History of the Pioneering Convents - The Congregation of The Carmelite Religious

History of the Pioneering Convents

History of the Convents at Quilon, Trivandrum and Tangasseri

Truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.

(Jn. 12:24)

All the trials, obstacles and vicissitudes faced by Mother Veronica's little Apostolic Carmel, served only to strengthen its spirit. Far from dying out it gave birth to a branch that would flourish and thrive in another Diocese, another State, where, having taken firm root, during the next ten years it brought forth three sturdy shoots, each of which blossomed in time. The first in 1875, sprang up at Quilon like " a lily among thorns, a graceful lily to adorn the altar of St. Joseph. Five years later in 1880, pansies appeared in Trivandrum to inspire celestial thoughts, which the Holy Angels would waft to heaven. 1885 saw the blooming of a fragrant rose to bring to Tangasseri the love of our Blessed Lady, Queen, Splendour of Carmel.

In 1907 His Lordship Rt. Rev. Dr. Aloysius Marie Benziger OCD, took a decision of great importance. He amalgamated the three Convents of St. Joseph’s, Quilon, Holy Angels’ Convent, Trivandrum and Mount Carmel Convent, Tangasseri and framed the Constitutions. Strictly speaking our history as a Congregation commences with the amalgamation of these three Convents. In 1908 he convened a General Chapter of the Senior-most members of the three above mentioned Convents. Mother Mary Michael of the Redemption was elected the first Mother General of the Congregation, and she was at the helm from 1908-1926.