www.cmikenya.com is an Informational Database about CMI St. Thomas Region, Kenya, provided by the St. Thomas Region of the Carmelite of Mary Immaculate. CMI St. Thomas Region with its head quarters in Nairobi, Kenya, is one of the main administrative units of CMI religious congregation.
Kenya is located in eastern Africa. Maize and beans are basic food. Dancing is favorite form of recreation throughout the country. Formerly ruled by the British, Kenya gained her independence in 1963 after a long fight. Swahili is the national language. Nairobi is the capital of Kenya. Basic unit of money is shilling. Population of Kenya estimates 40 million. There are an estimated 14 million baptized Catholics in Kenya, approximately 35% of the population.
CMI St. Thomas Region has at present more than 80 members including 50 priests, 10 brothers and 20 scholastics. Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI) is the first and largest religious congregation for men in the Catholic Church in India. Having been founded at Kerala in 1831, our congregation has grown beyond the boundaries of Kerala and even India and now flourish all over the world. We lead a life of prayer and apostolic service; there are among us contemplatives who live in ashrams, retreat preachers, pastors and missionaries directly engaged in spiritual ministries, educators who spend their whole life for the holistic growth of the young in schools and colleges, social workers with special concern and commitment for the poor and the marginalized, apostles of the media who spread the Good News through print and electronic means and so on. Manifold are the fields which await the young men who are ready to accept the challenge of Christís discipleship in the way shown by St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara and willing to carry on the charism he and other CMI founding fathers have bequeathed to the Church.
Formation of a CMI priest takes about 15 years covering Aspirancy, Postulancy, Novitiate, Juniorate, Ecclesiastical & Secular studies, and Regency. Students are directed various formation centres for learning different disciplines and to initiate to religious life.