Who We Are

A community of Carmelite Cloistered Sisters in the Catholic Archdiocese of Ernakulum-Angamaly, we belong to the world-wide Discalced Carmelite Order, Called to follow Christ in intimate friendship and love; ours is a contemplative life of prayer at the service of the Church. It is the first Carmelite Monastery in the Syro-Malabar Church.

History of Carmel Malayattoor

Carmelite Monastery of Our Lady of Mount Carmel established in the Archdiocese of Ernakulam- Angamaly, is the realization of a long cherished desire of many Friars and Nuns originally belonging to the Syro Malabar Church in order to enrich that Church with Teresian Charism and to be enriched by the ancient tradition of that Eastern Church. We have to acknowledge the earnest interest took by His Eminence (Mar) Varkey Vithayathil, the Major Archbishop of Syro Malabar Church, in the realization of this dream. To comply with his insistent request Very Rev. Fr. Luis Arostogui Gamboa, the General of the order, set a circular to all the Caramels in India inviting volunteers of Syro Malabar origin to form the nucleus of the proposed new Carmel. Six Solemn Professed and two Simple Professed sisters from the following Caramels- Eramalloor, Mangalore, Mysore, Orissa, Thiruvalla, and Trivandrum- came forward. It began on Experimental basis in a rented house at Vennala in Ernakulum on 16th July 2008. Thanks to His Eminence, a place was allotted for the permanent foundation at Malayattoor, international pilgrimage centre of St Thomas, the Apostle. The new house was blessed by His Eminence on 21st Feb. 2009. The canonical erection took place under the jurisdiction of the Archbishop and the enclosure was established on 16th July 2010 followed by the election of the first Prioress.

The chapel was built and blessed by His Eminence (Mar) George Alenchery, the Major Archbishop of Syro Malabar Church on 3rd Nov. 2012. The cemetery also completed in Dec. 2013. Soon after that a hermitage was constituted and completed in 2014. Along with that a grotto of Our Lady of Mount Carmel was built on the top of the rock.

At present there are 12 Solemn Professed nuns, 3 Simple Professed, 2 novices, 1 Postulant and 5 candidates; and some are asking for "come and see."

We experience in everything and everywhere the providence and special care of the Lord. May His name be glorified.

Timeline: At a Glance