Become a Carmelite Priest

"Have you sometimes heard the voice of the Lord which through a desire, a certain restlessness, invites you to follow him more closely? Have you had any desire to be apostles of Jesus?" -- Pope Francis

Are you thinking of becoming a Carmelite? You can enquire about the Carmelites by writing to the Vocation Director

@ Kenya

Please Contact Fr. Lawrence Kinyua @ Catholic Mission, Mbiuni

Write to...

Fr. Lawrence Kinyua CMI
Mbiuni Catholic Mission
P.O. Box 29, Mbiuni-90110
Mwala Dt., Machakos

Tel: +254 712636848

@ Tanzania

Please Contact Fr. Julius Kamuti Mutune @ St. Thomas Catholic Mission, Manyire

Write to...

Fr. Julius Kamuti Mutune CMI
St. Thomas Catholic Mission,
P.O. Box 3044,
Arusha , Tanzania

Tel: + 255 756347726

@ India

Please Contact Fr. Seljo Veliyannukkaran CMI @ Jerusalem Retreat Centre, Kerala

Write to...

Fr. Seljo Veliyannukkaran CMI
Jerusalem Retreat Centre
Thalore 680306
Thrissur, Kerala

Tel: + 91 9567129208

Stages of Formation of a CMI Candidate

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.

Aspirancy / Pre-novitiate

Aspirants of CMI Devamatha province recruited from Kenyan Mission do their pre-novitiate at Carmel Minor Seminary, Donyo-Sabuk, Kenya. Formation house at Donyo-Sabuk is the first formation house of CMIs outside India.


St. Teresa's CMI Novitiate, Karaba, is the first CMI novitiate out side India. The Candidate from Kenya for CMI Kenyan Mission do their novitiate in this novitiate.

University Studies

All the scholastics of CMI St. Thomas Region, Kenya, are as a rule required to do their undergraduate studies before they do their theology course. Right now the scholastics do their studies in different major cities in the world, in different disciplines such as Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Zoology, Botany, Chemistry, Physics, Commerce, Literature, Economics and History.

Eclesiastical Studies

After the minor seminary formation and novitiate, the candidates of CMI St. Thomas Region are sent to major seminaries to do their ecclesiastical studies. Graduation in Philosophy and Theology is mandatory for all the CMI candidates to become a priest. Scholastics of CMI St. Thomas Region are sent to different seminaries for their ecclesiastical studies such as Hekima and Tangaza College (Nairobi), Dharmaram (Bangalore, India), J.D.V. (Pune, India) etc.


Before doing theological studies all the scholastics of CMI St. Thomas Region are allowed to take a year for practical experience known as regency. All the regents are attached to any one of the houses and help in a particular field of apostolate.