Mother Mary Veronica
Foundress Congregation of Carmelite Religious - CCR
The Congregation of Carmelite Religious - CCR is a carmelite religious institute devoted primarily to the Catholic education of girls and young women. It was founded by Mother Mary Veronica in 1868 at Bayonee, France. True to its founding ideals, the congregation provides a Catholic value-based education to students of all castes and creeds with special attention to the marginalised. Besides running educational institutions at all levels in India and abroad. the Sisters also engage themselves in pastoral work. The vision is to reach out to young women in all sections of society in the spirit of our Foundress to effect intellectual growth, social transformation, empowerment and in doing so, build up the individual, society and the nation. The mission is to reach out to all God's children especially girls, women and the marginalised and strive to produce intellectually competent, morally upright, socially committed and spiritually inspired persons, to act as leavens in society and create a new world order of love and brotherhood
Our Pioneers & Leaders
Mother Mary Elias (1839-1933)
Teresa Devine / Mother Mary Elias was one of the first postulants to enter the novitiate of St. Joseph at Bayonne. She was an excellent subject who was grounded well in her vocation by Mother Veronica. She made her profession on June 10, 1870 and was sent to the Indian Mission at Mangalore.
As Mother Elias left the novitiate, little did she imagine that one day along with Sr. Marie des Agnes, she would spearhead the congregation that Mother Veronica had established, and raise it to great heights. When the Mangalore diocese changed hands with the Jesuit Fathers, Mother Elias opted to work under the Carmelite missionaries of Quilon. Permission was granted and Mother came to Trivandrum and established the Holy Angels’ Convent.
From then on, despite difficulties and straitened circumstances it was a big success story. The convent proved to be a boon, both to the church and the people of Trivandrum-- accolades for the school, cent percent success in the exams, recognition for the Matriculation Exam (1885), establishment of the Normal School (1894), ranks for students, High School raised to a Second Grade College affiliated to the Madras university (1899) and finally praise from the Maharaja of Travancore who sanctioned Rs 100 as annual grant.
On the mission front, Mother’s sympathy for the destitute and the poor resulted in the empowerment of girls. Girls were taught to earn their livelihood. They were married off to respectable Christian men and their families were baptized. From Trivandrum, Mother moved to Australia to teach in the college of our Lady of Mercy at Bunbury, where she continued her missionary work. Later in 1917 she volunteered to render help to the Sisters of Abbot Catalan in St Josephs Orphanage for Aborigines where she worked selflessly till the very end. At the age of 94, after having rendered “great service to the congregation” as OCD Prior General Very Rev. FR. Dominic had prophesied, Mother Elias went to her heavenly abode. For sixty five years this “Irish lady”, as Mother Veronica fondly used to call her, had carried out the work of the Almighty and she was buried in a far away land in her brown Carmelite habit.
Mother Mary Michael of the Redemption (1860-1926)
Rev. Mother Mary Frances (1996-2011)
Mother Frances focused on development and renewal. She initiated the sisters to update their knowledge in Theology, Biblical studies, academics and other professional courses.
Her approach to renewal was to instill a deep Carmelite spirituality through overhauling Formation by love for the interior life even while engaged in active apostolate. Her simple charming humble and humane personality won a place in the hearts of all who interacted with her. Her love for flowers was phenomenal and she completely changed the landscape of All Saints’ College during her time as Principal. A seasoned orator she could hold an audience spellbound as she spoke.
Rev. Mother M. Elma