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The Annual Day of Mount Carmel CBSE School, Ramnagar, Londa was celebrated on the campus ground amidst the pristine landscape on the 29th March 2014. The Carmelite Community at Holy Family Church, Londa headed by Rev.Fr. Jerome Moras, the Superior and Co-ordinator of Mount Carmel, Rev. Fr. Venil D’Souza, the Principal of Mount Carmel CBSE School, Rev. Fr. Elias D’Cunha, the Administrator had the privilege of hosting a triple celebration on same day. On 29th of March 2014, we witnessed the inauguration of the function hall at Watara in the morning at 10:30a.m.; the inauguration of the Residential block at the School Campus at Mount Carmel, Ramnagar; the blessing of the PUC block at 03:30p.m.and the Grand Annual Day Programme commencing at 05:30p.m.  Click here for more

March 25, 2014 Tuesday on the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, the Carmelite friars along with the Pinto family celebrated the golden jubilee of the religious profession of Rev. Fr Berchmans Pinto, OCD. The celebration commenced at 5-00pm at Infant Jesus Shrine, Mangalore with the thanksgiving Holy Eucharist presided over by the jubilarian along with other 25 concelebrants. Fr Deep Fernandes preached a thought provoking homily highlighting the consecration of the religious in the modern society. After the spiritual celebration all the friends and relatives assembled together inside the monastery premises where a short felicitation programme was held. Fr Prakash D’ Cunha compeered the programme. Fr Pius James D’ Souza, Superior of the Monastery welcomed the gathering.  Click here for more

The Inter-Provincial Conference of India (IPCI) has organized two weeks of pastoral course for the newly ordained priests and the deacons at Dhyanavana, Mysore from March 23 to April 5, 2014. The formal inauguration of the course was held on March 24, 2014 at 7-00pm with the Holy Eucharist presided over by Rev Fr Archibald Gonsalves, President of IPCI and the Provincial of K.G. Province. Fr Silvestre D’ Souza, Provincial Councilor shared his thought provoking reflections on the readings of the day and invited the participants to make the best use of the given opportunity.  Click here for more

7000 Catholics Participated in the Walking Pilgrimage from Mira Road to Uttan
Mumbai, Mar 22: For the second time St Joseph Church and Deanery Parishes organized a walking pilgrimage from Mira road to Uttan shrine. More than 7000 pilgrims from all the Deanary parishes participated in this mega walking event. The procession began at St Joseph Church by prayer service by Bhayandar Deanery Dean Fr. Anselm G. & Fr Dominic Vas after the first station of the cross pilgrims began their journey by procession singing hymns, reciting prayers and devotionally participating in the way of the cross.  Click here for more

The meeting of the Communication Secretaries was held on Friday March 21, 2014 at Sadbhavana, Carmelite Provincialate, Bangalore. The gathering commenced at 9:30 am through a prayer service led by Fr Archibald Gonsalves, Provincial of K.G. Province and President of IPCI. Later he welcomed all the six participants from different Provinces. They are Fr. Prasad from Manjumel, Fr. Vincent Dominic from Tamil Nadu, Fr. Joseph Chalichirayil from Malabar, Fr. Jose from Delhi, Frs. Stephen Pereira and Deepak K.J Thomas from K.G.Province. Click here for more

Karnataka Goa Province has a reason to celebrate and rejoice on the solemnity of St Joseph as the Carmelite Monastery at Margao completed its seventy five years (Platinum Jubilee). To mark this event on March 19, 2014 a thanksgiving Eucharistic Celebration was organized at the monastery chapel at 5-00 pm. Most Rev Filipe Neri Ferrao, Archbishop-Patriarch of Goa presided over the mass along with other forty concelebrants. In his homily, the archbishop highlighted the virtues of St Joseph and appealed to the faithful to show concern and love towards others in our families, neighborhood and at the work place. Click here for more

Kalvarir Rajisandaan - book released
Kalvarir Rajisandaan - a book containing reflections on the Way of the Cross was released on 12th March, 2014 by Rev. Fr. Pius James D’Souza, Carmelite, the Episcopal Vicar for Religious, Diocese of Mangalore at Infant Jesus Shrine, Bikarnakatte - Mangalore. Young poet and writer, Br. Joseph Cyril D’Souza, a Carmelite theology seminarian, known by his pen-name ‘Jocy Siddakatte’ has penned three sets of reflections on the Way of the Cross which is a Christian penitential practice of the season of Lent. Since this year is the Year of Reconciliation in the diocese of Mangalore, this book contains reflections centred on the theme of Reconciliation.  Click here for more

Blessing the Foundation Stone of the New Church and Monastery @ Gorwa, Vadodara
A good number of Carmelite friars along with the faithful of the Gorwa parish and some parishioners from Mira Road, Mumbai, assembled at the new property of the Carmelites in Gorwa, Vadodara on March 1, 2014. Frs. Melwin Rosario and Sunil Monis organized the prayer service near the construction site. First of all the Carmelite friars were welcomed in traditional Gujarati style. Later Fr. Archibald Gonsalves, Provincial superior led the prayer and blessed the foundation of the new church and monastery. The new Church will be dedicated to the Infant Jesus and the Monastery will be placed under the protection of the Little Flower. After the blessing Fr. Melwin Rosario (Superior) acknowledged the financial support of all the donors, and especially the Mira Road parishioners. He also thanked all those who made it to this ceremony.  Click here for more

March 1, 2014 was a memorable day for the Discalced Carmelites of the Karnataka-Goa Province as the first two deacons from Gujarat, namely Kaushik Parmar and Daniel Christian were raised to the Order of Priesthood. Though this territory was assigned to us in 1981, we could set our feet in this state only in 2004 and had to wait another decade for the first fruits! The ordination ceremony was held at St. Mary’s Church, Nadiad, Gujarat at 4-00pm. Most Rev. Dr. Godfrey Rozario, SJ Bishop of Baroda Diocese – a good friend of the Carmelites, was the ordaining minister.  Click here for more

Son of the Soil was raised to the Order of Priesthood at Mira Road
Mira Road: Feb.27th 2014 was indeed an auspicious day for the Carmelites of Karnataka Goa Province and for St. Joseph’s Church, Mira Road. On this gracious day the son of the soil, Deacon Nitesh Rodrigues was raised to the Order of Priesthood by his Excellency Most Rev. John Rodrigues, the Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay. Fr.Nithesh haild from Rajodi, Vasai diocese (second Carmelite Vocation from the Diocese). The bishop in his homily highlighted the duties and responsibilities of the priest and invited the faithful to pray for priests and also to pray for vocations in the vineyard of the Lord. About 40 priests concelebrated at the Eucharistic banquet and a large number of faithful took part in the Liturgy with greatest devotion. Fr. Ivan D’souza animated the Liturgy. 8 read more

The young priests of the Karnataka Goa Province gathered together for the yearly meeting at Anubhav, Mira Road from February 03 to 07, 2014. There were 25 participants together with Br. Malvino who was a young religious. The meeting commenced with the inaugural mass celebrated by Fr. Dominic Vas, Provincial Councilor for Spirituality who highlighted the various qualities of leadership and how the youngsters’ have to imbibe these qualities in their diverse ministries as religious and priests. Frs. Dominic Vas, Michael Shenoy – Superior of Anubhav community and other representatives among the young priests lighted the lamp and thus formally inaugurated the meet.  Click here for more

One Day workshop on Interpersonal Relationships for teachers was organized by the Emmaus counseling Centre, Mapusa, on 12th February, 2014. It received participation from a total of 27 teachers. The resource persons for the day Ms. Merlyn Fernandes, Counsellor and Ms. Tina D’Cunha, Assistant Professor, St. Xavier’s College, Mapusa, delivered interactive sessions on Transactional Analysis, Emotional Intelligence and Interpersonal Relationships between teachers and students. The highlight of all the sessions was that as educators, every teacher works tirelessly to prepare every child for the future and works towards increasing the students’ potential to face the world.
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Family Retreat at St. Joseph Church, Mira Road
Feb.7th-9th: Mira Road: With the theme ‘The Kingdom of God is at hand’, Fr Augustine Vallooran, director, Divine Retreat Centre, Potta and his team preached three days retreat at St. Joseph Church grounds, Mira Road. More than 8,000 people from different parishes participated in the retreat to praise the Lord and feel his presence. Fr Augustine Vallooran and his team led the faithful with praise, thanksgiving, sharing and adoration.  Click here for more

January 26, 2014 Sunday, the devotees of Infant Jesus came together in Sadbhavana to celebrate the annual feast of Infant Jesus. The festal mass commenced at 10.30am presided over by Rev. Fr Archibald Gonsalves, Provincial Superior along with other twelve Carmelite priests and three diocesan priests from St Peter’s Pontifical Seminary. Fr Provincial in his homily highlighted the various aspects of prayer and invited all to take the example of St Teresa of Avila who is the teacher in the Catholic Church in the field of prayer.  Click here for more

January 21, 2014 Tuesday, the community of Hegdenagar celebrated the ruby jubilee of the Ordination of Fr Joseph D’ Souza at Geddalahalli, Bangalore. The celebration was attended by good number of Carmelites, neighbouring religious sisters and the friends of the Carmel Welfare Centre. The Thanksgiving Eucharist was presided over by the Jubilarian along with twenty Carmelites including the parish priest Fr Jerome. Fr Pius James D’ Souza preached an inspiring homily quoting Pope Francis highlighted the qualities like Simple, Joyful, Peaceful and connected the same to the life of Fr Joseph D’ Souza. After the mass a short felicitation programme was held. Fr Jacob C. welcomed the gathering and Fr Deepak Thomas compeered the programme. Click here for more

January 18, 2014 Saturday, on this gracious day Deacon Cannio Remedio Cardozo, OCD was raised to the Order of Priesthood by his Excellency Most Rev. Anthony Alwyn Fernandes Barreto, Bishop of Sindhudrug. The Ordination ceremony was held at Our Lady of Candelaria Church, Camurlim, Salcette, Goa at 10.00 am. The Holy Eucharist was attended by more than fifty five priests and large number of faithful. The bishop in his homily highlighted the duties and responsibilities of the priest and invited the faithful to pray for priests and also to pray for vocations in the vineyard of the Lord.  Click here for more

Blessing of the Renovated Cemetery at Carmel Hill, Mangalore
On January 15, 2013 Wednesday the blessing of the renovated cemetery at Carmel Hill, Mangalore was held after the morning Eucharistic celebration. Rev. Fr Archibald Gonsalves, Provincial Superior conducted the prayer service and blessed the renovated cemetery along with other Carmelite fathers, brothers and faithful of the vicinity. Fr Gregory D’ Souza who took keen interest in restoring the cemetery welcomed the gathering and proposed the vote of thanks. Finally Fr Provincial appreciated and congratulated the hard work of Fr Gregory D’ Souza and the members of Carmel Hill Community. Click here for more

Infant Jesus feast at Carmel Hill, Mangalore
The annual feast of Infant Jesus was celebrated on January 14 at the shrine at Carmel Hill, with deep devotion and fervor, and brought about a lot of spiritual nourishment in the hearts of many devotees. The theme was “Prayer – the Core of Christian Life” and was chosen in preparation for the 5th Birth Centenary of St. Teresa of Avila, a Carmelite mystic and teacher of the way of prayer. The preachers for the novena days, well-versed in the Teresian doctrine on prayer, gradually developed this theme during the novena days by reflecting on various sub-themes each day. During these days, there were also special prayers offered for various intentions. There were 7 masses on each of these days. Click here for more

Feast of Infant Jesus & Inter-Religious Dialogue at Mira Road
"Save the Family life".

The lively and dynamic St Joseph Church Celebrated the Infant Jesus feast and conducted an Inter-Religious Dialogue session, on Sunday, January 12th at 6.30 pm on St Joseph Church Grounds. Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay Most Rev. Dr Dominic Savio Fernandes presided over the solemn festal Eucharistic celebration along with other six Priests. Soon after the mass the Inter-religious dialogue commenced with a prayer dance led by Parish youth. Bishop Dominic Savio, presided over the event with various speakers from across the religious spectrum. Click here for more

27th December 2013 was a memorable day for the Karnataka Goa Province members in Italy, as we had the solemn ground breaking Christmas gathering at our house at Avane in Empoli. It was a shiny day after days of incessant rains throughout the Christmas days. Good many friars made it a point to attend the venue quite in advance and spend time sharing the joys and sorrows. Fr. Donath and his community offered warmest welcome to all confriars with impeccable preparations and delicious flavours and savours in food.  Click here for more

WWell begun is half done! The Canadian Carmelites of the Karnataka-Goa Province (India) under the leadership of Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza have taken another bold leap. The ground breaking ceremony of LITTLE FLOWER Formation House at Fraser Valley, North Deroche Road 10789 was held on 27th December 2013, the Birthday of our generous and benevolent benefactor Helen Chua Tiampo. Though the day began with incessant rains making it difficult for the invitees to reach the destination on time; providentially it all subsided when the ceremony began.  Click here for more

Dear Rev. Fathers, brothers and Sisters,

We the Canadian Carmelites of the Karnataka Goa Province (India) are launching the construction of our LITTLE FLOWER Formation House at Fraser Valley, North Deroche Road 10789 on 27th December 2013 at 12 noon, the Birthday of our Benefactor Helen Chua Tiampo. We will have approximately 50 people for the ground breaking ceremony. We have obtained all permissions from the Fraser Valley Development Authority, the Architects Final Drawings of the building; landscaping and Car Parking Facilities are in place. Click here for more

Mega Christmas Carol Carnival in Mira Road
The Four days Mega Christmas Carol Carnival was organized by St. Joseph Church, Mira Road under the leadership of Small Christian Communities on 14th to 17th December, 2013. The carnival was blessed by Rev. Fr Dominic Vas, Parish Priest of St. Joseph Church and inaugurated by Fr Ivan D' Souza & Mr. Clifford Faria. Since the theme of this year was "Joy in the Family-Joy to the World" the purpose of this Carnival was to spread peace and religious harmony and to create awareness of Family Values said Fr Dominic before beginning the Carol Carnival. Click here for more

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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.





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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Rev. Fr. Archibald Gonsalves

Rev. Fr. Dominic Vas
1st Councillor

Rev. Fr. William
2nd Councillor

Rev. Fr. Silvestre
D' Souza
3rd Councillor

Rev. Fr. Vinod Lobo
Provincial Secretary



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