The mission of education and the promotion of human culture is the commitment of the church throughout the centuries. It is the support and the goodwill of the people that enables the church to keep on exercising its mission for better world.
We the sons of Prophet Elijah, belongs to the prophetic school. The concept of the relationship of school, master and disciple are thus a unique characteristic of Carmel in the whole biblical history. The order of Carmel has imbided this Elijan tradition and continues to be one of the best schools of spirituality and learning at the heart of the Church and in every local context.
There are no sufficient colleges in Paravur to accommodate the students who pass their high school examinations. There are many schools but no regular colleges. The only other college in Paravur has four shifts, and cannot do justice to the learning process of the less privileged.
With heartfelt gratitude we acknowledge the wonderful works that Mr. and Mrs. Cappallutti have been rendering to the youth of our time in Europe and outside Europe. It is a Carmelite privilege to join our hands with them towards the same goal. We the Carmel in India thank the couple for realizing a Chris Cappell College at Paravur, in remembrance of their beloved son, Chris. [Christian Cappalluti, or Chris Cappell as he close to be called as a strange name, and a unique figure of a young musician. He was born in 1975, and left this world in August 1998 when he was barely23 years old. It was a brief, but one that was full, full to overflowing even, marked by a rooted passion for creativity and artistic expression, especially in music].
Most Rev. Fr. Joseph Chalmers O.Carm, Prior General of the Order of Carmel, and his council initiated the project for the Carmelites to start on an educational apostolate with Chris Cappell College the Carmelaram complex,Paravur.
So Chris Cappell College envisages imparting knowledge, transmitting culture and moldings personalities through the plus one, plus two and degree courses. The college also aims at disseminating information on development programmes and involving and improving the participation of the traditionally deprived sections of society, especially in our locality. These deprived people can at the very least, afford transport costs in order to come to this well appointed infrastructure in their vicinity. They can also afford to obtain a qualified education, which will enable them to take their rightful place proudly in any urban setting.
In his address at the inauguration of Chris Cappell College, Very Rev.Fr.Alberts Herwanta O.Carm, General Counsel of the Order in Asia, enlightened the participants as to the Carmelite charism in the field of education.
We assure all that Chris Cappell College will be a college of excellence for the less privileged youth of a growing India.