Congregatio Fratrum Carmelitarum Beatae Virginis Mariae Immaculatae (CMI)

Carmes de la Bienheureuse Vierge Marie Immaculée
Carmelitani della Beata Vergine Maria Immacolata
Carmelites of the Blessed Virgin Mary Immaculate

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1831, South India, by Thomas Palackal, Thomas Porukara and Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara, as a Catholic religious order for men. Diocesan (canonical) approval 8 Dec 1855; pontifical approval 12 Mar 1906. The Congregation was granted pontifical exemption in 1967. Also referred to as Carmelites of Mary Immaculate -- Carmes de Marie Immaculée -- Carmelitani della Maria Immacolata -- Congregatio Fratrum Carmelitarum Mariae Immaculatae.


Promote apostolic work, prayer and practical action; provide primary, secondary and higher education; secure social service.

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Evangelization; priestly ministry; apostolate of theological training; education; media and communication; social apostolate; socio-cultural activities.


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English, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu.


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Members in 17 countries
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