Help for the formation of 10 novices and 43 seminarians of the South Kerala Province
It was in 1981 that the Discalced Carmelites first established their regional South Kerala Province in India. At that time, there were only 10 Carmelite friars and one monastery. Today, the Province is comprised of 112 priests and eight solemnly professed friars. And happily, there continue to be many new vocations.
In 1998, the Carmelites opened their first mission in Northeast India. Over the course of time, and with the dynamic growth of the Province, all seven states of Northeast India were gradually added in. Today the Carmelite Fathers have 18 mission stations there. Additionally, they provide pastoral support for many communities of religious women and teach in many schools. And every year, more young men are being ordained from these mission regions.
The Carmelite Fathers are hoping to see around 50 new priests ordained within the next 10 years, which in turn would allow them to open 13 new mission stations. And these numbers are looking promising: in the last year alone, there were five priestly ordinations, four of which were from the regions of the northeast.
To build up the local church
But they need financial support towards these new vocations and have requested our help with the formation of their 10 novices and 43 seminarians.
The provincial superior, Father Varghese Maliakkal, writes: “Every cent we receive for this purpose will bear rich fruit in the near future and will contribute to the building up of the local Church and the missions under our care. If you are able to help us, you will be performing a noble deed of Christian charity in supporting the formation of these future missionaries, who will commit themselves zealously to the spread of the Kingdom of God and also pray tirelessly for the welfare of your benefactors.”
We have promised the Carmelites $27,825 so that these young men can continue their formation. Will you help us?