Founders

Founders

The Carmelite Order

The Carmelite Order was founded in honour of Mary in 1282. Our Lady of Mount Carmel is Mary who, as a Mother, looks on Carmel and Carmelites as her own children, eager to reach the summit of Mount Carmel which is Christ. Mary is venerated as the first parent of the Carmelite family.

The Carmelite Fathers were called the First Order of Carmel. Then come the Institution of Carmelite Sisters (the Second Order), who spend their time in contemplative prayer. Being much stricter in their seclusion from the World, they could easily occupy themselves intensely with God. The Apostolic Carmel (A.C.) as a Third Order of our Lady of Mount Carmel was founded to love and serve God through both prayer and work.

Sisters of Apostolic Carmel (A.C.)

The congregation of the Apostolic Carmel (A.C.) was founded by Mother Mary Veronica (Miss Sophie Leeves, born on Oct. 1, 1823) a deeply religious and highly intellectual English lady. Attracted by Christ, she gave her entire life to God. Apostolic Carmel (A.C.) was established in Bayaonne, France and in India in 1868 and 1870 respectively. The main work of Apostolic Carmel (A.C.) is the education of girls at the School to University stages, with the aim of forming women who will play leadership roles in society. The Congregation of Sisters is conducting over 130 Schools, 4 Degree Colleges, 1 Post Graduate Training College, 3 Technical Institutes and 4 Secondary Training Schools in various parts of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Kuwait, Africa and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Patron Saint of PWC

Saint Teresa of Avila (Spain), Carmelite nun was one of the noblest ladies of the world. She was highly gifted by God and wrote some very worthwhile books. She is honoured with the title: Doctor of the Church. A woman for God and a woman for others, she is the patron saint of Patna Women’s College. Her inspirational words are adopted as College Anthem.

The Founder of the college

Patna Women’s College (PWC) is conducted by the Sisters of the Apostolic Carmel (A.C.), an indigenous educational body founded in 1870. Visionary Bishop B.J. Sullivan S.J., Patna, sought support in 1939, from the Apostolic Carmel Congregation to found a College for Women. Mother Josephine A. C. Superior General of the congregation responded. Thus PWC started in 1940.

The Foundress of the Apostolic Carmel (A.C.)

Mother Mary Veronica (Miss Sophie Leeves, born on Oct. 1, 1823), Foundress of the congregation of the Apostolic Carmel (A.C.) Mangalore, was deeply religious and highly intellectual English lady. Attracted by Christ, she gave her entire life to God. Apostolic Carmel (A.C.) was established in Bayaonne, France and in India in 1868 and 1870 respectively.