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  We, the CMIs, are very happy to welcome you to our communities and institutions of apostolate. Young men are cordially invited to join the congregation and become missionaries, committing themselves to God in prayer and discipleship, and to all people of God in love and service. ‘Associates of CMIs’ (ACMI) that are established attached to our houses and institutions are groups of men and women who partake of the CMI spirit and join with us in prayer and service.We lead a life of prayer and apostolic service; there are among us contemplatives who live in ashrams, retreat preachers, pastors and...         more>>
  The Congregation of Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI) is the first indigenous religious congregation in the Catholic Church of India. Fr. Thomas Palackal, Fr. Thomas Porukara and Fr. Kuriakose Chavara of the Syro-Malabar Church of apostolic origin, who felt that “a lot of good had not been done due to the absence of a Thapasu Bhavanam (House of Discipline) and a Darsana Veedu (House of Vision)”, had the challenging vision of providing spiritual leadership and fostering unity and growth in the Kerala Church.          more>>  
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Kuriakose (Cyriac) Chavara was born in 1805, of pious and devout Catholic parents of Syro-Malabar Church, at Kainakary, Kerala, India. After his early schooling in the native village and priestly studies under Fr. Thomas Palackal at Pallippuram, he was ordained priest in 1829.
In 1831, co-operating with Fr. Thomas Palackal and Fr. Thomas Porukara, he founded the first indigenous religious congregation for men, now known as the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI). It was after the death of his senior companions in the foundation that Fr. Kuriakose, together with the first members, made the religious profession in 1855. In religion he took the name, Kuriakose Elias of the Holy Family. Starting seven religious houses, including the first one at Mannanam.          more>>
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