Mother Veronica(nee Sophie Leeves)

The Divine Sower sowed a seed – The seed was a thought , a desire , a wish to spread the Word of God ; the soil was the heart of our saintly Foundress, Mother Mary Theresa Veronica(Sophie Leeves) born on October 1st , 1823 to Constantinople of English Anglican Parents.

On the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel the rays of the Divine Sun called it forth; for it was on the 16th July , 1868, that the Third Order of Carmelite Religious began to exist. On that day Mother Mary Theresa Veronica, Discalced Carmelite, and her first two postulants began their work for God in the first established Convent at Bayonne, France.

The aim in founding the Third Order of Carmelites was to help the Carmelite Fathers in the work of education and of charity in the missions, by establishing Schools and Homes for poor Indian girls of every creed.

It was to fulfil the aims and wishes of our Foundress Mother Veronica that Mother Mary Elias (Co – foundress), one of the group from Bayonne, came to India on the 12th of December, 1879.

On the 10th of November, 1880, she planted the little seedling at Trivandrum and placed the newly founded Convent under the protection of the Holy Angels. This is the Mother – House of our Congregation. Thus is Mother Mary Elias our Co – foundress.

The School was opened on the 22nd of November,1880. Very soon it was brimful of boarders , day scholars and Home girls. It is a flourishing Institution today, by the grace of God.

These past one hundred and fifty years we have been working in the mission, striving ever to maintain the Carmelite spirit of contemplation in action.

We have around 67 Convents spread in different states of India and abroad namely Kerala,Maharashtra, U.P & A.P., Italy, France, Germany, USA and Africa.

We are grateful to God for all His blessings on our Congregation, especially for vocations. The tree is still growing. It spreads its branches and invites young girls desirous of serving God in religious life, to rest in its branches and makes their own the aims of Our Congregation – namely education and social uplift.

“Journey of a thousand miles begin with a single step”-How true this saying is, Education is nothing else but educating the 3H’s i.e Head, Heart and Hand. Flos Carmeli School wants that every child has to inculcate the 3H then we can say that we are giving education which is the preparation of a child intellectually, emotionally, spiritually , physically, psychologically for life and for eternity.

We at Flos Carmeli inculcate value based education, therefore every teacher should be a bridge over which they invite their students to cross. Then, having facilitated their crossing joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.

Finally, I wish that every child that leaves this portal should feel loved , wanted and there by become the beacon which show, the light to others and proving to be good citizens of our country.

All this is possible when “we” as educators dedicate ourselves to this great service and find joy and fulfillment in the challenges of working with students with different abilities. And thereby make a difference for the difference.

Flos Carmeli Convent School was founded by the Congregation of the Carmelite Religious, administered by St. Joseph’s Provincialate Pune and governed by Flos Carmeli Convent Educational and Charitable Society in the year 2004.

It was a difficult task to get the students in the beginning but the God who brought us to this place was there to help to bring more and more students year after year.

Today the school has come up and the students are well trained to take up any challenges of the world.

I am happy to know that the school is updating with the “website” to the world to be known well about the performance of our students. We the Carmelites are well known in the field of education from 1880 onwards.

Our schools are spread all over India and abroad. We are proud to be educationalist because our best teacher and model is JESUS.

He loved and cared the little children and asked us the followers to ignite the minds of the children. We are aware that teaching the students means teaching the parents too.


We impart not only bookish knowledge but all round development of body and soul. The students enter the portal of our school like empty vessels but when they leave the institution, the vessels are filled with oil and light which brighten their path without stumble or fall. The teaching and non-teaching work so earnestly that they keep up the standard of our other schools. Our teachers are highly qualified to teach up to ISC level.

They cope up with the Management and work hard to take care of each and every student that enters our premises. The students are trained in drawing & painting,singing, instrumental music, band, cultural, co-curricular activities, sports and games. The students take part in national and international competitions and bring laurels to the school.

I wish all success to the Principal, Sisters, Staff and Students for the coming days andyears that you may bring up the expectation of our parents and well wishers.

I hope and pray that God may strengthen you all in every step and keep you in good health to carry out the task entrusted to you.