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CMI Congregation

CMI (Carmelites of Mary Immaculate) is the first indigenous congregation of Catholic Priests founded by St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara in 1831 at Mannanam, Kottayam, State of Kerala, inspired by the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. For St. Chavara, education was the only medium of transformation of the person, the family and the society. With this vision in mind, St. Chavara opened a Sanskrit School in the year 1846 at Mannanam, Kerala. In an age when Sanskrit education was the privilege of the elite caste and the privileged, this school was the first of its kind open for all, irrespective of caste and creed.

Thereafter, he was instrumental and inspiration in the establishment of several schools. He admitted students belonging to all sections of the society, including the Dalits. This reformist feat paved way for the social revolution at the time when caste prejudice was widespread. St. Kuriakose emphasized that all human beings have an inalienable and undeniable right to education. He attached great importance to the growth and development of children in their homes.

The vision of Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara was carried forward by the members of CMI Congregation after his death on 3 January 1871. After the establishment of several Schools and Colleges and strong roots in Kerala, CMI congregation moved to other parts of India to render their services to the people through Education and Social Apostolate.

The CMI Priests reached Gujarat in the year 1972 and took over the first Catholic Educational Institution of Saurashtra and Kachchh (St. Xavier’s School, Jamnagar) from the Jesuit Priests who started it in 1952. Thereafter, number of Educational and Social Service institutions were established in different parts of Saurashtra and Kuchchh with the aim of providing quality education and better living conditions to all sections of the society and the journey has completed 50 years successfully benefitting a large group of beneficiaries from different walks of life.

CMI Institutions

Education is being the charisma of the CMI congregation, its members have been well trained and specialized in teaching at all levels of education from its very inception. The CMI congregation has the tradition and reputation of one and a half century (150 years) in the field of education.

In India, the CMI congregation is running 510 schools, 1 university, 2 medical colleges, 2 engineering colleges, 17 university colleges, 9 parallel and B. Ed. Colleges, 48 hospitals and dispensaries, 129 social services and rural development centres, 1 science research centre, 16 printing houses and publications, 13 periodicals, 1 daily newspaper and numerous charitable institutions.

As a Christian, catholic school, St Mary’s School, Rajkot, strives to develop not only physical, intellectual, artistic and cultural aptitudes of children, but also their character, from the earliest stages by inculcating sound moral principles which are meant to help them grow up as good children and become responsible citizens.

CMI Congregation
Christ University, Bangalore
Amala Medical College, Thrissur www.amalamedical
Rajagiri Engineering College, Kochi
Santhigiri College Thodupuzha
Kristu Jayanthai College, Bangalore
St. Joseph’s College, Devagiri
Christ College, Irinjalakuda
Sacred Heart College, Kochi
Christ Nagar, Trivandram
Carmel School, Chalakudy
Chavara Cultural Centre, Kochin www.chavaraculturalcentre
Christ Academy, Bangalore
Marygiri Public School, Koothattukulam
Porukara Junior College
Viswajyothi CMI Public School, Ernakulam
CMI Public School, Thrissur
Devagiri CMI Public School, Kozhikode www.devagiricmipublic
Kuriakose Elias College, Mannanam
Jeevass CMI Central School, Aluva
Silver Hills Public School, Kozhikode www.silverhillspublic
St. Joseph College, Devagiri
Christ School, Gujarat (Bhavnagar)
St. Mary’s High School, Rajkot
Christ School, Poonch
Christ Nagar Senior Secondary School, Trivandrum
Rajagiri Healthcare & Education Nagar, Aluva
St.Joseph’s Province, Trivandrum
St. Joseph’s Province, Kottayam
Carmel Province, Muvattupuzha
Sacred Heart Province, Kochi
St. Thomas Province, Kozhikode
St. Paul’s Province, Mysore
Preshitha Province, Coimbathore
Nirmal Province, Jagalpur
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