Pope clement VIII began the mission in Persia with the help of Discalced Carmelites .This mission was established in Goa in 17th century.
The missionary activities of the Carmelites extended to the southern part of Tamil Nadu from 18th Century onwards and further to other parts of the country.
Today the province has 18 houses and missions stations over 15 out of 19 dioceses in Tamilnadu and missions in Chhattisgarh in North India and Srilanka.
Responding to the needs of the community, the province has undertaken various social work projects in Tamil Nadu. Initially literacy was given more importance and province prioritized literacy level programs in all the rural mission parishes.
Education being the main focus in the earlier stage the province established Industrial Training Centers to give formal and non formal education in technical fields for the youth.
During the course of time the mission extended its activities based on the need of the community. An integral approach was launched to address the holistic need. Issues pertaining to poverty, health and employment gave a new prospect.
This bi- focal approach aimed at addressing the present situations of the community and thereby improving their socio economic status.
Considering the fact the province started an integrated approach to all its province in the country.
Mission activities in Tamil Nadu gave a new voice and thus the Discalzed Carmelite Multipurpose Social Service Society (DCMSSS) was launched at Tiruchirapalli in the state of Tamilnadu in 2000.

Profile of the Director

Fr Simon Raj OCD hails from a middle class family from Villupuram district. He joined the ministry in 1986 with an aim to serve the community. He has been associated with the ministry over a span of 29 years.
Prior to this assignment, he has served in other diocese as parish priest and was involved in social work activities. He possesses a master degree in law from Dr.Ambetkar Law university . His immense commitment for the poor and their marginalized community for the rights has been commendable.
Fr Simon was involved in various right movements and has strived hard for the upliftment of the poor in community. This commitment and involvement resulted him to take up the position of the director at DCMSSS from 2013.
Since then Fr Simon has been actively involved in the social development activities of the society .His vast experience and knowledge has enhanced the organization to raise funds locally to start new initiatives for the communities.

About us

DCMSSS offers programs on women empowerment in the fields of tailoring , computer education, formation of self- help groups, candle making, and the like. Intensive sessions are being offered for the school children especially for the slow-learners through the vehicle of tuition centers. Rudiments on LSRW (Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing) to enrich skills on English is given emphasis. The visually challenged, the mentally retarded, the lame, the lepers, the deaf and the dumb, the HIV positive patients, the tribal, the quarry-workers and their offspring and the socially segregated sections are given meticulous attention for living a normal life. Fine-arts like music, dance, singing are part of the programs for the children.

Status : Catholic Priest
Congregation : Order of Discalced Carmelite.
Date of priestly ordination : 21.04.1997

General Information:
Date of birth : 16.06.1969

Contact details:
Phone : 99523 42653
Email :

Qualification Institution Period
B.A., Philosophy Kamaraj University, Madurai         1989
M.A., English Annamalai University, Chidambaram         1999
M.S.W., (Social Work)        Annamalai University, Chidambaram     2014

Work Experience:

1997 – 1999 – Coordinator, Village Development Association – Manalikarai
1999 - 2002 – Coordinator, Province youth activities, Tiruchy
2002 – 2008 – Superior and Parish Priest, Podanur, Coimbatore Implemented Women Self employment programmes (V Gaurd) 2008 - 2011 – Director & Secretary, DCMSSS – Social Service unit of the Tamil Nadu Carmel Province, Tiruchy.
2012 - 2014 – M.S.W., Studies, Chennai
2014 – 2016 – Co-ordination and Animation of School and Industrial Training Institutes, Manalikarai
2017 – Till date - Director & Secretary, DCMSSS, Tiruchy.