The annual get together of Kerala Conference of Major Superiors (KCMS) was held at Aluva from June 3-4, 2019. Rev. Fr. Prior General and Rev. Provincials or Vicar Provincials from all CMI Kerala Provinces attended the meeting.
13. The academic year commenced in DVK on June 3 with the holy mass by His Excellency Mar Antony Kariyil, Bishop of Mandya and the inaugural ceremony. Rev Fr. Jose Kizhakkekuttu CMI, the registrar welcomed the gathering and Rev. Fr. Kurian Kachappilly, President, DVK, gave the inaugural address.
14. DVK Staff Enhancement Program was held in Christ (Deemed to be University) Campus in Kengery from June 9 to 11, 2019. Rev.Fr. Prior General gave the inaugural message. Rev. Fr. Thomas C Mathew, Rev. Fr. President – DVK, Deans and Directors and other office bearers made the presentations followed by discussions and decisions to enhance the academic excellence of DVK. Rev. Fr. Rector, Dharmaram College and Rev. Fr. Devasiachan Mukalel led the holy Eucharistic celebration and gave inspiring homilies and Rev. Fr. Anto Amarnad, Rev. Fr. Bijosh and Rev. Fr Raphy Kadavi led the holy hour. Congratulations to the President and DVK family for effectively organizing the program.
15. German Delegation Conference was held from June 2 to 5, 2019 at Katholische Akademie Staplefeld. Rev. Fr. Varghese Vithayathil, Vicar General presided over the meeting. About 112 Fathers from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Netherland participated in the conference. His Grace Aux, Bp. Dr. Stefan Zekorn from Münster diocese was the chief guest and addressed the community on challenges of German church today and the way to live the Faith alive. Rev. Fr. Joseph Vellappanat was elected as the delegate councilor from the central region to the German Delegation Council in the place of Rev. Fr. Sebastian Elavathingal who returned to India after pastoral service. Congratulations to Rev. Fr. Geogekutty Kuttiani, delegate superior and delegate council for having organized the gathering effectively.
16. Zonal Gatherings of North American delegation will be held in Brooklyn, Manroe, Sacramento, Nashville, Jacksonville, Chicago and Canada for the 7 zones in US and Canada. from 10 June- 8 July 2019. Rev. Fr. Sebastian Thekkedathu and Rev. Fr. Antony Elamthottam, the general councilors will attend all the sessions along with the Delegate Superior.
17. Congratulations and best wishes to Rev. Fr. Julius Arackal who has been selected and appointed as the Secretary to the Health Commission of CBCI.
18. Congratulations and best wishes to Rev. Fr. Paul Poovathingal CMI who received J. C. Daniel( Father of Malayalam Cinema) Kalashreshta Award 2019 from on 10-6-2019 at Kerala Sahitya Academy Hall, Thrissur.
19. The new Academic year of Darsana, Wardha took off with the arrival of 26 first year students on June 10. Prior to their their coming to Darsana, they had a 5 weeks long Intensive Language Course in Hindi and English at Poornodaya, Bhopal. Disregarding the intense summer heat of up to 47 celsius, the newcomers are wholeheartedly into the week-long orientation programme. The formal opening of the academic year is scheduled for 17 June. The total strength of Darsana this year will be 61, with 53 brothers and 8 Fathers. Fr. Blessen Pettickal of Devamatha Province has joined Darsana. Darsana will also have 34 Claretian brothers as day scholars for philosophy and around 30 Atmadarsan students for the spirituality programme. The newly built staff block in Darsana was blessed on June 11.
20. The orientation programme and the staff live-together at Samanvaya leading up to the inauguration of the academic year will be held at Jagdalpur between 10-15 June, 2019. The week-long programme was taken by the 7 first year theology students and the members of the staff from all the Regional Centres of Samanvaya. Rev. Fr. Benny Thettayil CMI, Dean of Studies, led the programme in which input sessions were given by Rev. Fr. John Eattanial CMI, Rev. Fr. Jose Chittooparampil CMI, Rev. Fr. Naiju Kalambukatt CMI and Rev. Fr. Benny Thettayil CMI. The inauguration of the academic year will be on 12 June, 2019. Bp. Joseph Kollamparampil of Jagdalpur diocese will preside over the Holy Eucharist and the lectio brevis will be delivered by Fr. Josey Thamarassery, Provincial, Nirmal Province, Jagdalpur. The week-long programme included a course on the people, land and the culture of the tribals of Bastar given by the Bishop.
CMI Constitution Retreats
? Sacred Heart Province, Kochi: from July 7-13, 2019.
? Preshitha Province, Coimbatore: from July 21-27 , 2019, from July 27-August 02, 2019.
? CSR Pariyaram: from July 9-15, and December 1-7. As there are only very few seats left, the 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.
? A Seminar on Theological Writings on St. Chavara will be held at Chavara Hills from June 29-30.
? The Third death anniversary of Late Rev. Fr. George Thanchan CMI will be commemorated at Chavara Hills at 10.30 am on July 4, 2010 with the Holy Requiem Mass, special prayers and sharing the memories.
? Novice masters meet will be held at Chavara Hills from July 6-8, 2019
? Conference of CMI professional psychologists will be held at Chavara Hills on July 16-17, 2019.
? In service training for the Aspirants’ Rectors/Vocation Promoters will be held at Chavara Hills from July 20-22.
? 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 28-30 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.
? CMI Mission Conference: Friday, 27 September 2019 – Tuesday, 1 October 2019.
† Let’s Remember the Departed Souls
? Rev. Fr. Werner Chakkalakal CMI (90) (St. Paul Province, Bhopal) was called to eternal reward on 01 June 2019. He was a great CMI religious who was a committed and erudite scholar in the fields of Philosophy and sociology. He has made enormous contributions in the realm of social work and commitment for the poor. Even at the fag end of his life, he was eager to undertake projects for the wellbeing of the people at large. His great passion and mission was to promote the Christian faith and the gospel values and the life of Jesus to the forefront. His Funeral was on Tuesday, 04 June 2019 at 02.30 pm at Sagar Bhavan, Thrissur.
? Rev. Fr. Thomas Ernest Palathra CMI (83) (St. Joseph Province, Thiruvanthapuram) was called to eternal reward on 3 June 2019. He began his apostolate as a teacher at St. Vincent School, Pala. He was a committed and zealous missionary who served the people of God at Ambikapur and Jagdalpur. Later on he became a successful Charismatic Retreat preacher, who preached retreats almost all over North India. His funeral was held on Wednesday, 05 June 2019 at 2.30 pm at Sacred Heart Church, Chethipuzha.
? Mr. Jose Joseph Vadaparampil (75) beloved younger brother of Rev. Fr.Thomas Vadaparampil CMI (Nirmal Province, Jagdalpur) was called to eternal reward on 23 May 2019. The funeral was on Saturday, 25 May 2019 at 3.00 pm at Cathedral Church Changanassery.
? Mr. Varkey Mathew (Appachan) Kallampally(82) Beloved Father of Rev. Fr. Joseph Kallampally(Chavara Vice - Province, Bhavanagar) was called to eternal rest on 28 May 2019. His funeral was on wednesday, 29 May 2019 at 03.30 pm at St.Antony's Church, Anakkal, Kanjirappally.
? Mrs. Elsy Manuel (60), beloved sister of Rev. Fr. Baby Thazhathedath CMI (St. Paul's Province, Mysore) was called to eternal reward on 04 June 2019. Funeral was held on 05 June 2019 at 2 pm at St. Sebastian's Church, Arikuzha, near Vazhakkulam.
? Mrs. Mariamma Bobby (62) beloved sister of Rev. Fr. James Panackal CMI (Nirmal Province, Jagdalpur) was called to eternal reward on June 8 2019. Her funeral was on Wednesday, 12 June 2019, at 2 pm at St.Antony's Church, Meenachil.