September 22, 2019

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A glimpse to the humble beginning of Rewa mission

As requested by Late Bishop Mar Abraham D. Mattam, our then Superior General, Mother Mary Celine and team sent two Sisters namely Sr Reparata from Thrissur Province and Sr Majella from Kothamangalam Province to begin the mission in Rewa. It was on 31st October 1969 that our Sisters reached in Rewa. Late Bishop Mar Abraham D. Mattam accompanied the Sisters from Satna to Rewa and made all the arrangements needed. Sisters stayed in a rented house at Civil Line. Fr James Edavazhithara VC was the then Parish Priest. From 15th January 1970 onwards these two Sisters started teaching in Sainik School, Rewa. In the year 1971 Superior General Mother Celine and team handed over the Rewa mission, which was under Generalate for two years, to Pavanathma Province Kothamangalam. The then Provincial Superior, Mother Victima sent three Sisters, Sr Christabel, Sr Tresa Martin and Sr Celia as pioneers to take up the continuation of the mission that our sisters were already doing. Sr Majella went back to Kerala before long, but Sr Reparata stayed with the newly arrived Sisters until 13th March 1971, though she terminated her service in the Sainik School on 30th January 1971. Sisters Tresa Martin and Celia started to teach in Sainik School from 18th January 1971. The parish priests of Bodabag, Fr James Edavazhithrara VC, Fr Antony Kakkanattu VC and Fr Paul Edasseril VC were a great support for the Sisters in the initial struggles.

Meanwhile Jyoti School was started as Jyoti Shishu Vidyalaya on 11th January 1972 at Bodabag under the management of the exarchate of Satna. Sr Christabel was the first Principal. They started the school in Jyoti Bhavan presbytery with five students. As the classes came up more Sisters were sent to Rewa and on 5th July 1973 Sisters were shifted to Jyoti Bhavan from the rented house and Fathers moved out to a rented house.

On 28th June 1976 the new school building and convent at Chunapetta were blessed and the convent was shifted to the new building at Chunapetta on 2nd May 1977 and by then CMC Sisters discontinued their service in Sainik School. Since then all the Sisters started teaching in Jyoti School.

We gratefully place on record, the love, concern, continuous and constant support as well as the patronage that we received from our late bishop Mar Abraham D Mattam VC, our former bishop Mar Mathew Vaniakizhakkel VC and our present bishop Mar Joseph Kodakallil and their consultors. We are also thankful to all the Fathers who helped us generously especially the Parish Priests, Managers and Principals as well as the Fathers from Bishop’s house Satna, Vincentian Ashrams at Padra and Maidani during the last 50 years.

Golden Jubilee Celebrations

Golden Jubilee of Carmelite Convent Rewa was celebrated on 16th September, 2019. The Holy Eucharistic celebration took place at 5:30 p.m. His Excellency Mar Joseph Kadakallil, the Bishop of Satna was the main celebrant of the day. Rev. Fr John Thoppil and Rev. Fr Mathew Thottakara, Vicar Generals of the diocese of Satna, Rev. Fr Sebastian Kallath VC, Provincial Councillor, Rev. Fr Joseph Ottapurackal, Rector of St Ephrem’s Theological Collage and Rev. Fr Martin VC were the concelebrants.

Sr Josmi, the Provincial Superior and her team, along with many other Sisters from different Carmelite communities were present for the celebrations. Fathers and Sisters from Rewa and other mission stations, parishioners, friends and benefactors took part in the celebrations.

Sr Little Tresa gave a short introduction about the beginning of Rewa mission. At the end of the Holy Mass Sr Rekha gave thanks to everyone. Mr Philip and team made the celebration lovely with their melodious voices. After the solemn Eucharistic celebration, all wished one another. Bishop Mar Joseph Kodakallil, Very Rev. Sr Josmi, Provincial Superior and Sr Rekha, Superior of the convent cut the cake. A sumptuous meal was prepared under the guidance of Mr Sibi and Lijo. Our Fathers at Bodabag made the evening more colourful by reaching out to every part of the celebrations.

Sr Rekha Nedumkallel
Carmelite Convent, Rewa