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Help for the formation of 10 novices and 43 seminarians of a Carmelite Province in India

It was in 1981 that the Discalced Carmelites first established their regional province in Southern Kerala, India. At the time, there were only 10 Carmelite friars and just 1 monastery. Today, they number 106 priests and 8 permanently professed friars. Happily, there continue to be many young vocations.

In 1998, the Carmelites opened their first mission in Northeast India. Over the course of time, given the dynamic growth in the province, all seven states of Northeast India were gradually added. Now the Carmelite Fathers have 18 mission stations there, and they also provide pastoral support for many communities of religious women and teach in many schools. Every year, more young men are being ordained from these mission regions.

The Carmelite Fathers are hoping to see nearly 50 new priests ordained within the next 10 years. At that point they would be able to open 13 new mission stations. They have reason to be confident, because in the last year alone there were 5 priestly ordinations, 4 of which were from the regions of the northeast.

To continue in this work, they need financial support for the formation of these young vocations, and so they have turned to us for help for their 43 seminarians and 10 novices.

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 for the spread of the Kingdom of God and also pray tirelessly for the welfare of your benefactors.”

We have promised the Carmelites $18,700 so that these young men can continue their formation. Can you join in supporting these future servants of God in India? They have already assured us of their grateful prayers.

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