When the Holy Spirit comes,you will be
filled with power and be witnesses for me to the ends of the earth.(Act1/8).
As Divine Providence ordained it., His Eminence Cardinal Tisarang visited the
Church in Kerala. He was very much impressed by the wonderful growth and
achievements of the Syro Malabar Church.So he sent an excellent report to Pope
Pius X11 about the Syro Malabar Church in Kerala and her vision and mission..As
a result, Pope Pius X11 extended the Archdiocese of Changanacherry beyond the
river Pamba in Kerala including Shenkottai and Kanyakumari,the southern most boundary of India. The New
extension of the Archdiocese Changanacherrys mission was promulgated by the
decree of the Oriental Congregation, Multorum Fidelium, dated April 29,1955.
People of the above TamilNadu Region
(Kanyakumari&Shenkottai) were rooted in primitive practices and
superstitions. Their cultural, economic and educational background were very
low and pathetic.Thus they were far behind in development and it was a must to
better their lot all round. At this point His Grace Mar.Mathew Kavukattu,the
Archbishop of Changanacherry sent priests to be pastors of the Syro Malabar
faithful who had already settled in different parts of the extended area.
onwards priests from the Congregation of Mary Immaculate (CMI) joined the Syro
Malabar mission work in Kanyakumari district. In1969 CMC sisters were invited
to Kanyakumari mission by the Regional superior, Very Rev.Fr.Probus CMI,of
Trivandrum Province. Thus the first CMC convent Prakash Bhavan was started on
June 24, 1969 at Kaliyal,Kanyakumari. At the
request of very Rev.Fr.Probus CMI,
Provincial Superior Mother Gonzaga, Changanacherry sent six sisters to
Kaliyal. Sr.Beninja was the superior of the first convent in
Kaliyal,Kanyakumari.Two sisters each regularly visited different mission
stations such as Ambady,Muzhucode,Nithravilai and prepared the people for Holy
Mass, confession and even for baptism of new comers to the Church.
establishment of this convent had the objectives of bringing up the local
people to Christian,moral and cultural values. Also, under the leadership of
Rev.Fr.Valerius CMI ,our sisters started education ministry- the instruction of
Women and Children who are generally marginalized.
Gods blessings, on April 28, 1995 the CMC Chavara Region Kanyakumari was
sanctioned and erected by the General council of Mount Carmel Generalate
Aluva,during the tenure of Mother Benecasia. Afterwards, under the
provincialship of Mother Sancta, the inauguration of Chavara Region,Kanyakumari
took place on July 8,1995. The First Regional superior of the Chavara Region,
Kanyakumari was Sr.Mary Joseph.
now we have seven convents in Kanyakumari district.and two in Shenkottai Taluk
and a residency for HIV patients at Asaripallam, Kanyakumari.Also there is a
mission house at Changanacherry, Kerala.Altogether,there are 50 members in the
region .All the sisters are engaged mainly an education ministry and pastoral
work. Five of our sisters are in the field of healing ministry and social work.
At present the region has one Higher
Secondary school, two Matriculation schools, and one special school for
differently abled. Besides these educational institutions, we have two girls
homes and a hostel for plus two students. ACare Centre for HIV patients at
On the whole, the Chavara Region can be said to have made a good start
.Still she has to look ahead to enriching herself spiritually and in physical
resources. The task now is to maintain the momentum and plan ahead for the
future.She may yet have to face new and challenging tasks. With Gods blessings
we should be able to meet them.
Address : Chavararegional House
10/36, Main Road
KK (DT) ,TamilNadu
Phone no :
Email : email@example.com
Superior : Sr.Vigi
Treasurer :Sr.Soona Rose
Secretary :Sr.Ann Maria