Very Rev. Sr. M. Susheela A.C.
11th Superior General of the Apostolic Carmel Congregation


The Congregation that pioneered women’s education along the West Coast has its origin in Bayonne, France, founded by Mother Veronica of the Passion in 1868. However, it grew in India as an Indian Congregation after its establishment in India on 19th November 1870. The Apostolic Carmel has now spread across India and to other mission countries.

We are happy to present to you with the re-launching of the website who we are, who our foundress is, what we are mission entails and our desire to reach out not only to our own sisters, Apostolic Carmel associates, our staff, students and their parents but to all near and far. We will also be happy to have your response to the website.

May Mary, our Mother Queen Beauty of Carmel protect you under her mantle and guard you with her scapular. May our Foundress, Venerable mother Veronica of the Passion be an inspiration to all to seek God who is our only sufficiency.

Mother Veronica of the Passion

Foundress of the Apostolic Carmel


The Apostolic Carmel Congregation was founded by Mother Mary Veronica of the Passion née Sophie Leeves, a Protestant convert to Catholicism, on 16 July 1868, in Bayonne, France. Sophie was born at Constantinople on 1 October 1823, in a pious, cultured, English Anglican family. Her father, Henry Daniel Leeves, an Anglican Chaplain to the British ambassador at Constantinople, had studied at Oxford and came from a family which numbered many Protestant ministers, including his father Rev. William Leeves, Rector for half a century (1779 – 1828), of the Anglican Church at Wrington near Bristol, in Somersetshire. Her mother, Marina Haultain, was the daughter of a colonel in the British army and many of her relatives were soldiers and marines. Thus Sophie inherited from her parents a wideness of heart, fiery ardour, indomitable courage, perseverance in the face of difficulties, love for the poor and above all deep faith in God and love for the Scriptures. She was also gifted with singular talents of mind and heart, which were nurtured by sound education and wide experience.

Under divine inspiration, young Sophie broke off her engagement to a marine officer whom she loved much, that she “might be free to belong only to God.” Though her original desire was to become an Anglican religious and devote herself to prayer and works of charity, God was leading her elsewhere.


Is GOD calling YOU to serve Him as an APOSTOLIC CARMELITE?
We will be happy to hear from YOU!

The Apostolic Carmel provides you with an opportunity to answer God’s call —
If you would like more information, please write to:

Apostolic Carmel Generalate, 

6,East End Road,
Post Box No.4107,
Jayanagar’T’ Block P.O.,
 BANGALORE – 560041.
Tel: +91 80 26633710

Apostolic Carmel , 

Provincial House,

St.Ann’s Convent,
Mangalore-575 001,
Tel: +91824 2425286

Apostolic Carmel , 

Carmel Jwala,
Post Box No.11
Bayley Road,
Patna – 800 001,
Tel: +91612 2536795.

Apostolic Carmel , 

Provincial House,
Malaparamba P.O.
Kozhikode 673 009,
Tel: +91495 2370249

Apostolic Carmel , 

Provincial House,
96, Moore Avenue,
Tollygunge 700 040,
Tel: +9133 24711675

Apostolic Carmel, 

Provincial House,
94,Hill Road,Bandra,
MUMBAI – 400 050.
Tel: +9122 26443710

Apostolic Carmel , 

Provincial House,
Ananda Rajakaruna,
Mawatha, Colombo 10-01000,
Tel: 0094 11 2695043

Apostolic Carmel , 

Regional House,
P.O. Box. 286 – 00515,
Buru Buru, Nairobi,