Carmel Bhavan, Meerut
|Address||Sr. Superior & Sisters Carmel Bhavan Meerut Sewa Samaj G.P.O 75, Sardana Road Kanker Khera , Meerut Cantt, U.P 25001|
History of the Convent
The provincial house and the novitiate house of Pushparam province are situated in the Meerut diocese. The provincial council had been thinking of opening a station where some apostolic activities could be taken up. Moreover it was also the desire of Rt.Rev.Patrick Nair, the bishop of Meerut that the CMC sisters should take up some apostolate and render their services in the diocese besides having the provincialate and novitiate house. Hence the superiors of the province decided to offer their services in the newly made diocesan school at Kankerkhera Meerut. The building was ready by June 1992. Though it was said that it would be a Hindi Medium school, the final decision of the diocese was for an English medium school and it was with much reluctance that the superiors consented to it. It was to be a source of income to lighten the financial problem of the diocese.
Finally it was decided to start the registration of students on 25 June 1993 and the sisters reached there on the 23 in the school building. The four members selected for the new community were Srs. Alfred (Superior) Sr.Seraphia, Srs.Rose Leo and Lissy Maria and Miss Elsamma as kitchen maid. They were given a warm welcome by Rev.Fr.Joachim, the parish priest in charge and few other priests. Their residence which was a part of the school building was blessed during a simple prayer service.
Within two years in the same campus diocese constructed a new building for the convent with sufficient land around it for the use of the sisters. Student sisters stay in the convent and attend a good convent college in Hindi medium conducted by Jesus and Mary sisters at Sardhana. Since the school is situated in an undeveloped area and the students belong to lower middle class families the sisters have to put in very hard work to educate them. In the beginning the strength was just seven then as there is another convent school just close by.
Besides teaching in the school the sisters take interest in visiting the families around, both Christian and Non Christian looking into their needs.
The needs of the parish church built later in the same compound are also looked after by the sisters. The sisters are also involved in looking after the spiritual needs of the parish in collaboration with the parish priest and the sisters of a neighbouring convent.