THE CONGREGATION OF THE APOSTOLIC CARMEL:
The seed of the Apostolic Carmel was sown in the heart of a woman who little realized the greatness of the mission God was entrusting to her. Born as Sophie Leeves, the daughter of an Anglican Minister, she was led by God first to the Catholic faith in 1850 and then to the religious life as a sister of St.Joseph of the Apparition in the following year, where she took the name of Sister Mary Veronica of the Passion. Being sent to India in 1861, she felt an interior call to Carmel, not understanding where it would lead her.
At this time, the Carmelite bishops of the West Coast of India were experiencing the need for a teaching Order of Carmelite Sisters to further the work of the Missions. Mother Veronica’s call to Carmel seemed to be a providential response to this need. Under the guidance of Fr. Marie Ephrem, she came to accept her mission to fount this new congregation. After much struggle and many difficulties Mother Veronica found admission into the novitiate of the Carmel of Pau where she imbibed spirit of Carmel as one born to it.
The Apostolic Carmel was founded by Mother Veronica at Bayonne in 1868, and established at Mangalore India in 1870, by Bishop Marie Ephrem O.C.D. prevailing circumstance resulted in the closure of the novitiate house at bayonne in 1873. The Foundress then entered the Carmel of Pau where she died in 1906.
The work begun by Mother Veronica was not to die, however, for it was the work of Divine Providence. It was kept alive through the instrumentality of her successors.
The little seed sown in the heart of Mother Veronica over a hundred and forty five years ago has now grown into a mighty tree. Today Sister cater to the needs of children in high school and primary schools, teacher training institutions, Degree College and technical school which are conducted both in the regional languages and English medium, as well as in hospitals, creches, children’s homes, hostels and urban areas in India and Sri Lanka, reaching even to Pakistan, Kuwait, Kenya, Italy and Bahrain.
Rooted in the contemplative spirit of Carmel, and nourished by its life of prayer and missionary zeal, the Apostolic Carmel expresses the vitality of the Church through its fruitfulness in the active apostolate of education and other works of mercy.
Our History and Inspiration:
Mount Carmel Junior College is an offshoot of the Congregation of the sisters of the Apostolic Carmel, which has a specific goal in view. The Junior College has been started to respond to the growing need for a Catholic education. Due to the demands of parents, and the present need to upgrade the High school, the foundation for the Junior College was laid on Nov 19, 2009 and classes will commence with effect from July 2013.The college is named after Our Lady of Mount Carmel, from whom our students will learn openness to God’s all sufficing love that will enable them to accept life’s situation in a deep spirit of faith. The college is devoted to the advancement of education in all its aspects, primarily for the benefit of catholic women and children, and students from all section of society.
It started as an English medium school at Nana Peth in 1943 to provide Catholic girls with the sound religious and value based education. The college is open to girls irrespective of caste, creed or status. Religious freedom is assured and students, who are admitted, are expected to be loyal to the institution and responsible young women.
The Apostolic Carmel sisters are known for their services in the field of formal and non formal education in India and abroad. They manage schools and colleges, with Degree Colleges in Mangalore, Goa, Kozhikode and Patna, and now in recent years, several Junior Colleges as well.
The Junior College is recognised by the Government of Maharashtra, Maharashtra state Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, Pune. At present we offer Humanities, Commerce and Science courses.