Carmel Jyoti, Baramulla (Jammu & Kashmir)
|Place||Baramulla (Jammu & Kashmir)|
|Address||Carmel Jyothi Baramulla Kashmir 193 101 J & K|
|Phone||01952 - 235034|
History of the Convent
Kashmir is one of the most beautiful tourist centres of the world. It is pleasant climate, sky reaching snowy mountains, lovely rivers, cascading mountain springs and the flowerbeds attract people from far and wide alike. Tibet, China and Pakistan are its neibouring nations.
Baramulla which is a historical place is located just 55 kms. away from Srinagar the capital of Kashmir. The Mill Hill Fathers were the first missionaries in this part where religious fanatics still exist. The new Prefecture of J & K was handed over to the capuchins in 1979. After the erection of the new prefecture, Msgr.Hippolitus invited the CMC sisters to launch their activities in his prefecture and the Mother General Sr.Stella Maria readily and happily responded to this invitation. The responsibility of starting a new mission station was entrusted to the Vimala Province Ernakulam.
16th of July 1980 is indeed a remarkable day in the annals of CMC. It saw the birth of a new mission station at Baramulla in Kashmir. Sr.Januaries, Srs.Juliet, Ivis and Sr.Merzala were the first inmates of the house. The sisters were given a hearty welcome by Msgr.Hippolitus and his co-workers.
A small house in which Fr.Jim Borst had been put up was allotted to the sisters for their temporary use. The sentence Let this house be filled by your prayer and by the presence of Jesus Christ in Kashmir was put up on all the walls of this house by Fr.Jum Borst. The sisters, shifted their residence to the school building in 1981. And to the proper, newly constructed convent later.
The main apostolates of the sisters are education, caring for the impoverished and neglected, helping the scattered Christian families, through catechism and renewal.
Great efforts are being made to make the Sunday liturgy more lively and rewarding. The sisters help the Christian army members in the village especially by their Sunday visits, and by preparing the people for Divine Liturgy. Mass is offered here in the village solely for them.
Though the majority of the Kashmiris are Muslims, Missionary service of the church is greatly appreciated and accepted and this has given fresh impetus to the work of Christ.