Carmelite Missionaries

Carmelite Missionaries

Founded, Date/Place 1860, Spain
Founder Blessed Francisca Palau
Canonical Status Pontifical Right, Dec. 3, 1907
Motto Union with the Church through prayer and mission
Charism To be an authentic sign of communion in the church
Mission Statement We the Carmelite Missionaries attentive to the signs of the time and with creative response commit ourselves to all the areas of our ministry, promoting spirituality and opting for the less privileged in order to improve the dignity of persons and care for creation.
Purpose To harmonize active and contemplative life
Arrival Date in Nigeria July, 1989
Lagos Archdiocese Health care, Spiritual Promotion, Computer training, Carmelite Missionaries Secular (CMS)
Our Presence Enugu Diocese, Nsukka Diocese and Lagos Archdiocese.
Ministries/Apostolates Enugu Diocese Formation, Education, Catechesis.
Nsukka Diocese Formation, Spiritual Promotion, Catechesis, Education, Carmelite Missionaries Secular (CMS).

Sr. Regina Akuabata Okeke, CM
Representative: Sr. Regina Akuabata Okeke, CM

Carmelite Missionaries
26A Pelewura Crescent
P. O. Box 3342 Apapa
Lagos State.

Phone: 08033064167


Our Apostolate

Our Fr. Founder:
Blessed Francisco Palau Y Quer, OCD (1811 - 1872), through a unique experience saw the Church as infinitely beautiful and lovable, and he lived his Carmelite vocation in serving her and wished that others do the same. From this experience, the idea of the style of life for the new religious family was born.

As a Congregation, our life of communion with and in the Church is expressed in three ways, namely prayer life, fraternity in the community, and mission in the local Church where we are situated.

Special Contribution in the Church:
Today in the society the adverse effect of corruption can be felt strongly. This being the case, the Congregation through her presence, prayer and mission contributes to knowledge, moral upbringing and patriotism.

Through education (nursery/primary and computer training), ignorance which is the root of many problems in our country is slowly being eradicated. In our school, some poor children are given scholarship as way of answering the call of the Church to opt for the poor and uphold their dignity. The youth are being given intellectual and moral training. We engage in collaborative ministry in the parish through health care.

Through pastoral work and catechesis, the consciences of the young who are the future of the country are being formed. The known way of teaching catechesis (rote learning) is gradually being replaced with explanatory and practical learning experiences.

Our presence as spiritual directresses to different pious societies in the Church helps in spiritual formation of the members. And the CMS who share in our spirituality and apostolate help to spread the good news through their behaviour, they also help to reach out to the needs of the poor in their neigbourhood.

These missions offer hope to the Nigerian Church and society as they add to the spread of the good news, growth and continuity of religious life in Nigeria.

Location of Generalate: Carmelitane Missinarie
00151 ROMA (Italia)

Principal House in Nigeria: No principal house in Nigeria but our principal house in Africa is in Kenya:

Carmelite Missionaries
Our Lady Mother of the Church
General Delegation
26 Masai West Road
Langata, Nairobi

We are present in the following Countries: Spain, Portugal, Italy, London, Poland, France, Romania, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, India, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, Ivory Cost, Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi.

Location of Formation House:
Aspirancy - Enugu
Postulancy - Nsukka
Novitiate - Tanzania

Sisters in Perpetual Vows

  1. Sr. Ani Theresa
  2. Sr. Oyeobado Janet
  3. Sr. Igwebuike Ebere
  4. Sr. Okeke Rigina
  5. Sr. Ochike Anthonia
  6. Sr. Ezugwu Blessing
  7. Sr. Agu Veronica
  8. Sr. Onovo Anthonia
  1. Sr. Eze Benedette
  2. Sr. Azih Judith
  3. Sr. Okoye Jacinta
  4. Sr. Eze Bridget
  5. Sr. Evelyn Ossai
  6. Sr. M. Odiase Ese
  7. Sr. Doris Okonkwo
  8. Sr. Okwor Beatrice

Number of Sisters in Temporary Vows – 10