Africa - Region

Chavara  Regional House 

Chavara Regional House, Kurasini is really a dream come true. CMC missionaries in Africa felt very badly the need of a house near the city since Vikindu, where the novitiate house is situated is 40 Kms away from the city. All the government, ecclesiastical and educational offices are in the city. For airport, railway station and main bus stand, we should come all the way to Dar Es Salaam. Shopping, post office, checking e- mails and fax, for treatments and for every little thing sisters should travel upto city from Vikindu and that too with a minimum transportation facility. After a long time of prayer and discussion, it was decided to buy a plot of land with a building and the present regional house is the effort of this attempt . The house owner handed over the key on 26- 02-2006 and in an informal programme, the small house which is going to be the power house of CMC African mission, was inaugurated by the then parish Priest. On 15th August 2008, when CMC African mission was officially declared as the CMC Chavara Region, this small cottage also was raised to the status of Regional house.Chavara Regional House, Kurasini is really a dream come true.   CMC missionaries in Africa felt very badly the need of a house near the city since Vikindu, where the novitiate house is situated is 40 Kms away from the city. All the government, ecclesiastical and educational offices are in the city. For airport, railway station and main bus stand, we should come all the way to Dar Es Salaam. Shopping, post office, checking e- mails and fax, for treatments and for every little thing sisters should travel upto city from Vikindu and that too with a minimum transportation facility. After a long time of prayer and discussion, it was decided to buy a plot of land with a building and the present regional house is the effort of this attempt . The house owner handed over the key on 26- 02-2006 and in an informal programme, the small house which is going to be the power house of CMC African mission, was inaugurated by the then parish Priest. On 15th August 2008, when CMC African mission was officially declared as the CMC Chavara Region, this small cottage also was raised to the status of Regional house.CMC in the Fertile Land of Africa Africa, the second largest of Earths seven continents, cover 23 percent of the worlds total land area and contain 13 percent of the worlds population. Africa straddles the equator and most of its area lies within the tropics. It is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the west, the Indian Ocean and Red Sea on the east, and the Mediterranean Sea on the north. In the northeastern corner of the continent, Africa is connected with Asia by the Sinai Peninsula. Africa is a land of great diversity that one would pass through lush, green forests and wander vast, grassy plains. One would cross barren deserts, climb tall mountains, and ford some of the mightiest rivers on Earth. You would meet diverse people with a wide range of cultures and backgrounds and hear hundreds of different languages. You would pass through small villages where daily life remains largely the same as it has been for hundreds of years, as well as sprawling cities with skyscrapers, modern economies, and a mix of international cultural influences.

Africa is the birthplace of the human race. It is believed that here, early humans evolved from apes between 8 million and 5 million years ago. Modern human beings evolved between 130,000 and 90,000 years ago, and subsequently spread out of Africa. Ancient Egypt, one of the worlds first great civilizations, arose in northeastern Africa more than 5,000 years ago. Over time many other cultures and states rose and fell in Africa, and by 500 years ago there were prosperous cities, markets, and centers of learning scattered across the continent.

Responding to the clarion call of the Lord to go the ends of the world, to preach the Good News and partaking in the missionary character of the Holy Catholic Church, CMC set her foot on the soil of Africa. God almighty opened the wide doors of Africa, for CMC in 1977 through the instrumentality of the ArchBishop Mark Mihayo, the then Bishop of Thabora Archdiocese, in Tanzania. In the beginning, African mission was under the administration of the Superior General. But taking into consideration the difficulties to have access to all the houses in Africa and aiming at the progress of this Mission, the General Synaxis of 1986 decided to hand over the houses to the Provinces. In 1980s the idea of moving to Africa for starting mission stations evolved through the General Synaxis. It resulted from the thinking that we should utilize our human resources and extend our services not only to the developed countries but also to the developing countries. Hence most of the CMC Provinces were encouraged to start convents in different countries of the African continent. Till 2008 CMC African Mission continued to be individual units, as in the infancy of the Congregation. The General Synaxis of 2007 decided to raise CMC African Mission to the status of a region, uniting all the houses under one Umbrella. Thus CMC Chavara African Region came into existence officially on 15th August 2008 in the continent of Africa.

LANDMARKS

01-04-1977CMCs entry into the soil of Africa
19-04-1977The first CMC convent is blessed and inaugurated in the diocese of Tabora, Tanzania for the sisters rendering their service in the Itaga Minor Seminary
07-07-1980CMC ventured into the soil of Somalia
1982Started a house at Wau, South Sudan
21-12-1983Another shoot for CMC in Tanzania - Carmel Convent Kattubukk
1985A new community in Khartoum to serve in the Nuntiature
1985Another CMC community is started in Somalia
1986The CMC communities which were under the Generalate is given to the Provinces as per the General Synaxis decision
1988A house opened at Sierra Leone
1988CMC withdrew from Somalia due to civil war.
16-12-1991Angamaly province opened a house in the Republic of Central Africa.
1991Return of CMC from Sierra Leone due to civil war
25 -09-1997CMC started her mission in South Africa
16-10-1997CMC Congregation and the Trust got registered in Tanzania
02-02-1998Street Children Programme started at Kattubukka
1998CMC withdrew from the Nunciature, Khartoum, Sudan
13-02-1999Blessing of CMCs first school in Kigoma
08-09-1999Formation for the local vocations started in Kigoma
17-05-2000Kothamangalam province opened a house in Musoma.
17-11-2000CMCs of Irinjalakuda Province landed in Dar es salaam to work with The Montfort Brothers in their school in Vituka, Tanzania
06-10-2001The formation house is transferred to Vikindu, Dar es salaam from Kigoma and the foundation stone was laid for the formation house.
12-10-2001Palakkad Province opened a house in Lilongwe, Malawi 01-10-2002 Blessing of the newly built Formation House at Vikindu
06-06-2003Another house opened in the Parish of Kalakla , Khartoum to facilitate pastoral Activities
13-02-2005Vestition and First Profession of the First batch of African CMC sisters
25-02-2005Blessing of Carmel Convent , Musoma
01 -09-2005Blessing of Carmel Convent , Morogoro
17-12-2005Starting of Carmel Convent, Ujiji
16-01- 2006CMC Sisters of Irinjalakuda ended their service in Vituka and started a house of their own in Vikindu, Tanzania
16-01- 2006Inauguration of Mount Carmel Secondary School, Ujiji
18-01-2006Sisters of Kanjirappilly province opened a house in Dedza,
31-05-2006Official blessing of Mount Carmel Convent, Dedza, Malawi
31-05-2006Blessing of the new building of DEIR CARMEL, Kalakla , Khartoum, in Sudan
13-07-2006Official inauguration of Carmel Convent, Ujiji
24-03-2007Vestition and First Profession of the second batch of African CMC sisters
15-08-2008Official inauguration of CHAVARA CMC AFRICAN REGION
2611-2008The first CMC presence is opened in Kenya as we started to work in the CMI Christ Primary School, Makutano.
2009, June 11Vestition and First Profession of the Third batch of African CMC sisters.
10-07-2010Re entry into the cradle- CMC started teaching in Ittaga Seminary, Inauguration of Infant Jesus Convent, Tabora.
10-12-2011Vestition and First Profession of the Fourth batch of African CMC sisters.


Sl. NoCountryDioceseNo. of houses
1.TanzaniaDar es salaam3
Kigoma1
Morogoro2
Musoma1
Tabora1
2.MalawiDedza1
Lilongwe1
3.N.SudanKhartoum2
4.South AfricaTzaneen2
5.Republic of Central AfricaBouar1
6.KenyaMuranga1
  TOTAL16


Sl. NoInstitutionNumber
1.Nursery Schools3
2.Primary Schools3
3.Secondary Schools1
4.School for the mentally Challenged Children1
5.Boarding2
6.Computer Center1
 Tailoring School2
 Sweater Knitting Center1
 TOTAL14

 FIELDS OF APOSTOLATE

CMC African mission comprises a vast area, spreading into 6 countries of the continent Tanzania, Sudan, South Africa, Republic of Central Africa, Malawi and Kenya. Eventhough CMC gave her presence in the countries like Somalia, Sierra Leone and South Sudan for short time, she had to turn back due to unfavourable political situations and other reasons. CMC landed into each country, responding to the needs of the time and place, revealed by God the Almighty, through the instrumentality of many persons. A short glimpse into the history of the convents will give us a detailed information about the various activities undertaken by each house. 

Sisters opened a vocational training centre for Sewing-affiliated to the government and a Sweater knitting Centre in the same campus. Since the house is situated near the immigration office, it is a source of consolation for many foreign missionary priests and sisters to get their work done . Sisters are also cooperating with the parish church in the activities of the church and visit the families to help them in their needs.

THE POWER HOUSE

The power house of CMC African Mission has her story to tell, which is as old and as new as the Great Jubilee Year . As this Mission was slowly but steadily gaining momentum, it dawned in the minds of our sisters, especially late Mother Prima, the then Superior General of our congregation that no nation can depend on foreign missionaries for good, and the surest way to solve the problem was to start a branch of CMC here, by recruiting local candidates who have a call to religious life. But to see the sprouting of this vision we had to wait for another decade. It was through Bishop Paul Ruzoka, who became the bishop of Kigoma diocese, that God gave the invitation to start the formation house in Kigoma. So the General Council , discerning the will of God, got necessary permission from the Oriental Congregation for Religious and entrusted the work to CMC Nirmala Province, Trichur. Five candidates were selected after much prayer and discernment and brought to Kigoma. Since no house was built for their use, the already existing staff quarters was arranged for their stay. Thus on 8th Sept 1999, the first group of the daughters of this land started the first phase of their CMC formation . On 8th July 2000, 4 of them entered into aspirancy. But later on it was decided to shift this formation house to Dar es salaam and the location chosen was Vikindu. On 6th Oct.2001, the foundation stone was laid for the formation house in the newly purchased land. The good Lord was gracious enough to complete the work within an year and the house was blessed on 1st Oct.2002. During these past years, Carmel Novitiate House, Vikindu has formed many daughters of this gracious land in the charism and life style of CMC. Srs. Vineetha, Marcelina, Sijo, Flowery, Josmy, Regina, Vandhana and Prasanna spend their time and energy in the field of formation during these years.The first batch of 3 African CMC Sisters consecrated their life for the service of the Lord on 13th Feb. 2005. Following their model another 9 African missionaries are born for CMC on 24-03-07 , 11-06-2009 and 10-12-2011 ( 3 in each batch ). Out of them 6 attended the theology course in Jnanodaya , Bangalore, India and made their final profession. At present there are 2 postulants, 4 aspirants and 5 candidates . May the good Lord be glorified in this soil of Africa through the life of these CMC Missionaries.


WAITING FOR THE LORD THE 3RD BATCH OF AFRICAN CMC DAUGHTERS



WITH HEARTS FULL OF THANKS THE 3RD BATCH AFTER THEIR VESTITION

CARMEL CONVENT, KATTUBUKKA, KIGOMA

On an invitation from Bishop Alphonce Nsabi of Kigoma, 4 CMC sisters, Sr. Leonie, Sr. Germain, Sr. Janita and Sr. Pushpalatha landed in Kigoma airport on 21st Dec. 1983 to work in the seminary and in the hospital. On 11th January1984 Sisters Leoni and Germain started to render their service in Mawani regional hospital and from 21st Jan. 1984 Sr. Janita and Sr. Pushpalatha started their service in the seminary. This house was entrusted to Nirmala Province, Thrissur in 1986. On 1st May 1991 the parish opened a kindergarten English medium and we were given the charge of it.


Sr. Chrispus who was working in the hospital since14th Nov 1993 started a programme for the street children on 2nd Feb. 1998. Many children who were wandering in the markets and other such places could benefit from this, for their food, shelter and other needs. On 13th February 1999, Carmel Convent Primary School, Kattubukka is blessed by Rt. Rev. Bishop Paul Ruzoka, the then Bishop of Kigoma. The religious formation for African CMC Missionaries is started in 1999 in the vicinity of this school. Carmel convent also could host the vestition ceremony of the first African CMC sisters on 13th Feb. 2005. Also sisters were engaged in arranging programmes for the refugees in the camps and women welfare programme in collaboration with the parish. Sisters are engaged in all the parish activities cooperating wholeheartedly with the church. The convent celebrated its silver jubilee on 21st Dec.2008.



WITH THE POOR CHILDREN OF GOD



CARMEL CONVENT, MUSOMA

In the year 1998, Bishop Justin Samba, the late bishop of Musoma invited the CMC sisters to teach in the secondary school at Mwembeni, run by the Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel. Since CMC Kothamangalam Province had no convents in Africa, this proposal was entrusted to them by the General Council. The pioneers, Sr. Mercitta, Sr. Angel Mary and Sr. Elize reached Musoma on 17th May 2000. Sisters render their service in the Secondary school, in the nursery school of the parish and collaborate in all the parish and pastoral activities. On 16th April 2004, the foundation stone was laid for the convent and it could be blessed on 25th Feb. 2005 by His Excellency, Rt. Rev. Bishop Justin Samba. Through family visits and other such activities CMC daughters keep a good place in the heart of the people of the locality.

CARMEL CONVENT, UJIJI

Carmel Convent was started on December 17th , 2005 at the priests quarters, Ujiji at the continuous request of Rt. Rev. Dr. Paul Ruzoka, the then bishop of Kigoma. But the official opening of the convent was done on 13-07-2006. This Carmel bud started to sprout and grow in the fertile soil along the bank of of lake Tanganyika with Sr. Sudheera ( Superior ) , Sr. Vineetha, Sr. Jyothi and Sr. Greena as the pioneer members. CMC sisters started rendering their service in the Ujiji seminary in 1983. But later this seminary was shifted to Haramboga for better convenience. Since the seminary campus was left vacant, the bishop was continuously requesting the Mother Provincial of Nirmala Province to open a secondary school for girls in that campus. For long time we could not give a green signal realizing the various hardships and challenges. But gradually discerning the will of God, manifested through the bishop and realizing our great responsibility to help the girls to grow in moral and Christian values as it is handed over to us by the founding fathers, we decided to take up the herculean task, trusting in the divine Providence.


On 16th January 2006 , Mount Carmel Secondary School for Girls is inaugurated in the old St. Josephs Seminary building. Today it is a boarding cum day school with nearly 250 girls in the boarding. As there is no source of water available, the boarders have to go lake Tanganyka for washing and bathing. Inspite of the struggles and hardships, we try to impart good education and moral guidance to the marginalized girl children and to empower them to cope up with the standards of the time and society.

CARMEL CONVENT, MOROGORO

God arranges everything for his chosen ones. He fulfills His plans in a mysterious way. To fulfill Gods plan regarding CMC in Morogoro, we had to pass through two different phases. At the frequent request of the Provincial Superior of the East African province of the missionaries of St. Francis de Sales, the then Provincial Superior of CMC Pala province sent three sisters to work in their seminary on 30th Dec.1997. The torch bearers in Morogoro were Sr.Rose Ann,Sr. Pradeepa and Sr. Teresin. On 13th Feb.1998 Lisiux Carmel Convent Morogoro was blessed by the then M.S.F.S. Provincial Superior. Sisters rendered relentless service, cooperating with the fathers in forming future missionaries of Christ. After completing their service for 10 years, we withdrew from the seminary on 16-11- 2007. But meanwhile we bought a plot of land in Kihonda Kilimanjaro in 1999. The foundation stone for the new Carmel convent was laid by Rev. Fr. Cyriac Kanichai CMI in 2003. The house was officially blessed on 1st September 2005 by His Excellency Bp. Telesphor Mkude, the bishop of Morogoro. Man proposes, but God disposes. God knows the best time for us. We planned to open the school on 13th Feb. 2006, but a group of bandits attacked the sisters at night and hence we have to change our plan. The school was opened on 27 / 02/ 2006 with 3 children, the classroom being the convent veranda. But God provides. He made a good building for the kindergarten within a period of one year. The official blessing of the building was done in January 2007. God continued to bless our efforts. The foundation stone for the main school building was laid on 11th Aug.2008 the work could be accomplished within another one year. The school was blessed by the Apostolic Nuncio to Tanzania, His Grace Arch Bishop Joseph Chennoth and inaugurated by the bishop of Morogoro, His Excellency, Bp.Telesphor Mkude in 2009.Along with the activities of the flourishing school, sisters are engaged in house visiting and coaching the drop outs to help them study in regular school.

CARMEL CONVENT, VIKINDU, Dar Es Salaam

The first challenging entrance of the daughters of CMC Udaya Province, Irinjalakuda, to this great continent Africa - was in the year 1980. The zealous missionaries flew towards Somalia, an African country along the east coast of Africa,mainly inhabited by Muslims.The then bishop invited our sisters to take charge of a medical college. We were given the charge of the surgical ward, medical ward, operation theatre and the pharmacy. The presence of our sisters working there was a great blessing for the people there, where the medical facility was only namesake. CMCs served there for ten years and suddenly internal conflict broke out in the country in December 1990. The foreigners were forced to leave the country due to civil unrest. The bishop was shot dead in the courtyard of the Bishops house. The divine Providence protected our sisters and carried them on his wings and brought them back home safely on 22nd January 1991. Yet their hearts were longing deeply to come back and serve even in the midst of the terrifying conditions. But they had to wait for another ten years to fulfill their dream. The District Superior of the Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel, Rev. Br. Jose Varghese, invited us to teach in their newly started primary school and to take care of the Tailoring Centre at the Technical institute in the great Jubilee year , 2000, on a three year contract. We rendered our selfless service there for three years. But at the end of the contract period, we withdrew our service from there. Yet the Divine Providence never fail in fulfilling His designs. Within a short time another door was opened by the Lord. It was the time when CMC as a whole was trying to implant CMC charism in the soil of Africa. Understanding the great need to join in the missionary zeal of CMC, Udaya Province again took up the challenge to start a community and an apostolic centre at Vikindu, in the Archdiocese of Dar es salaam, Tanzania, East Africa. With the tireless effort of Sr. Brice the foundation stone was laid on 25-05-2004. Sr. Latha and Sr. Margaret worked hand in hand with Sr. Brice to nurture and nurish this new born baby. Trust in the Divine Providence led all the work and we could bless the new buildings for the vocational Training Centre and the Kindergarten on 14-01-2006. The functioning of the school started on 16-01-2006 with just 3 children on the roll. But day by day the number got increased and by the end of the year, the number has reached upto 25. A steady process of growth is seen very vividly in the life of the school. The Trinitarian children community has now grown upto 410 students on the roll in 2011. Aiming at the Christian formation of the girls, a boarding is started attached with the school. Along with the field of education, sisters are engaged in family visits and the other activities of the Parish collaborating with the church.


INFANT JESUS CONVENT, ITTAGA, TABORA


Inauguration of Infant Jesus Convent, Tabora

The birth of CMC in the soil of Africa, was a dream of the Almighty Father from all eternity. Accordingly He roused the spirit of His Eminence, Mark Mihayo the then Archbishop of Tabora. On his visit to India, he met the then Mother General of CMC and presented his request to send some sisters to teach in the Ittaga Minor Seminary. Eventhough it was a leap into darkness, mother gave a positive reply, realizing CMCs responsibility to take part in the missionary activities of the church. Thus the pioneers to African soil touched their feet in Dar Es Salaam on 1st April 1977. Due to scarcity of conveyance to Tabora, they had to wait another fortnight at Dar Es Salaam, waiting for the connecting flight. On 14th April 1977, they landed in their dreamland.
The sisters were to teach in the seminary, subjects like history, geography, biology and chemistry. In 1980 two sisters started working in the dispensary near the seminary. Also they were teaching tailoring to the girls and teaching catechism in the parish. Gods holy ones are tested in furnace. So also CMC daughters in Tabora had to face many hard times specially due to the attacks of the thieves. But Gods victorious right hand was holding them on. We continued to extend our service in the seminary with all zeal and enthusiasm. But in 2000 we said goodbye to the cradle of CMC in Africa.
How can a mother forget her child ? So the good Lord arranged for a reunion. Archbishop Paul Ruzoka, the present Archbishop of Tabora, who was the rector of the Ittaga minor seminary when our sisters were working there, took the initiative to call CMC back to Ittaga after ten years. Since it is the birthplace of CMC in Africa, we took a courageous step to return to our origin. As a result, another daughter was born to CMC Chavara region in Africa on 10th July 2010 Infant Jesus Convent, Tabora. At present 3 CMCs , Sr. Lisieux Anto, Sr. Salvin and Sr. Noel are rendering their service in the seminary in teaching and giving medical aid to the seminarians

CARMEL CONVENT, LILONGWE, MALAWI

In January 2001, Rt. Rev. Remi J. G. Ste Marie, the bishop of Dedza diocese, requested our Mother General to send some sisters to help him in the pastoral
work in his diocese especially in the field of education, health care and catechesis. Even though the Jai Christo, Palakkad province took up the proposal, they were asked to wait for some time for the completion of the residence. The waiting was prolonged upto two years. Meanwhile, the Provincial of Capuchin fathers, Fr.Francis Christi of St. Thomas province Aluva invited the sisters to their mission in Lilongwe, Malawi. This was readily taken up and the first CMC missionaries to Malawi , Sr. Perfecta, Sr. Prabha, Sr. Irene and Sr. Siji landed in Lilongwe airport on 12th October 2001. The first CMC convent in Malawi was blessed on the same day. Sisters are helping the fathers in their school as well as giving more importance to the health care of the people of the locality. A good number of Malawians are infected with HIV/AIDS. So sisters started a project named, Home based care unit which provides all care to the HIV infected people. Voluntary Councelling and testing for HIV/AIDS (VCT) group also is formed under this project. Also sisters actively participate in the charismatic group, legio group etc and give guidance in prayer for the people.

MOUNT CARMEL CONVENT, DEDZA, MALAWI

The CMC Amala Province, Kanjirappilly started her service in Somalia in 1985, but had to give up that endeavour in 1989 due to civil war. Meanwhile the bishop of Dedza, Rt. Rev. Remi Ste- Marie invited our sisters to take up a secondary school or a TTC in the diocese of Dedza. It was decided to take up the administration of St. Josephs TTC. The first group of missionaries to Dedza, Sr. Rose Mary, Sr. Vineetha and Sr. Elizabeth William reached on 18th January 2006. 31st May 2006, marked the starting of the convent. The main apostolic activity entrusted to the sisters was the administration of St, Josephs ( Womens) TTC, which was started in the year 1937 by the missionary sisters of Our Lady of Africa.

Along with it the sisters try to cater to the needs of the students. They stress on Catholic formation. Sisters also organize Adult Literacy Programmes in selected villages, conduct Tailoring programme for the jobless women, give health and nutrition classes for the villagers and organize blood transfusion camps. When ever time permits, the sisters go for family visits too. Various programmes undertaken by the sisters are very clearly depicted on the board.



CMC got entry into South Africa through the instrumentality of Bishop Hugh Slattery, bishop of Tzaneen diocese. 3 CMC Sisters from Holy Queen,s Province, Changanacherry, Sr.Elite, Sr. Kusumam and Sr.Liza Kurian started their mission in South Africa on 25th September 1997 in Makhado parish in Louis Trichardt. In 2002 the bishop constructed a convent for the sisters in the parish compound. There we are engaged in the apostolate of education in the diocesan Primary school and other pastoral activities. At Madombidzha, nearly 18 kms away from Louis Trichardt, we are running a school for the mentally disabled children. Expansion is a sign of growth. It has proved true in the case of CMC mission in South Africa also. Recently a residence is started in Pretoria with 3 members. The sisters there are engaged in the pastoral activities of the church. Also a nursery school is run by us in our premises







ST. THERESAS CONVENT, KHARTOUM


There were 4 CMC convents in Khartoum out of which 2 are already closed down. sisters first began to offer their services in the town of Wau in South Sudan in 1982. The sisters served in the health training institute of that village. Due to unfavouable situations we withdrew our service from there. It was on 15th September 1983 that the sisters reached Sudan to teach in St. Augustines seminary. They share the responsibility for the integral formation of the young Sudanese boys. These boys come from the displaced and broken families in the South. Most of them do not have the experience of a family living together with their parents, brothers and sisters. Some of them have never seen their parents and family members for 14 to 20 years after their separation. They share with us, the tragic and traumatic experiences of the past. Psychologically they need a lot of counselling and consolation. So the sisters are not only teachers and instructors but counselors and directors as well. Sisters used to go to the outstations and prepare the people for the Holy Liturgy and encourage them to make the liturgical celebrations more lively with their presence. Also sisters get many chances to serve the poor people of Sudan, especially during flood or any other calamities.




A VILLAGE CHURCH

Since 1985,three sisters started their service at the Apostolic Nunciature in Sudan. They were working as the secretary to the Pronuncio and the management of the house. But in 1998, this community also was closed down due to some unavoidable situations

DEIR CARMEL, KALAKLA, KHARTHOUM

The seminary community became aloof and alone due to the closing of the other two communities. To add to that the Archbishop was not so pleased to have just one community alone of a congregation in his archdiocese. As the CMC sisters of St. Theresas convent started going to Kalakla parish ,assisting in the parish activities, the Parish put forward the desire to have the sisters in their parish, to help them in Catechetical , medical, educational and formational fields. In the neighbouring outstation which is 18 kms away from Khartoum the programmes were usually arranged in the evenings. So it was not so easy to attend the needs of that station. Later it was decided to start as a week end programme. So sisters used to come from the seminary on Thursdays and go back on Monday mornings. Even though the sisters started their work, staying in the parish campus, later on a house was rented for their stay. Thus on 6th June 2003, on the feast of Sacred Heart of Jesus Deir Carmel came into existence in a rented house. By the grace of God, we could buy a house of our own and entered into it on 31st May 2006.
Later sisters were given the charge of the dispensary of the parish and it officially started functioning from 02-02-2006 onwards. Sisters arrange various programmes like, Mother Child Programme, Nutrition and vaccination, Awareness programmes on HIV/AIDS, Open Health Day etc. With the help of the Vincent de Paul Society, a mobile clinic comes on every Saturday to help the pregnant woman. The sisters were conducting computer course and Spoken English Course, which were benefitted by many people of the locality irrespective of caste or creed. Sisters give animation in youth programmes, conduct family visits, prepare the faithful for Sacraments and even reach Blessed Sacrament to the old and sick people. Even though sisters had to face many struggles, like war and other political unrest, the Good Lord was carrying them on His shoulders.

CARMEL CONVENT, REPUBLIC OF CENTRAL AFRICA

In 1991, the then Mother General of CMC, Mother Prima, on her visit to Rome, happened to visit the monastery of our co-founder, Fr. Leopold Beccaro O.C.D, at Genova. During this visit, the O.C.D fathers expressed their desire to get our sisters to help them in their seminary. The proposal was accepted and three sisters from Angamaly Province Sr. Julitta, Sr. Payton and Sr. Anil Jose were sent to France to study French, on 18th July1991. Sisters reached Yole, Bangui, in the Republic of Central Africa (R.C.A) on 16th Dec.1991 to start their mission, in the diocese of Bouar. Sisters started their service in the seminary from 2nd Jan.1992. The sisters are working with the fathers in the overall formation of the seminarians. Even though there are many hardships like lack of communication, power supply and transportation, sisters find fulfillment in serving the Lord wholeheartedly.

CARMEL CONVENT, MAKUTANO, KENYA

CMC landed in Kenya in 2008, shortly after the formation of the CMC region in Africa. Eventhough CMC has only one house in Kenya now, the fertile land is in front of us awaiting for more CMC daughters to sow the seed of Divine Presence. The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few. The CMI African mission which started in 1981, flourished so rapidly that they started to spread their activities in different dioceses. So their Regional Superior approached our Superior General , Sr. Edward at Aluva. Mother responded positively and send two sisters Sr. Lina ( Thrissur Province) and Sr. Latha ( Irijalakuda province ) to start our mission in Kenya, collaborating with the CMI fathers. The sisters reached Kenya on 21- 11-2008, to take up the administration of the CMI CHRIST Primary School and the boarding attached to it, at Makutano, in the diocese of Muranga.


OVERALL CARE OF THE CHILDREN OF GOD

Staying in the fathers house, at present 3 CMC Sisters render their service for the upbringing of more than 200 children in the boarding and in the school both boys and girls. Since these three sisters have to take care of the children in all aspects , they dont get much time for other activities like family visits etc. But they make use of all the opportunities like parents meeting and going out for Sunday Eucharistic celebration etc to talk to the people and guide them in a proper way. As a sign of Gods approval of their work, a convent of our own could be blessed and inaugurated on 23rd Nov 2011. CONCLUSION CMC is ever enthusiastic and zealous to accomplish Gods kingdom here in this fertile land of Africa. So trusting in the divine providence and under the mantle of our heavenly patroness Mother of Carmel, she is marching forward aiming at a new heaven and renewed earth, sowing the seeds of Christian faith.






Dar-es-salaam
CMC Chavara Regional House (Dar es salaam)
P.O.Box:6011,           
Dar-Es-Salaam
Tanzania, East Africa.
Phone- land +255-22-2850143
E-mail: chavaratanz@gmail.com

Regional Superior : Sr.Rita Jose CMC

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Central Africa
Soeur De yol ( Bouar)
Centre D Accueil Missionaire, B.P.898
(Via) France, Bangui,
Republique-Central Afrique
E-mail-stelie.bouar@tiscali.it
Phone-00236-808532


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Dar-es-salaam
Carmel Novitiate House ( Dar es salaam)                      
P.O.Box:6011,
Dar- Es-Salaam Tanzania, East Africa
Phone-+255-754620245


03

Dar-es-salaam
Carmel Convent (Dar  es  salaam)  
P.O. Box : 80461,      
Vikindu, Dar-Es-Salaam        
Tanzania, East Africa
Phone-+255-754077977
Email : bricecmc@rediffmail.com


04

Kenya  (  Muranga)
Carmel Convent Convent
C/o. CMI Christ Primary School       
P.O. Box 328
Wanguru10303, Kenya.         
Phone no. +254723321408, + 254202444676           
Email: cmcsistersmakutano@yahoo.com


05

Kigoma
Carmel Convent  (Kigoma)
P.O.Box :71, Kigoma Katubuka,
Tanzania East Africa.
E-mail : carmelkig@gmail.com
Phone-+ 255-28-2802449


06

Kigoma
Carmel Convent (Kigoma)  
P.O.Box:666, Ujiji,
Kigoma Tanzania.
Phone- +255-28-2804961


07

Kigoma
Carmel Convent (Tabora)
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary,
Itaga, Tabora, P.O. Box 494
Tanzania, E- Africa.
Ph : 00-255-685106702, 00-225-685106701,
00-255 685106704
E.mail : cmcitaga@gmail.com


08

Malawi  (Dedza)
Mount Carmel convent
C/o StJosephs Teachers Training College
P.B.No.ll, Dedza,
Malawi-Central Africa
E-mail - malawicarmel@vahoo.co.in
Phone No: +2651221307.


09

Malavi
Carmel Convent  Lilonge)
The Capuchin Mission Area-49
P .B.No.231 0 Lilongwe,
Malawi, Central Africa
E-mail:cmcmission@malawi.net
Phone-00265-1- 716907


10

Morogoro
Carmel Convent( Morogoro)
P.O.Box:1302, Morogoro, Tanzania
E-mail : cmccarmelconvent6@gmail.com
Phone-0025 5- 23- 2600963.


11

Musoma  
Carmel Bhavan (Musoma)
P.B.No.655, Musoma
Tanzania, East Africa
Phone- +255-28-2640256
Mob-0745076524


12

South Africa
Carmel Convent (Tzaneen)
P.O.Box: l27, 45 Burger Str.
Louis Trichardt 0920
South Africa.
Email: cmcsrs@ccmail.co.za
Phone-0027-15-5163565


13

Sudan
Carmelite Convent (Khartoum)
C/o. St. Augustine Seminary
P.O.Box:994,Khartoum 11111,
Sudan, Africa.
E-mail-cmcsisters@hotmail.com
Phone-00249-183-789913


14 Sudan
Deir Carmel (Khartoum)
St.  Joseph Parish
P.O. Box: 994, Khartoum 11111
Sudan, Africa.
E-mail-siscarmel@hotmail.com
Phone-00249-155111564
 

Institutions

  Schools
01

Kigoma
Carmel convent Primary School
P.O.Box:71, Katubuka,                                                         
Kigoma,Tanzania, East Africa.
E MAIL :carmelkig@gmail.com, Phone-+255-28-2802449


02

Kigoma
Carmel convent Secondary School & Boarding
P.O.Box:666, 
Ujiji, Kigoma                                                              ,
Tanzania.
Phone- +255-28-2804961
Email: carmelujiji@gmail.com


03

Morogoro
Mount Carmel Primary School
Carmel convent                                             
P.O.Box:1302,
Morogoro, Tanzania
E-mail-cmccarmelconvent6@gmail.com
Phone-00255-23-2600963


04

Tanzania
Carmel Convent Primary School&Boarding
Carmel  convent
P.O.Box:80461,                                                         
Vikindu, Dar-Es-Salaam                                            
Tanzania, East Africa                                                 
Email: bricecmc@rediffmail


 

Mentally Retarded School


05

South Africa
Carmel Convent School
P.O.Box:127,45 Burger Str.
Louis Trichardt 0920, South Africa.
Email: cmcsrs@ccmail.co.za


 

Vocational Training Center


06

Dar-Es-Salaam
Carmel  convent Vocational Training  School
P.O.Box:80461,                                                         
Vikindu, Dar-Es-Salaam                                            
Tanzania, East Africa                                                 
Phone-+255-754077977
Email: bricecmc@rediffmail.com


07

Dar-Es-Salaam
CMC Chavara Regional Tailoring Centre, Knitting center
P.O.Box:6011,           
Dar-Es-Salaam                                                                       
Tanzania, East Africa.
Phone-  land     +255-22-2850143

           

Common Mobile  255-755920363


 

Pastoral Activities


08

South Africa
Carmel Convent  (Residence ) ( Pastoral Animation)
8th Holley Street , West Park
Pretoria 0813, South Africa
Land Phone No. +27127516154
Mobile No. +27745096883


09

Sudan
Deir Carmel
St.Joseph Parish                                                         
P.O.Box: 994, Khartoum 11111                                                        
Sudan, Africa.
E-mail-siscarmel@hotmail.com
Phone-00249-155404877
Pastoral Activities Dispensary of the Parish
Computer Institute of the Parish


 

Service Centres/Schools


01

Musoma
Carmel Bhavan Secondary School (Mont Forte brothers)
P.B.No.655, Musoma                                    
Tanzania, East Africa
Phone- +255-28-2640256
Mob-+ 255 745076524


02

Kenya
CMI Christ Primary School
P.O.Box 328                          
Wanguru10303,  Kenya.
Phone no. +254723321408, + 254202444676
Email: cmcsistersmakutano@yahoo.com


03

Malawi
Mount Carmel convent  (T.T.C of the Diocese)
            C/o St.Josephs Teachers Training college                
P.B.No.11, Dedza,                                                     
Malawi-Central Africa
E-mail-- malawicarmel@yahoo.co.in
Phone no: +2651221307


04

Carmel convent(Padre Pio Capuchin school)
The Capuchin Mission Area-49                                             
P.B.No.2310 Lilongwe,                                             
Malawi, Central Africa
E-mail:cmcmission@malawi.net
Phone-00265-1-716907


05

South Africa
Carmel Convent(Parish school)
P.O.Box:127,                                                                
45 Burger Str.
Louis Trichardt 0920
South Africa.
Email: cmcsrs@ccmail.co.za
Phone-0027-15-5163565


  Teaching  in  the Seminary
06

Central Africa
Soeur De yol (OCD Seminary)                    
Centre DAccueil Missionaire, B.P.898                                               
(Via) France, Bangui, Bungui
Republique-Central Afrique
E-mail-stelie.bouar@tiscali.it
Phone-00236-808532


07

Sudan
St.Augustine Seminary (Diocesan)
P.O.Box:994,                                                             
Khartoum 11111, Sudan, Africa.
E-mail-cmcsisters@hotmail.com
Phone-00249-183-789913


08

Tanzania Tabora
            Infant Jesus Carmelite Convent                                             
P.O. Box 494,             Itaga Seminary,
Tabora,            Tanzania, E. Africa
Phone Number:    +255685106702, +255685106704


 

Dispensary


09

Central Africa
Soeur De yol (Dispensary owned by OCD )
Centre DAccueil Missionaire, B.P.898                                               
(Via) France, Bangui, Bungui
Republique-Central Afrique
E-mail-stelie.bouar@tiscali.it
Phone-00236-808532


10

Malawi
Carmel convent Dispensary of the HIV /AIDs
The Capuchin Mission Area-49                                 
P.B.No.2310 Lilongwe,
Malawi, Central Africa
E-mail:cmcmission@malawi.net
Phone-00265-1-716907


11

Sudan
Deir Carmel (Parish)
St.Joseph Parish,  P.O.Box: 994,       
Khartoum 11111, Sudan, Africa.
E-mail-siscarmel@hotmail.com
Phone-00249-155111564


12

Tanzania Tabora  (Dispensary of the Seminary)
Infant Jesus Carmelite Convent                                             
P.O. Box 494, Itaga Seminary,
Tabora, Tanzania, E. Africa
Phone Number:    +255685106702, +255685106704


 

Social centers

13

Kigoma
Carmel convent (Street Children programme)
P.O.Box:71, Kigoma
Katubuka, Tanzania,   East Africa.
E MAIL :carmelkig@gmail.com
Phone-+255-28-2802449

14

Malawi
Carmel convent (HIV/AIDs Home based Rehabilitation programme)
The Capuchin Mission Area-49                                             
  P.B.No.2310 Lilongwe,        
Malawi, Central Africa
E-mail:cmcmission@malawi.net
Phone-00265-1-716907