"Mother Veronica of the Passion - Foundress of the Apostolic Carmel"
Mother Veronica, nee Sophie Leeves, was born in 1823 in a cultured English family. She was gifted with singular talents of mind and heart, which were nurtured by sound education and wide experience, as she was well travelled. God took possession of her heart so powerfully, that she first broke off her engagement to a marine officer whom she loved, and then responded generously to the call to a religious life.
Mother Veronica was open and generous in responding to God's will, and after much struggle, she finally founded the congregation of the Apostolic Carmel in Bayonne, France in 1867. Henceforth, her sisters across the globe would work enthusiastically for the upliftment of women through all round education.
The first group of Apostolic Carmelites arrived in India in 1870 and established the first convent in the diocese of Mangalore, Karnataka. Since then the Apostolic Carmel Congregation began in India, spreading its branches in various countries.
Mother Veronica's heroic obedience to the will of God, her life of faith and prayer, her wholehearted commitment, her outstanding humility and courage, remain an inspiration to all, who seek to dedicate themselves to the transformation of society, through the loving service of humanity, especially the less privileged.