The Foundress of CTC

Born on 15 October 1831
Died on 18 July 1913
Declared Servant of God on 30, May 2008

The TOCD Congregation for women founded by Mother Eliswa in 1866 at Koonammavu, was the first religious congregation in Kerala. Her own daughter, Anna and her Sister Thresia, were the co-foundresses, who shared her charism. Mother Eliswa received also the members of Syro-Malabar rite and the congregation developed as a congregation for both rites. After 24 years, the TOCD for women was divided according to rites and two congregations were formed. The Latin branch is the Congregation of Teresian Carmelites (CTC) and the Syrian branch was the Congregation of the Mother of Carmel (CMC). The CTC has now 190 convents in 9 provinces and two regions. The sisters dedicate themselves in the apostolate of prayer, Christian education, running orphanages and old age homes, missionary activities, hospital ministry, women empowerment programmes, family apostolate social work and jail ministry. Mother Eliswa was declared Servant of God on 30th May 2008.


Servant of God Mother Eliswa

Oh! Sister, you have left the world and its enjoyments. You have kept yourself inside the four walls giving up your freedom, you separated yourself from your parents and relatives and now you have to bear the difficulties of the convent. I say this because you should not be proud thinking that you have done great things for the sake of God. Read More…


Dr. Sr. Soosamma Kavumpurath CTC

The demands of Christian discipleship are revolutionary and they touch the core of a person. A consecrated person, a disciple is gripped in the love of the Eucharistic Lord and transformed unconditionally to be another Christ in this world with His same mission. Let Servant of God Mother Eliswa,our foundress who experienced the transforming Read More…


Contemplative union with God in a life of communion through charity and Ecclesial Service.


Passion for Christ and compassion for humanity.