"Mother Veronica of the Passion - Foundress of the Apostolic Carmel"
Mother Veronica, nee Sophie Leeves, was born in 1823 in a cultured English family. She was gifted with singular talents of mind and heart, which were nurtured by sound education and wide experience, as she was well travelled. God took possession of her heart so powerfully, that she first broke off her engagement to a marine officer whom she loved, and then responded generously to the call to a religious life.
Mother Veronica was open and generous in responding to God's will, and after much struggle, she finally founded the congregation of the Apostolic Carmel in Bayonne, France in 1867. Henceforth, her sisters across the globe would work enthusiastically for the upliftment of women through all round education.
The first group of Apostolic Carmelites arrived in India in 1870 and established the first convent in the diocese of Mangalore, Karnataka. Since then the Apostolic Carmel Congregation began in India, spreading its branches in various countries.
Mother Veronica's heroic obedience to the will of God, her life of faith and prayer, her wholehearted commitment, her outstanding humility and courage, remain an inspiration to all, who seek to dedicate themselves to the transformation of society, through the loving service of humanity, especially the less privileged.
Bhagalpur “The Silk City” is historically, culturally, geographically as well as politically very important. Geographically it is located on the banks of the holy river which is a part of our religious dogmas.
This city is one of the few ancient cities of our country. It existed in the past as the ‘Anga Desh’ ruled by King Karna. ‘Vikramshila’ the famous seat of learning is situated near this city and is a part of tourist attraction specially for the historians and archaeologists.
This city has a major influence from Bengal which is reflected in the life of the city. It has produced some very respected literacy figures like Sharad Chandra and Bankim Chandra a who lives here and completed some of their great works here. The city will always salute them for their contribution.
Bhagalpur reflects true favour of secularism as people from various religious, economic and social background live in harmonious coherence here. Though this religious harmony did experience a jolt in the communal riots of 1989 – 90, the city is fast returning to normalcy.
Silk Industry is the backbone of this town Bhagalpur ‘Tasar’ famous all over and a major item of export. Traders now are manufacturing cotton fabrics too. The town basically houses a handloom industry at large.
Educationally speaking, Bhagalpur itself has a University which is indeed a great thing. The city has oldest and best Agricultural College, Engineering college and of course a Medical College. The city has various Government and semi – Government run schools as well as few convents, who are carrying out the work of not only imparting Knowledge to the students but also bringing out and all round development of their personality.
In a nutshell, Bhagalpur thus has everything – a past to be proud of a rich culture, a good geographical location, a good industrial base along with the Mount Carmel School, which was the pioneer in imparting convent Education to the youth of Bhagalpur. It was one of the first institutions to impart knowledge in the world acclaimed language: English.
This institution was the blue – eyed bay of the Apostolic sisters and with this very idea somewhere in 1955, when sister Theodosia was the Superior and Principal of Patna Women’s College (An Apostolic Carmel Institution). She was called to the parlour to meet three distinguished visitors. The provincial from America of the T.O.R. Mission to which congregation, the Bhagalpur mission was assigned.
The Provincial who came from America was quite interested in an educational work and earnestly requested Sister Theodosia to make an appeal on his behalf, for an A.C. Foundation at Bhagalpur. This same appeal was echoed by both Monsignor and Fr. Martin, the T.O.R. Superior.
In 1956, when Mother General (Mother Sylvia) came to the North for a visitation, Sister Theodosia informed her about the pressing invitation to Bhagalpur. Mother Sylvia asked Sister Theodosia to do the needful.
Sr. Theodosia to do the needful made time to visit Bhagalpur. In the meantime the T.O.R.S had wonder fully acquired a large Bunglow, whien an unfortunate accident deprived them of all the three children they had, three daughters, who lost their lives in an air crash. Mr & Mrs Corty were disconsolate and decided to leave India for good. They offered their bunglow to the T.O.R’s for sale. The T.O.R.’s lost no time in securing it for themselves.
When Sister Theodosia came to Bhagalpur in March 1956, she was met by Fr. Martin the superior and also the Parish Priest.
He offered to give the A.C’s land near Parish Chruch and temporary quarters. But Sr. Theodosia made it clear to him that the locality was too far from the town and too lonely too. She told that she would prefer to have the bunglow in the heart of town. This was agreed upon and Mother General was informed about it. The foundation was approved by Mother General and her Council and undertaken by Mother Honorine, the then superior of Patna.
Mother Honorine generously undertook to help the institute in the new venture and supplied the new convent generously with every requiste to build the new convent.The house given to the sisters was that which the, T.O.R. Fathers had acquired from the Cory’s. The house was in a miserable condition but the Bishop got it repaired.Mother Honorine her self accompanied the pioneer – Sr. Adela in – charge, sister Frederica and Sr. Fabiane, who for the time being took the place of Sr. Pudentia. Sr.s Benedicta and Henerietta from Patna Community came along to render help and to be of service.
With the help of railway officials and the co-operation of the Patna sisters and workers all the luggage reached Bhagalpur safely.
Monsignor Macgary T.O.R and Father Aguinas, the spiritual director and chaplain of the community welcomed the party at the station with all the help and conveyance to take them and their luggage to their destination.
A small portion of the house was reserved for the community and major portion for the school. The little chapel was open for the public on Sundays. The Community room was used as a classroom during the day.
It was quite disappointing so start the foundation formally on 23rd June 1958 with only eleven pupils on roll.
What we sow today, we reap tomorrow and after with dividend or profit. However, if we have sown bad seeds or neglected them after planting the saplings, then the results may prove disappointing. And the plants will not be able to sustain themselves. Fresh air, water and good soil make the plants strong and sturdy , Similarly the manure of love, care and understanding will nourish the little children and train them to become worthy citizens of the country and the world.
All kinds of education and all work would remain aimless if the salt of spiritual perception is not added to season it. Our school children are taught the basic moral values which are common to all religions and which teaches us peaceful co-existence, world brotherhood and the essential unity of the human race.
Shakespeare said that this world is a stage and we are all players each with a role to play. Indeed great men of all ages have envisaged the whole world as a family as a single unit. We in Carmel teach our students to live in peaceful co-existence.
Excellence is as excellence does. The idea that Carmel promotes is to compete with others but more importantly to compete with oneself. Contentious self improvement has become the adopted Carmel mantra for success.
Perfection has no limits as change and evolution is a continuous and never ending process. Success lies in the journey and the accomplishment of goals during the journey rather than in an ultimate end. Carmel girls have been recording excellent results in the ISC and ICSE board examination year after year. They are also excelling in all the activities like dance, games, debate G.K etc.
So Carmel believes that school is a place where children are encouraged to say “I see it , I get it, I can do it”.
Sister M. Pratibha A.C
1st - Pooja 97.% (6 Pointer) , 2nd - Sarika 96.5%(6 Pointer),3rd - Tanushree 96.16%(6 Pointer)
1st - SHRISTI 96.1% (6 Pointer) , 2nd - ABHILASHA MORE 96%(6 Pointer),3rd - KABYA SHARMA 95.8%(6 Pointer)
Shalini Jha who won the first prize at regional level, went to Kolkata to participate at the national level.