The year 2003 marked the bifurcation of the Kothamangalam Diocese and the erection of the new Diocese of Idukki. The formation of the new Eparchy paved the way for the bifurcation of Pavanathma Province, Kothamangalam. During the Provincial Synaxis of the year 2003, the synaxis members unanimously expressed their strong desire for the division of the province. The provincial council placed the application to the General Council and they gave option to the members of the Pavanathma Province. It was found encouraging that a good number of sisters opted for the Highranges with all its difficult and inconvenient situations. The new Province was officially declared on 14th September 2003 at Provincial House, Kozhippilly by Mother Fidelis, the then Superior General, after the solemn celebration of the Holy Eucharist by His Excellency Mar. George Punnakottil, the Bishop of Kothamangalam.
At present Carmelgiri Province has 23 houses in Kerala and one in Germany. There are 217 professed sisters, 7 novices, 7 postulance, 8 aspirants and 11 Candidates. Sr. Laetus was elected as the first provincial and now Sr. Alice Maria is our provincial superior. Stella Maris Convent Adimaly has been functioning as the Provincial House as well as prayer house. Our formation houses are at Thopramkudy, Vimalagiri and Murickassery where we have aspirancy, postulancy and novitiate respectively.
The harvest is rich, but the labourers, few. Formation of the new province was an urgent need in this scenario for a fruitful and more effective mission. The Diocese of Idukki, which is spread in the entire Idukki District, is certainly a boundless and vast field. We gather the harvest here under the spiritual guidance and paternal care of our Bishop His Excellency Mar. Mathew Anikuzhikattil. We consider Evangelization through Faith Formation as our prior concern.
We render our service to build up the Kingdom of God through schools (Eng & Mal. Medium), special schools for the differently abled children, Self financing college, balabhavan, social work, counselling centres, hostels, village work(including tribals), pastoral care, etc. Understanding the need of the hour, sisters dedicate themselves in guiding and supporting children, youth as well as grown ups. Awareness programmes are organized with this goal. Home mission provides ample opportunity to empower, enrich and to take care of Gods children. Above all we are all trying to grow unto the likeness of Jesus. We hope our Lady of Mount Carmel may guide us in all our humble attempts.