Thiruvalla Monastery, Kerala, India A place for the meeting of the various rites

Thiruvalla Monastery, Kerala, India A place for the meeting of the various rites

St. Joseph’s Monastery of the Discalced Carmelites is the second oldest Discalced Carmelite Monastery in Kerala, the first one being that of Kottayam. It has a history of around 70 years. They were initially invited by the Syro Malancara Bishop of Thiruvalla, a centre for the Malancara Church in Kerala. Hence the sisters have a strong bond with the Malancara church, which in turn loves them and appreciates their life and mission in the Church. Although the daily masses are celebrated in the Latin rite, the chapel is well frequented by the Syro Malancara, Syro Malabar and Latin rite faithful. Our Monastery chapel is clearly a sign of unity among the Catholic churches of different rites in Kerala.

Recently Thiruvalla Community founded a new Monastery at Kolayad. Hence at present there are only 13 sisters in this one of the most beautiful monasteries of the sub continent.

Fr. Johannes Gorantla ocd, our Definitor General visited this Monastery on 14-15 January 2020 to encourage them in living their vocation.