Joe Bhavan, Meloor
|Address||Albhuthapuram, Meloor P.O.|
I. GENERAL INFORMATION
II. History of the Convent
The two aged unmarried daughters, Thressia and Ittiyannam, of the late Thekkan Inassu approached the sisters of the Meloor L.F. Convent, offering the house and 96 cent of land which belonged to them as a donation to the convent, on condition that these two ladies should be cared by the sisters till their death. The sisters in turn informed the matter to the superiors of the province. After several deliberation and discussion with the concerned appropriate people the province took over the property on November 17, 1997. An additional 95 cents of land was also purchased by the province from their nephew Antony. Thus the C.M.C. sisters of the Mary Matha Province became responsible to care for the two ladies.
One month later, the elder one Thressia passed away on December 4, 1997. After necessary repairs to the house, the younger sister came to reside there. The house was named JOE BHAVAN.
Finding the old house inconvenient for the stay of the sisters, some renovations were made without any change its general form. The renovated building was blessed on July 16, 2002; the sisters take turns to stay there.
The younger sister Ittyannam passed away on February 17, 2009.
III. IMPORTANT DATES
IV. Former Superiors
Thekkan Inassu Daughters Thressia and Ittiyannam
VI. Members of the Present Community
Sr.Maris is the present local superior.Now 13 members are here.
VII. Fields of Apostolate
o House Visiting
o Family Units
o Old Age Home (Sr. Therese Jose, Sr. Imelda & Sr. Dina)
o Ministries in Divine Retreat Center:
Letter Ministry (Sr. Flowerlet)
Ladies in Charge (Sr. Clarelet)
Pharmacist (Sr. Linda)
o Healing Ministry, St. James Hospital
Laboratory in Charge (Sr. Prasanthi)
Dietician (Sr. Meera Tom)
VIII. MARIA SHANTHI BHAVAN (Old age home)
Maria Shanthi Bhavan is the fruit of the joint effort of CMC Mary Matha Province Angamaly and Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor. It was started on 20th November 2003 for poor aged women.
On 16th July 2002 at the time of the blessing of reconstructed Joe Bhavan, both the superiors of CMC Mary Matha Province and the fathers of Divine Retreat Centre, inspired by the Holy Spirit gave a form to this venture. Mother Borromeo CMC the Provincial Superior laid the foundation stone on 10th February 2003.
Under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Mathew Thadathil, the construction got over soon. Mar Sebastian Edayanthrath, the Auxiliary Bishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly, did the blessing ceremony on 20th November 2003. On 3rd December, under the leadership of Sr. Traisy and late Sr. Sherin Clare, 22 inmates started living here. Prayerful atmosphere, Holy Hours, daily celebration of the Holy Eucharist, breaking of the Word of God etc., help them to heal their wounds and to go ahead with hope. They are actively involved in cutting vegetables needed for Divine Retreat Centre, making covers for the dispensary and gardening. Catechism students, nursing students and members belonging to different associations give them love and joy. Counseling facilities make available for them twice in a week.
The patroness day of the house is celebrating on 16th July. They are very active in cultural programme and competitions. At present the total strength is 60.