Carmelite Sisters of St. Teresa (CSST)
Mount Carmel College, Bengaluru, is owned and administered by the Carmelite Sisters of St Teresa (CSST). It is inspired by the teachings of Jesus Christ whose values were Love, Peace, Brotherhood/Sisterhood, Equality, Joy, and Service. As a minority institution, it continues to enjoy the rights and privileges guaranteed by the Indian Constitution. CSST was founded on 24 April 1887 by Mother Teresa of St Rose of Lima in the town of Ernakulum in Kerala.
Let’s take a moment and delve into the tale of this extraordinary institution, pioneered by the birth of an extraordinary human being, Mary Grace. Born in Madras (present-day Chennai), South India, on 29 January 1858, her radical views and ideology opened up a new and glorious chapter for Indian women. As a woman of substance and perseverance, Mary Grace thought beyond her times and chose to take a leap of faith in the field of education. Her prowess, aptitude, and charismatic persona led to many significant achievements in the field of education. She used learning as a weapon and a tool that enabled girls to become leaders and strong, upright citizens who contributed to the evolution of society.
Deeply involved in spreading the light of God’s love through her quest for human rights, caste reconciliation, gender justice, and social justice, she envisioned a new world committed to women’s empowerment. Her vision unravelled monumental operations and redefined our approach towards upliftment. This continues to be celebrated through her covenant with God expressed in the words, Amazing Grace. Mother Teresa of St. Rose of Lima spearheaded a new dawn in education. Several of her initiatives, innovations, and achievements in education and social advancement now seem prophetic in the dynamic national and global scenarios.
Her vision led to the foundation of Mount Carmel College, which now stands as one of the most renowned institutions in India, engaged in the quest to impart holistic education without discrimination on grounds of caste, religion, and creed. As a Catholic and a Carmelite Institute, it strives to promote the development of young minds by amalgamating the human persona, life, and the world. The management and the staff, faithful to the spirit of Mother Teresa, pay tribute to her vision by transforming students into citizens who are worthy of God, the Nation, and the World.