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.
Vision & Mission
Carmelite life is Christian life. Hence, it is a life of constant conversion as we strive to live in allegiance to and discipleship of Jesus Christ. In this endeavor, the Blessed Virgin Mary is our model and companion. Like her, our call is to a 'hidden union with God' for the sake of the Church and the world.
In keeping with our Marian spirit, the primary mission of Carmel is prayer and contemplation, understood as loving friendship with God. This relationship of intimacy with God, mediated and fostered by Jesus Christ, is the raison d'etre of Carmel.
Although prayer and contemplation is at the very heart of Carmel, they are not separated from nor do they exclude the apostolate. On the contrary, it is our prayer and contemplation that impel us to and are the fruitful source of our apostolate. Therefore, it is from a close union with God in Jesus Christ that Carmelite mission originates.
The mission of Carmel then is a blend of both contemplation and the apostolate. This blend, however, is variously expressed by the three branches of the Order. Whereas for the Nuns the apostolate is purely contemplative, the Friars and Seculars participate in manifold ways in the works of the Church.
Carmelite mission is in the service of the Church and of all humankind. In keeping with the charism and inspiration of St. Teresa, Carmelite prayer and contemplation are ardently apostolic and ecclesial. They are graces for the Church in her service to the world. Carmelite prayer and contemplation are directed to the support, welfare, and apostolic fruitfulness of all those engaged in the work of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.
St. Teresa of Jesus was a woman of total commitment and desire for God. She founded Carmel so that God would be more fully known, loved and generously served. If you have had the happy opportunity to come to know her, then you would recognize that her message is not a gentle one, nor a comfortable one. It is, rather, one that challenges us to life through the earthy realism of selfless giving in imitation of Jesus who emptied Himself out of love for us. She wrote, "Do not be frightened to begin the journey; the time will come when you will understand how trifling everything is next to such a precious reward." (Way of Perfection)
St. Teresa founded Carmel as a contemplative Order and centers our entire day on prayer. Still, she teaches that to close oneself up in the serenity of prayer was not enough. She wrote: "The Lord wants deeds... He wants good works! Such is true union with Christ!" (cf Interior Castle)
She made a vow in her life to do the most perfect thing always. Such was her burning desire to love God with all her heart, mind and soul and to surrender her life into his hands for the good of the Church and for the salvation of souls.