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The ever planted Carmel bloomed again in the heart of Malabar when our enthusiastic and courageous daughters of CMC from Jaya Matha Province, Pala took up the challenges to go to a land unknown to them to be His witnesses. The CMC buds shed their fragrance through out Malabar and its branches sprouted out as three Provinces.

On 31st December 1953 the Diocese of Thalassery was erected and entrusted to His Excellency Mar Sebastian Valloppilly. On 7th June 1956 the pioneers of St. Joseph's were able to start their apostolate at Koodaranji under the leadership of Mother Agnes. The seed Sprouted and multiplied under the leadership and evangelization work of our sisters from Pala Province. In 1964 it was declared as St. Joseph's Region, dependent on Pala Province and in 1969 it became a Vice Province. It was elevated to the status of a Province in 1980. The journey continued to the new pastures where the sheep needed CMCs attention and care.Over the years, the diocese of Thalassery grew as a strong and mighty tree. It reached maturity to give birth to two more of its kind. In 1973 and 1986, thus the Diocese of Mananthavady and Thamarassery came into existence. The constitution of the new Dioceses called forth the division of St. Joseph's Province for its smooth operation. As time passed, the CMC communities of Mananthavady became S. H. Region, then Vice Province and later declared as Province in 1983, 1989 and 1995 respectively.

In 1995 the Province was again bifurcated into two, St. Joseph's Province, Thalassery and St. Mary's Province, Thamarassery. At present the St. Josephs Province has her Mother House at Nellickampoil and St. Tresa's Convent Edoor has become the Novitiate House. The Province has, at present, 21 houses in Kerala, 5 Houses in Karnataka, 3 Houses in Jammu & Kashmir and 1 house in United States of America.

The CMC daughters of St. Josephs Province try to live out the Charism of our founding fathers through Contemplation and Action as well. We try our level best to meet the needs of the local church and the people around. The sisters dedicate themselves for the service of His people irrespective of caste, creed and religion. Few of our sisters are serving in the Schools. Clinics and other institutions and others are glorifying God through various services. Our Lady of Carmel is our model and inspiration to live the gospel values..

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