Manjummel Province


Manjummel Province is the biggest Province in the Order of Disclaced Carmelites. It is a missionary Province with a vision ahead in spreading the gospel of Christ in the spirit of Carmel far and wide of the planet.

St. Pius X Manjummel Province of Discalced Carmelites has a century and a half history of its own. Its origin goes back to 1857, when Fr. Francis Kuruppachery with two of his companions began a community at Koonammavu, sanctioned by the Vicar Apostolic of Verapoly, Rt. Rev. Dr. Bernardine Baccinelli. This independent and indigenous Carmelite Religious Congregation, known as the Tertiaries of the Discalced Carmelite Order (TOCD), was a modest spiritual movement of the Latin Catholics of Malabar. Later a community was formed at Manjummel, where a Monastery dedicated to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception was built, in a period of eight years, by Rt. Rev. Dr. Leonardo Mellano, the Archbishop of Verapoly.

The emergence of the monastery at Manjummel began to attract more and more families. They came to settle themselves down around the monastery. To meet the growing needs of these people, a church was built in 1892, and later in 1911 it was made into a Parish.

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