Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Our lady of mount carmel is the title given to the bl. virgin mary in her role as the patroness of the Carmelite order. The Carmelites consider the Blessed Virgin Mary to be a perfect model of the interior life prayer and contemplation to which Carmelites aspire, as well as a model of virtue, in the person who was closest in life to Jesus Christ. She is seen as the one who points Christians most surely to Christ. As she says to the servants at the wedding at Cana, "Do whatever he [Jesus] tells you." Carmelites look to the Virgin Mary as a Spiritual Mother

CMC being part of Carmelite family, the sisters of St.Teresa’s school consider her as an inspiration and perfect model.


Saint Teresa of Avila

The CMC Sisters choose Saint Teresa of Avila as Patron for the School. Teresa of Avila was born in 1515 and she is an inspiring role model. Saint Teresa was an energetic, inquisitive child who was bright, attractive and fun. When Saint Teresa was 15 her mother died, leaving her devastated. Her strict father sent her to a convent, which she did not like initially. She thought long and hard trying to decide between religious life or marriage before choosing to become a Carmelite. In her adult life she suffered serious illness but this did not stop her from carrying out her life’s ambition. This was to reform the Carmelite Order to refocus on its original aim to lead a simple life of poverty devoted to prayer. She carried this out brilliantly, but it involved suffering and physical hardships of many kinds for the rest of her life.

Saint Teresa was a woman who achieved greatness at a time when women had few opportunities. Her outstanding contribution to the theological understandings of the Church was recognised in 1970 when she was named a Doctor of the Church. She was one of only three women at the time to have achieved such a distinction.

The most famous and most relevant of her teachings is that serenity and peace of mind come through acceptance of change, and belief and trust in God.

Teresa was an accomplished writer and we can learn many lessons from her writings of so long ago.

Let nothing trouble you.
Let nothing scare you.
All is fleeting.
God alone is unchanging.
Patience obtains everything.
Those who have God
Want for nothing.
God alone is enough.
Let nothing trouble you


ST. KURIAKOSE ELIAS CHAVARA

  • Mar Kuriaokose Elias Chavara of Mannanam was born on 10th feb 1805 at Kainakari (Alapuzha district) in Kerala – India.
  • He was a good social reformer who hailed from a Syrian Christian family.
  • He started the first catholic Sanskrit school.
  • He insisted on the importance of education and directed that every church should start a school attached to it and encouraged even poorer sections to attend the school by supplying midday meal and dress for them.
  • Believed strongly that intellectual development and education of women was the primary step towards overall social welfare.
  • Founded congregation of Mother of Carmel (CMC) the first religious congregation for women in 1866.
  • Established press industry media literature.
  • He founded a ‘Home of Charity’ to care of the destitute, the uncared, sick and the old.
  • Died on 3rd January 1871.
  • His priestly life laid strong ideals for the Christian community.
  • Saint Chavara was canonized on 23rd November 2014 in Rome by Pope Francis.


ST. EUPHRASIA ELAVTHINGAL CMC

  • Saint Euphrasia Eluvathingal was an Indian Carmelite nun of Syro Malabar church.
  • Born on 17th October 1877 in the ancient Catholic family of Eluvathingal Cherupukaran Anthony and Kunjethy in Kattur Village of Edathurthy Parish of Thrissur – Kerala.
  • She had to overcome many obstacles before she became the member of Carmelite congregation – founded by St Kuriakose Eias Chavara in 1866 at Koonammavu.
  • After a long life humility, poverty and holiness St Euphrasia passed away on 29th 1952 in St.Mary’s convent , Ollur, Thrissur.
  • Consistency in prayer raised her to the heights of sanctity .
  • Mother Euphrasia was canonized as saint by Pope Francis on 23rd November 2014 in Vatican City.