Welcome to Sadbhavana : Carmelite Provincialate


The spiritual assistants of the OCDS in our Province came together for two days in order to plan about the growth of the Secular Carmel at the Carmelite Provincialate, Sadbhavana, Bengaluru, from 5th to 6th of December, 2017. Since there were some friars who have just taken up the assignment for the first time, there were input sessions on the first day, given by Fr. Rovel D’Souza (Provincial Delegate of the OCDS) and Fr. Silvestre D’Souza (Provincial Secretary), on the OCDS Constitutions, Province Statutes and Provincial Formation programme. There were discussions on various aspects of the Secular Carmel and their organization. Some practical decisions were also taken, which will be implemented in the course of time. We thank all those who made it possible to participate and contribute to the success of the gathering.
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Pushpashrama Brothers excel in Christmas carols
The Philosophy Students of Pushpashrama manifested their musical talents during the carol singing competitions organized by the Catholic Association of Mysore on December 3, 2017 and Carmel Catholic Association on December 10, 2017. On December 3, the Brothers participated in three categories and won three prizes namely English – third place, Konkani and Kannada second place. On December 10, the brothers participated in two categories and won two prizes namely English third place and Kannada first place. The brothers moved heaven and earth during these days through their untiring and constant practice. We congratulate and acknowledge the hard efforts of our brothers in upholding the name of Pushpashrama, Philosophy College in the carol competition.
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FIRST HOLY COMMUNION, Kempton Park, S. Africa
It was a joy to witness 44 children who received Holy Communion for the first time on Saturday, 25th of November 2017, at a special Mass at Our Lady of Loreto Parish, Kempton Park, South Africa. We acknowledge the role of the parish priest, Fr. Boniface D'Souza and the Catechists who prepared them for this big day in their lives!

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It was a joy to welcome all the Superiors of all our communities in India to Sadbhavana, for a meeting that lasted two days from 21-22 November, 2017. It consisted in the sharing the life and activities of each community and discussions on the agenda. The celebrations of the Province day enhanced the joy and brotherhood among the friars. There was a solemn Eucharistic celebration on the 21st of November, beautifully animated by Fr. Alphonse Britto. As it was the memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Fr. Lancy Lewis preached on the history and significance of the feast to our Carmelite life. In the cultural evening that followed, Fr. Provincial was felicitated. On behalf of all, Fr. Lawrence D’Mello raised the toast and highlighted some of his outstanding qualities, especially in administration, which is recognized not only in the Order (with the General still requesting him to conduct visitations) but also by many other Congregations seeking his help.
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Frivita and Nivita bag NBJ Yuva Pratibha Puraskar and Jeet Milan ‘The person of the year’
MANGALURU, November 21, 2017 : Frivita D’Souza and Nivita Cardoza, young budding youth are chosen for the ‘NBJ – Amulya Akash Yuva Pratibha Puraskar-2017’ in sports and art category respectively and environmentalist Jeet Milan Roche for the ‘Godwin-Sushma Rasquinha Person of the Year -2017’ instituted by Naman Ballok Jesu, Konkanni monthly. The award ‘Yuva Pratibha Puraskar’ carries Rs. 20,000 in cash and the ‘Person of the Year Award’ Rs 30,000 in cash, certificate, memento and shawl. All the three awards will be presented in Carmel Hill – Mangaluru on December 3.

Frivita D’Souza

Nivita Cardoza

Jeet Milan Roche

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Workshop on Team Work held at CARMEL DAN
St. Estevam: CARMEL DAN, a centre for Holistic growth of the Carmelite Fathers, St. Estevam organised a day workshop on Together Everyone Achieve More for the teachers and staff of St. Bartholomew’s High School, Chorão at the Centre at St. Estevam. Carmelite Br. Malvino Alfonso, was the resource person. He dealt with the practical issues in working together as a TEAM and stressed on the effective ways of team work. Speaking on the Classroom Management, he highlighted some effective means to deal with students. Discussing the various techniques of handling the child, Br. Alfonso appealed the participants to know the background of a child and focussed on the issues related to child abuse. Br. Malvino Alfonso welcome the gathering while Ms. Avelina Dancho, Headmistress, St. Bartholomew’s High School proposed a vote of thanks. Ms. Jenny Fernandes , teacher of the School shared her experience of the day.
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Viva Carmelo! The ancient Order of Carmel was enriched by the entry of yet another 6 members as these received the Carmelite Habit at Tapovana on 14th November, 2017 and pronounced their religious vows. Fr. Provincial who presided over the Solemn Eucharist preached a well-prepared and moving homily. “The path of holiness found in Carmel is sure and authentic and its spirituality, dense. This is testified by the number of cases awaiting today the honor of Canonization before the Vatican,” he said, as he commended the courageous decision of the six youngsters who were pledging their lives to Jesus with their mystical theme, ‘to be little victims of His love’. In the absence of his Provincial, Fr. Jayasheelan, the Novice Master of Tamilnadu Province represented his province as one of the candidates comes from there.
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The Carmelite fathers of Carmel Home along with the teachers of Mount Carmel School, Belur celebrated ‘Children's Day’ on Tuesday 14th November 2017. The teachers performed a beautiful program. The Principal Fr. Prakash Tauro thanked all those who have helped and supported towards the growth of the children and the organization of the celebrations.

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Finally the day dawned after a long awaiting. So much was spoken, so much was thought of and a great amount of preparation had followed to organize the inauguration of the Golden Jubilee of the Parish of St. Martin of Tours, Mpandangindo, in the Archdiocese of Songea. On November 1st after the Solemn Eucharist celebration of the Feast of All the Saints, at 8 am, the Blessed Sacrament was exposed for adoration for 24 hours in preparation for the novena to begin of St. Martin of Tours. Rev. Fr. Lucius Mahundi, the Parish Priest of Kitura of the diocese of Mbinga who came to preach for the novena was the main celebrant for the feast of All the Saints. After the mass Fr. Roshan Pinto the Parish Priest exposed the Blessed Sacrament for the 24 hours of adoration. Every half an hour the Small Christian Communities, the Out Stations, Pious Associations along with Priests and Nuns took the turn to adore the Blessed Sacrament till 8 am next day.
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City Deanery Altar Servers Camp held at Cordel

City Deanery Altar Servers Camp held on 6th November at Cordel Hall. Around 350 Altar Servers took part from 11 parishes of the Deanery. City Deanery Dean Rev. Fr. Victor Machado Inaugurated the Camp at 9am. Fr. Ivan D’souza & Fr. Vinod Lobo were the Camp Coordinators. The inaugural Prayer service was followed by a formal inaugural. Altar servers were divided in to two groups 4th to 6th and 7th to 10th. A talk on Family Values, Holy Eucharist, Bible quiz, Magic, games and action songs were the highlights of the Meet. Fr. Ronald Serrao and Fr. Rupesh Madtha were the resource persons for the meet. Fr. Rupesh Madtha spoke on the dos’ and don’ts for the altar servers. Fr.Ronald Serrao spoke on the importance of Eucharist and the things that we use during the Mass. Fr. Paul D’souza performed the Magic Show. The quiz was organized by Fr. Ivan D’souza. Children were enthralled during a quiz on various subjects including identifying biblical characters from pictures and things involved in altar service.
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Colourful Sports Day held at Padua School grounds
Bajjjodi: The annual sports meet of Infant Mary Parish was organized on Sunday, November 5th 2017 at Padua School grounds. First there was March past by the ward members. 10 ward members marched to the tune of the band. They were all dressed in colourful uniforms adding uniqueness and vibrancy to the ground. Then the stage programe began with prayer song by the Altar Servers. Parish Priest Fr.Shabas Crasta welcomed everyone. Fr. Alwyn Serrao, Principal Padua High School, was the chief guest. Fr. Alwyn Serrao hoisted the flag and declared the sports meet open. He also inaugurated the fest by lighting of the sports torch which was taken around by 4 leaders. Athelets ran along with the sports torch which was brought to the grounds and handed over to the guest of honor.
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The Golden Jubilee celebration of Our Lady of Loreto Parish Kempton Park, South Africa was held on 13th of October, 2017. Most Rev. Dunkan Tsoke, the Auxiliary Bishop of Johannesburg was the main celebrant. Rev Fr Pius James the first Provincial Councillor of the Karnataka-Goa Province preached and broke the Word Of God. Later, both of them participated in the blessing of the new Grotto of Our Lady of Fatima.
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Carmelites open their new centre at St. Estevam
OLD GOA: CARMEL DAN, a centre for holistic growth, of the Carmelite Friars was blessed by Fr. Eusico Pereira, Parish Priest of Santo Estevao Church, St. Estevam at Cupa, St. Estevam. Fr. Archibald Gonsalves, Superior of the Carmelite Monastery inaugurated the house and highlighted the purpose of the Centre. Br. Malvino Alfonso welcomed the gathering. Caetano Rodrigues and Donatina Fernandes, donors of the house and others were felicitated at the hands of Fr. Ronald D’souza, Provincial Councillor, Karnataka-Goa Province of the Carmelites. Fr. Pereira in his address, congratulated the Carmelite Friars and appreciated their efforts to serve the people. This centre of the Carmelite Friars which is a sister-concern of the Carmelite Monastery, Margao will cater the spiritual, emotional and psychological needs of the people. It will organise different programmes for the well-being of the different groups like parents, teachers, youth, teens, leaders for the associations etc. Carmelites are doing similar ministry in Mapusa at the Emmaus and at Divine Springs at Xellim.
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The fathers of Carmel Home along with the parishioners of Belur, celebrated the annual feast of St. Michael on Wednesday 11th October 2017. The main celebrant was Fr. Dominic Vas. There were 20 concelebrants which included our own Carmelite friars and neighbouring diocesan priests. Around 300 people were present for the feast. At the end of the Solemn Mass, Fr. Joseph Pinto, the Parish Priest thanked all those who had supported and extended their help to organize the feast.
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Solemnity of St. Teresa of Avila celebrated at Sadbhavana.
The solemnity of St. Teresa of Avila (Doctor of the church, Reformer of the Carmelite Order, Patroness of the Karnataka – Goa Province and the Patroness of Sadbhavana community) was celebrated at Sadbhavana on Sunday, 15th of October 2017 at 6:30 p.m. The solemn Eucharistic celebration was presided over by V. Rev Fr. A. S. Anthony Swamy (Chancellor and PRO of the Archdiocese of Bangalore), who also preached a homily emphasizing the doctrine of the Saint. Rev Fr. Paul D’Souza OCD honoured the main celebrant with a shall and bouquet. Rev Fr. Charles Serrao OCD (Provincial) thanked one and all for their esteemed presence. A fellowship meal followed.
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Fr. Joseph D'souza celebrate 50th Birthday
MARGAO: Fr. Joseph D'souza attached to the Carmelite Monastery Margao celebrated 50 years of his life on 15th Oct 2017 , Solemnity of St. Teresa of Avila. Fr. Joseph was the main celebrant for the feast mass of the Solemnity of St. Teresa of Avila at the Monastery Chapel. A special programme in the evening presented by the postulants began with the Prayer Service entertained the gathering. Fathers from Xellim, Mapusa and Honnavar community were present along with the members of OCDS, Legion of Mary, Catechism teachers and inmates of Lar de Santa Terezinha. Fr. Archibald Gonsalves, Superior of the Carmelite Monastery spoke on the occasion.. Fr. Joseph D'souza expressed few words of gratitude.
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Meeting of the Carmelite Parish Priests
The meeting of the Carmelite priests working in various parishes was held on October 10-11, 2017 at Sadbhavana, Bengaluru. The first day was dedicated for input sessions given by Fr Gilbert Choondel SDB and Fr Ayris Fernandes. The second day was spent in sharing and discussion.

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Weaving wonders with Palm Leaves
Bajjodi: Inter ward Coconut palm leaves crafts competition was organized by the parish cultural team on October 1st, 2017 at Infant Mary Church Hall Bajjodi. Parish Priest Fr. Shabash Crasta, Assistant Priest Fr. Ivan D’Souza, Parish council Vice President Mr. Joseph Mascarenhas & Secretary Irene Pinto were present. The real success behind this competition was the enthusiasm of the participants. 9 wards took part in the competition and showcased their creative minds using Palm leaves. All the items captured the attention of the parishioners. Sr. Anitha and Sr. Sushma judged the competition. Mrs. Irene Pinto, Mrs. Molly Concesso and Mr. Victor Pinto were the conveners of this competition.
The winners are as follows:
First Place: St. Anthony Ward
Second Place : Vailankani Ward
Third Place: Sacred Heart Ward
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Konkani book on St. Therese of Child Jesus released
Margao:A book on St. Therese of Child Jesus- ‘Bhagevont Therese - Pormollit Sallok.’ written by Fr. Ave Maria Afonso was released at the hands of Fr. Avinash Rebelo, Parish Priest of Holy Spirit Church, Margao. Fr. Silvestre D’Souza speaking on the occasion introduced the book to the gathering. Recalling the genesis of the book he said that the musical operetta titled ‘Bhagevont Therese - Pormollit Sallok’, written by Fr. Ave Maria Afonso was presented by the Carmelites in the year 1997 to mark the death Centenary of this Carmelite Saint. Today, we have the same operetta in the form of a book. Appreciating the literary talents of Fr. Ave, he expressed his gratitude on behalf of the Carmelites to him and appealed to the gathering to glean from the book to know the spirituality of St. Therese and the depth of the work.
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Our Provincial Superior, Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao arrived on 12th of September and visited all our communities in the Eastern region of Canada till 17th of September. The first annual gathering of all the friars in the Canada region in this triennium was held from 18th to 20th September at Little Flower Monastery – Carmel Hill, Deroche, Vancouver. The first day began with the Holy Eucharistic celebration with the participation of the Secular Carmelites. Two Secular Carmelite candidates pronounced their definitive vows and one was accepted into Secular Carmelite community. After the Solemn Eucharistic Celebration the newly installed Stations of the Cross were blessed by Rev. Fr. Provincial, while Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza cut the ribbon and declared the Stations of the Cross open to public. 
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Carmelites open new Stations of the Cross trail

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Canadian Conclave!
In the regional meeting of the Canadian Carmelites held at Carmel Hill, Deroche from September 18th to 20th, Fr. Charles Serrao, Provincial Superior announced the election of Fr. Jerald D’Souza as the regional superior, Fr. Melwyn Pinto as bursar, Fr. Ranjan Dsa as the coordinator from Eastern region and Fr. Steny Mascarenhas as the OCDS Provincial Delegate. Fr. Jerald D’Souza was a pioneer missionary who came to Canada in 2001 along with Fr. Mario Fernandes. After serving as associate pastor in a couple of parishes he became the first parish priest of Guardian Angel’s parish in downtown Vancouver which serves now as the headquarters of the Canadian Carmelite region. Later he was transferred to St. Edmund’s parish which he has successfully spearheaded for the past 8 years. Being very kind and gentle Fr. Jerry has a mother’s heart with which he attracts young and old to Christ. He has already served the region in the capacities of vocation promoter, bursar and provincial delegate to the OCDS. He received the mantle of leadership from Fr. Rudolf D’Souza who for the past two terms served the region with much zeal and dedication.
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Lower Mainland OCDS Ceremonies
Monday, September 18, 2017 was a most memorable day for the Lower Mainland OCDS Communities who celebrated their ceremonies at Little Flower Monastery for the first time. The day started with Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Provincial Charles Serrao and concelebrated by the friars of the Canada Region including Fr. Rudolf D’Souza, Fr. Jerald D’Souza, Fr. John Pinto and Fr. Ranjan D’Sa who were all present for their curia meeting. Mass was offered for the repose of the soul of Felicia D’Sa, Fr. Ranjan’s mother.
Fr. Provincial officiated the clothing and promises of the candidates. Luc Bengono of St. Teresa of Jesus Community was clothed with his scapular; Virginia Concon of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Community and Jessie Wong of St. Teresa of Jesus Community made their Definitive Promises. Fr. Provincial’s message was simple and clear: Like the roots that keep up a tree, in Carmel, our relationship with God and others in faith keeps us stronger.
After Mass, every one proceeded up the hill to witness the inauguration and blessing by Fr. Provincial of the newly completed Stations of the Cross. The event concluded perfectly with a delightful buffet lunch shared by the friars and the seculars. It was a joyful and jubilant Carmelite family celebration! To steal an expression of Fr. Provincial when he praised Fr. Rudolf for his accomplishments, most of us seculars were filled with “holy jealousy” of our candidates for such a blessed day with all the friars in attendance. Thanks go to Fr. Jerald D’Souza, our Provincial Delegate, for orchestrating and making the occasion so special.
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Thursday 21st, 2017 was a special day to St. Martin of Tours, Mpandangindo in the Archdiocese of Songea. 60 children; 15 from Liweta, 7 from Kituro and 38 from Mpandangindo itself received the Sacrament of Confirmation from the hands of Very Rev. Fr. Camillus Haule, the Vicar General of the Archdiocese. At 10 am the Eucharistic celebration was presided over by the Vicar General and concelebrated by the Rev. Fr. Roshan Pinto, the Parish Priest and Fr. Raymond Santhanaz. After the Holy Communion the Confirmation children were congratulated by the Vicar General and the priests. Then the Vicar General was congratulated and thanked for his service and honoured him with the gift of a male goat. Even the catechists were congratulated and thanked for their sincere service of teaching the catechism to the children. After the blessing there was a photo session of the children as well as of their parents and sponsors. All the children and the leaders joined for the food.
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MONTI FEST at Infant Jesus Shrine Pushpashrama
The feast of the nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. After the 9 days novenas with flowers, sweets and masses; we had a grand celebration of the birthday of Mary on September 8th. There were 2 masses to mark the event of the day- at 6.45am mass in English; 6.00pm mass in Kannada. All were given new corn (paddy/grains) as a symbol of the harvest festival and sugar canes to double the joy. Secondly the children of the Infant Jesus Children’s Association led the choir and conducted a beautiful and meaningful liturgy. During the Holy Mass the newly formed “Infant Jesus Children’s Association” was inaugurated. And in the noon we celebrated the birthday of Mother Mary with 52 types of dishes to boost the family spirit.
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Family feast celebrated at Infant Mary Chruch, Bajjodi
Bajjodi, Sep. 8: The cultural programe of the family feast began at 5.30pm in the Parish community hall. The programe began with the prayer song by the Altar Servers. Soon after a short stage programe was held. Chief guest Episcopal Vicar, Rev. Fr. Pius James, Guest of honour, St. Joseph Monastry, Rector, Rev. Fr. Wilfred Rodrigues, Asst. Priest Fr. Ivan D’souza, Vice President, Mr. Joseph Mascarenhas, Secretary Irene Pinto were then led to the stage by Parish Priest Fr. Shabas Crasta. In the beginning secretary Mrs. Irene Pinto welcomed the gathering. Soon after that all those who were present on the dais offered flowers to Infant Mary. Fr. Pius James D’souza in his message stressed that in every family members should always come together, pray together and eat together. There should be always joy in the family. Parish Priest, Fr. Shabas Crasta thanked everyone for their whole hearted support and invited everyone to build a good parish community.
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Monti Fest Celebrated at Infant Mary Church, Bajjodi
Bajjodi:The nativity feast of Mary was celebrated with utmost devotion at Infant Mary Church, Bajjodi on Friday September 8th. At 7.45am new corn was blessed by St. Joseph Monastery Rector Rev. Fr. Wilfred Rodrigues. After the blessing children showered flower petals to Mother Mary. Later children walked in procession with adults to the Church. Fr. Wilfred Rodrigues celebrated the festal mass together with Parish Priest Fr. Shabas Crasta, Assistant Priest Fr.Ivan D’souza and Fr. Jocy D’souza. Fr. Wilfred Rodrigues in his homily said that feast of Nativity of Mary or traditional called as Monti Fest is the occasion of thanksgiving to the Almighty for the abundance of graces that he has showered on mankind. The family bonding is essential for better relations and it is the time to introspect on one’s life. At the end Fr. Shabas thanked the donors. After the Feast Mass, people returned home with the blessed new paddy and the children cherished the day as sugar canes were distributed to them.
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Matunungu was one of the Out Station of St. Martin of Tour Parish, Mpandangindo – Songea. There was a small shed as a church where we used to celebrate mass for the people when we go or where faithful used to gather for Sunday Prayer when priests don’t come. In the course of time this shed was fallen since polls were eaten by white ants. Since people were not able to rebuilt, it went on like that almost for ten years. But recently the parish has decided to help them to rebuild the shed and to give them the privilege of having Sunday Mass one a month. Hence on 3rd of September it was an inaugural mass at Matunungu. Fr. Roshan Pinto, the Parish Priest accompanied by Br. Cyprian Kihwele, Sr. Rosy UMI and some leaders from the parish went to Matunungu to have the reinstating the Out Station of Matunungu.
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The Karnataka-Goa Province is delighted that 11 members and 5 candidates have come forward to pronounce their Definitive and Temporary Promises respectively on 10th of September, 2017. We cordially invite you to participate in the Solemn Eucharistic Celebration at Infant Jesus Shrine, Bikarnakatte, Mangaluru.
We offer our congratulations to all these members and wish them all the best in their life as members of the world-wide Discalced Carmelite Family.
Please support them with your presence and prayers.

Fr. Charles Serrao OCD
Provincial Superior

New Grotto of Our Lady at Agassiz, Canada:
Here is the link to the upgraded Grotto of our Lady engineered by Fr. Steny Mascarenhas OCD the Pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church - Agassiz. Fr. Steny has proved himself to be an able, dedicated, hardworking pastor in the parish and in the neighborhood and has united the divided parish within this short period of time. We congratulate him for his great success. Fr. Steny has introduced apart from Carmelite Spirituality among the people; popular devotions to Mother Mary of Mount Carmel, St. Anthony of Padua, St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila and St. Elijah. He has visited people in the parish and instilled in them desire for faithful following of Christ. His presence has enhanced the faith of people and has enhanced their desire for spirituality and contemplation. From time to time Fr. Steny conducts what we call Carmelite Meditation and Contemplative sessions.
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New Priest celebrated Mass at Mpandagindo!
New Priest is in Mpandagindo, at St. Martin of Tours Parish. Fr. Sandeep Kumar, our new Priest who was ordained on July 5th in India, celebrated his Thanksgiving Mass at Mpandagindo on Sunday 27th August. Frs. Roshan Pinto, the Parish Priest and Raymond Santhanaz concelebrated with him. He was introduced and welcomed by the Parish Priest before the mass and after the communion, he was greeted by the people by individually receiving his blessing. We wish Fr. Sandeep a joyful priestly ministry and God’s choicest blessings in his future appointment.
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The Feast of the Assumption of the BVM was celebrated on 13th of August at St. Martin of Tours, Mpandagindo-Songea. On that great day of the feast of the BVM we were also privileged to bless the Grotto of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The mass was celebrated by Fr. Roshan Pinto, the Parish Priest and concelebrated by Fr. Raymond Santhanaz and a beautiful homily was delivered by Br. Cyprian Kiwele, the Scholastic from Kola who has come for Pastoral experience. After the mass the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel was blessed by Fr. Raymond and all went out in procession with the statue to the Grotto. The Grotto was blessed by Fr. Roshan and the statue was placed inside the Grotto. The work of the Grotto was started on 21st July after blessing the site by Fr. Roshan after the morning mass of the day. We are grateful to all those who helped us financially to realize this project of building this Grotto of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. May God bless all those who helped us. It is said by our own faithful that this is a very unique kind of Grotto, nowhere to be seen in Tanzania itself.
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The Mission Congress in Tanzania is being held from August 15-18, 2017. We are very happy to communicate to you the results of the elections held recently:
Regional Vicar:
Fr. Sylvester Msemwa of the Holy Spirit
First Councillor:
Fr. Vivian Menezes of Jesus Crucified
Second Councillor:
Fr. Elius Malale of St John of the Cross.

We wish the new administrative team all the best and promise our prayers. Our thanks to Fr. Marlon Rodrigues the out-going Regional Vicar who was at the helm for four terms! May the Lord continue to bless him.

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The Karnataka-Goa Province is full of gratitude to Mons. Aloysius Benziger OCD, the Bishop of Quilon. It was his keen desire to renew Carmelite Presence in Goa and that, during the 3rd centenary of the martyrdom of the Teresian proto-martyrs, Bls. Dionysius and Redemptus (1638-1938). He is said to have obtained due permission from the Patriarch of Goa during the National Eucharistic Congress held a year earlier (29-31 Dec. 1937) at Madras (now Chennai). In spite of his age, he went to Margao, Goa in the company of the Fr. Mary Joseph (the first Goan Carmelite friar) to promote the foundation.

Today (17th of August, 2017), the Malabar Province along with five Dioceses of Kerala (which originally comprised the first and oldest Diocese of Quilon), is marking this event in Trivandrum at our Carmel Hill Monastery Church, where his mortal remains have been interred. There is seminar in the morning, Solemn Eucharist in the afternoon followed by a programme and dance drama. In the absence of the Provincial, Rev. Fr Oswald Crasta (Provincial Councillor) is representing the Karnataka-Goa Province.

Bishop Benziger visited Rachol Seminary where Fr. Paul’s father was physician. According to Fr. Mary Joseph OCD, Bishop Benziger blessed Fr. Paul who was around 5 years old. The following verses are composed by him in recognition of the Bishop’s eagerness and interest in the first foundation of what became later the Karnataka-Goa Province.

Inter ward Singing Competition held at Bajjodi
Inter ward Marian and patriotic singing competition was held for the children and adults on Aug.15th, 2017 at 4pm in Infant Mary Church hall, bajjodi. Mr. Santosh Veigas welcomed the gathering and introduced the judges of the competitions to the audience. The little ones from each ward sang Marian hymns and gave an awesome performance in singing. The adults were dressed up in their tri-color costume sang patriotic songs. Our respected judges were Rev. Fr. Maxim D’souza and Mr. Jude Fernandes. All the singers performed very well and judges had the tough time to judge them as singers really performed well. The audience enjoyed the good singing by golden voices of the participants as it was a treat to the soul to enjoy the good singing. At the end Parish Priest, Fr. Shabas Crasta announced the winners and congratulated the winners as well as participants for their wonderful performances.
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ICYM unit observes Swachh Bajjodi Abhiyan
Aug.15th-Bajjodi: To mark Independence day Celebration Infant Mary Church ICYM unit organized ‘Swachh Bajjodi Abhiyan’ at the church premises here on Tuesday 15th August. The cleaning which began at 8.30 am went on till 11am. Youth and parishioners joined together to clean the Bikarnakatte to bajjodi parish road and surroundings. Parish Priest Fr. Shabas Crasta, Asst. Priest. Fr. Ivan D’souza, Vice President Mr. Joseph Mascarenhas were present. Indeed this programe was organized to create awareness in people to keep our surroundings clean and tidy.
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71st Independence Day celebrated at Infant Mary Church, Bajjodi
It is a day of double celebration for Catholics in India. India, our Motherland was freed from the clutches of the British and thus attained its political liberation. Blessed Virgin Mary after completing her life on earth was assumed into Heaven Body and soul. That’s the feast of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary which Catholics commemorate today whole over the world. Faithful in great number participated in both these celebration held at Infant Mary Church, Bajjodi. The Holy Eucharist was at 6.30am celebrated by the Episcopal Vicar for Religious, Rev. Fr. Pius James D’souza. After the Eucharist, all gathered to celebrate the 71st Independence Day of our Country with honour and devotion.
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Sunday 30th of July, 2017, was a very special day for St. Martin de Tours Parish at Mpandagindo, Songea. It was the First Holy Communion of our children, and speciality was Rev. Fr. Marlon Rodrigues, the Regional Vicar presided over the Eucharistic celebration and gave the Holy Communion. Fr. Marlon arrived Mateka on 28th evening and came to Mpandagindo on 29th evening with two guests from USA, Mr & Mrs. Joe and Sheri, and two of our scholastics, Br. Urban and Br. Cyprian who will be here for almost three months for community experience. The Eucharistic celebration began at 8 am, concelebrated by Frs. Roshan Pinto and Raymond Santhanaz. 52 children received the First Holy Communion from the hands of Rev. Fr. Marlon.
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This website was launched in 2006 during the silver jubilee celebrations of the Karnataka-Goa Province of the Discalced Carmelite Order.

The ancient Carmelites founded in the thirteenth century were reformed in the sixteenth by two great doctors of the church, Saints Teresa and John of the Cross. These spiritual geniuses, while re-enforcing the contemplative dimension of the Carmelites, inserted a decidedly apostolic thrust into their spirituality, with special emphasis on the missions.

During the seventeenth century, we find Carmelite missionaries in several pockets along the west coast of the Indian sub-continent : Surat, Diu, Goa, Verapoly. In the eighteenth, Carmelites were appointed vicars apostolic of "the Great Mogul" and Verapoly. They are invited to attend to the pastoral needs of the Catholics in Mumbai. In the nineteenth century, the sees of Mangalore and Quilon were entrusted to the sons of St. Teresa.

Finally, in the twentieth century, the Discalced Carmelites opened their doors to Indian natives, who would henceforth draw more freely from the rich spiritual treasures of Sts. Teresa, John of the Cross, and other Carmelite interreters of the Good News of Jesus.

As Indian vocations multiplied, more and more foundations were made, and grouped into "provinces". Today among more than thirty provinces world-wide, there are five Indian provinces . One of these is the Karnataka-Goa province.

The aim of this web-site is, primarily to acquaint readers with Carmelite history and tradition; to share the spiritual insights of the great Carmelite saints and also give glimpses of the life within the province to all our associates. Articles of topical interest have also been included.




Rev. Fr. Charles


Rev. Fr. Pius James D’Souza
I Councillor

Rev. Fr. Ronald

II Councillor

Rev. Fr. Oswald

III Councillor

Rev. Fr. Clifford

IV Councillor

Rev. Fr. Silvestre

Provincial Secretary

We invite you to begin the day with poetic reflections on the day's Gospel composed by our Friar,

Rev. Fr. Paul D'Souza, OCD
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THE WAY LESS TRAVELLED, by Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD, Dhyanavana Publications, Bangalore 2015, pp. xi + 199.

The new book The Way Less Travelled, is the 31st literary product of Rev. (Dr) Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD. This compendium of 26 articles is a commentary on the Way of Perfection of St. Teresa of Avila, published by the Dhyanavana Publications of the Discalced Carmelite Friars of the Karnataka Goa Province (India). The Way Less Travelled is reader friendly that summarizes the doctrinal content of the Way of Perfection to make the work of the Saint easily accessible, so that The Way of Perfection may be more often travelled. This book was officially released in India by V. Rev. (Dr) Saverio Cannistra OCD (Superior General of the Discalced Carmelites) during the National Closing ceremony of St Teresa’s V Birth Centenary at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Health, Vailankanni, Tamil Nadu on 3rd of October, 2015 and during the inauguration of our Little Flower Monastery at Fraser Town, Canada on October 15th by Ms. Helen Chua Tiampo, in the presence of Bishops, OCD Friars, Secular Carmelites and a large gathering of friends.

The following homilies have been preached by Rev. Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD, Parish Priest at Guardian Angels Church, Vancouver Canada.The first three homilies are of his Lenten mission reflections in the parish.

The remaining are Sunday homilies which will be regularly uploaded. All our friends and well-wishers are most welcome to benefit from these reflections.

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You are welcome to benefit spiritually from the reflections of our Carmelite Friar - Rev. (Dr) Rudolf V. D’Souza, OCD

Retreat preached on the theme “The Kingdom of God is at hand” at Abu Dhabi, from 26 November to 2 December, 2009.
Day 1: The Kingdom of God
Day 2: The Beatitudes
Day 3: The Seven Sacraments
Day 4: the Ten Commandments
Day 5: Holy Mother, the Church and Mother mary
Day 6A: Family
Day 6B: Love
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Retreat preached at Ruwi – Muscat (Oman) from 20 to 24 January 2008

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Homilies preached on various occasions from 2007-2009 at St. Joseph’s Church, Mira Road, Mumbai (now the largest parish in the Archdiocese of Bombay) when he was Parish Priest.
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