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Ordination of Fr. Sandeep Goveas
Rev. Fr. Sandeep Goveas, the Fourth Priest this year for the Karnataka Goa province, the fifth carmelite from the Diocese of Chikmagalur and first from St. Antony’ Church, Mudigere was ordained on the 16th of April by Most. Rev. Thomasappa Antony Swamy, Bishop of Chikmagalur. Rev. Fr. Richard Menezes conducted the liturgy. After the ordination ceremony there was a felicitation programme to wish the new priest in the order of Melchizedek. Rev. Fr. Richard Menezes was the master of the ceremony. Rev. Fr. Joy Francis raised the toast and wished Fr. Sandeep good health and happiness n the life to come.
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Ordination of Fr. Antony Stephen
It was indeed a day to rejoice as Dn. Antony Stephen, first Carmelite Priest from the Mt. Carmel Church, Mariapura, Bangalore was ordained on the 15th of April. The first flower from the garden of Mt. Carmel Church to the Order of Carmel was fittingly offered as the whole village joined together in the ordination ceremony. Most Rev. Robert Miranda, Bishop of Gulbarga raised our deacon to the order of Melchizedek. Rev. Fr. Deepak Thomas conducted the liturgy meaningfully. After the Eucharist a short felicitation programme was organized. Rev. Fr. Richard Menezes compeered the programme and introduced the Newly Ordained to the gathering.
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Five Carmelites were Ordained at Infant Jesus Shrine, Mangaluru
April 17th of 2015, was a special day in the life of the Karnataka-Goa Province of Discalced Carmelites, as five more members were added to the Priestly tribe! The Solemn Mass with the rich ceremony of Priestly Ordination began at 03.30 pm as around 85 Priests processed in the beautiful Infant Jesus Shrine at Bikarnatakatte, Mangalore. Most Rev. Aloysius Paul D’Souza, Bishop of Mangalore was the ordaining minister.

The five new priests are:
Rev. Fr. Kevin Felix Fernandes, from St. Joseph the Worker Church, Vamanjoor.
Rev. Fr. Arun Bennis, from St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Nirkan.
Rev. Fr. Prakash Lancy Rebello from St. Antony’s Church, Bannur – Puttur.
Rev. Fr. Joseph Cyril D’Souza (Jocy Siddakatte) from St. Patrick’s Church, Siddakatte and
Rev. Fr. Pawan Alson Saldanha from Most Holy Saviour Church, Agrar.
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Holy Week Celebrations

Easter celebration in our community at Maria Della Scala, Rome.
As the whole Church rejoices in the great feast of the Easter, the Friars of the Karnataka – Goa and the Vicariate of Tanzania working and studying in Italy, came together on 8th of April to show their fraternal love and to partake in the joy of the Risen Lord in our community at Maria Della Scala, Rome. The gathering began with the solemn concelebrated mass presided over by Fr. Wilfred Pais. Fr. Lancy Lewis broke the word highlighting the Emmaus experience of the Apostles. The community prepared a sumptuous meal. It was also an occasion to celebrate the birthday of Fr. Edwin Denis. Fr. Ivan Pinto the superior of the community thanked each and everyone present.
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Maundy Thursday: Sadbhavana
Maundy Thursday was celebrated meaningfully in Sadbhavana. Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao presided over the Festive Mass and Rev. Fr. Richard Menezes preached the homily. Rev. Fr. Provincial washed the feet of the disciples to commemorate the greatest act of humility performed by our Lord Jesus Christ. After the communion Fr. Richard conducted the adoration. Frs. Sivestre D’Souza, Canute D’Souza and Arun Lobo concelebrated. Good number of people participated in the liturgy.
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Palm Sunday: Sadbhavana
Palm Sunday was celebrated in all its solemnity in Sadbhavana. Rev. Fr. Richard Menezes presided over the liturgy. Rev. Fr. Ivan D’Souza preached the suitable homily. Frs. Canute, Richard and Ivan proclaimed the passion according to St. Mark. It was indeed a homely celebration with a large number of people. Mr. Maxim Lobo led the choir with traditional hymns facilitating a devout and meaningful celebration.
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Rev. Fr. Jerome Braganza OCD passed away last evening in Avila Jyothi Monastery, Mapuca, Goa. The Funeral is on 29th of March, Sunday at 4.00 pm at Carmelite Monastery, Aquem, Margao. May his soul rest in peace.

Birth: 30-08-1934 in Mapuca, Goa
Parents: Dr. Jeronimo Caetano and M.L. Blasia de Remedios
Into Carmel: 1966, in Manjumel, Kerala
First Profession:  11-02-1968, in Podanur, Tamilnadu
Solemn Profession: 11-02-1973, in Manjumel, Kerala
Ordination: 30-12-1973, Ernakulam, Kerala
Death: 27-03-2015 in Mapuca, Goa

Sr. Sagaya Mary makes her first profession
On the 19th of March, 2015, Sr. Sagaya Mary of Bangalore Carmel made her first profession in the hands of Mother Prioress. Fr. Clifford D'Souza presided over the profession ceremony and preached an inspiring homily on the life of St. Joseph whereas Fr. Roshan D'Souza OCD presided over the Solemn Euchristic Celebration. Fr.Richard Menezes concelebrated. The parents of Sagaya Mary were present along with a few neighbours of Cloister Carmel. It was a meaningful liturgical celebation with a meaningful litrugy condcted by the cloister sisters. After the mass all the invitees broke the fast with the tasty breakfast provided by the sister in honour of Sr. Sagaya. Congratulation Sr. Sagaya. May God bless you as you have taken the bold step to follow him closely.
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Fr. Pradeep Pinto OCD successfully defended his thesis
We are indeed privileged to have another master in the person of Fr. Pradeep Pinto OCD as he successfully defended his thesis titled ‘THE RELATION BETWEEN BRAHMAN, JIVA AND THE WORLD IN THE SRIKANTHA-BHASYA OF SRIKANTHA SAIVACARYA A HERMENEUTICAL EXPLORATION’ on the 12th of march, 2015. He prepared his thesis under the scholarly guidance of Fr. Henry D'Almeida S.J. and Fr. Stephen Thadam S.J. was the reader for the defense. We congratulate Fr. Pradeep for securing the highest marks and topping the class in Systematic Philosophy. We are proud of you. May you grow higher and higher. Kudos!

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A New Master in Philosophy!!!
We are extremely happy to inform you that, on 16th of March, Fr. Vijay D’Costa OCD successfully defended his thesis titled "The Sense of the Levinasian Subject and its Relevance Today" as a requirements for the Licentiate in Philosophy. (Emmanuel Levinas is one of the most influential 20th century post modern French phenomenologist and ethical thinker.) His defense session was moderated by Prof. Sidney Mascarenhas OFM, a well know Levinasian scholar in India, who was also his second guide together with Prof. Mathew Chandrankunnel from DVK who guided him to draft his thesis and two others readers. Fr. Vijay D’Costa also was awareded a scholarship for his thesis this year. Fr. Vijay we are proud of you. May God bless You.
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Fr. Arwin Tauro completed his Master’s degree in Theology
On the 17th of March, Fr. Arwin Tauro completed his Master’s degree in Theology at St Peter’s Pontifical Institute Bengaluru as he successfully defended his dissertation on the theme: KENOSIS AS PLEROMA: The nada y todo Spirituality of John of the Cross andits efficacy in shaping a better world. He drafted his thesis under the able guidance of Rev. Fr. Alfred Menezes OCD. Rev. Dr Prof. Jacob Parappally was the co-moderator for his defence. Congratulations dear Fr. Arwin Tauro and wish you all the very best for the future.
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Fr. Roshan defends his Thesis
Fr. Roshan D’Souza successfully defended his thesis titled “The Paradox of Weakness and Strength: An Exegetical Study of 2 Cor 12:1-10” under Rev. Dr. Lucien Legrand, Moderator and Rev. Dr. Alfred Joseph, Co-Moderator. The defence was at St. Peter’s Pontifical Institute, Malleshwaram, Bangalore on the 16th of March at 4.00 PM. This completes his Master’s degree in Biblical Theology. Congratualations dear Fr. Roshan and all the very best for your future ministry.
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Press Conference held at Mangalore Carmel
Press meeting was conducted by Rev.Fr.Pius James D’Souza OCD along with Rev.Mother Marie Celine OCD, Sr.Mary Imelda OCD, Sr.Jacintha OCD, Sr.Linette AC, Fr.Antony George SCJ, Sr.Linette AC, Mr.Elias Fernandes, Mr.Stanly Bantwal, and Mrs.Hilda Madtha in view of the Canonizaion of Bl. Mary of Jesus Crudified which will take place on the 17th of May, 2015
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Foundation Stone laid for Mount Carmel School at Shivamogga
The blessing and the foundation stone laying ceremony of the New Mount Carmel school was held at Shivamogga on March 8th at 12pm. Frs. Jerome Moras and Ivan D'souza organized the prayer service at the construction site. Rev. Fr. Veeresh V. Moras, Director of Shimoga Multipurpose Social Service Society(SMSSS) blessed the foundation stone for the new Mount Carmel School.  After the blessing Fr. Jerome Moras proposed the vote of thanks. Contractor Walter pinto and a few more distinguished guests were present to witness this auspicious moment. Snacks and soft drinks were served to all. Wish you all the very best dear Frs. Jerome and Ivan. Our prayers are always with you.
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30th Spiritual product of Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza OCD
The community at Sadbhavana, Bangalore was happy to release the latest publication by our well-known friar Rev. Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza OCD. At the end of the Sunday Eucharist on 1st March, 2015, Fr Silvestre D’Souza OCD, Editor of “Springs of Living Water” briefly introduced the book to the congregation. Fr. Jerald D’Souza OCD, the Delegate-Superior of the Carmelite community formally unveiled the book: Seek and you will find. The contents of this book first appeared in the form of articles in the magazine of daily reflections “Springs of Living Water.”
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Confirmation in Mira Road
It was a joyful day for the parish and the Mother Church as 215 young boys and girls received the gifts of the Holy Spirit on the 28th of February, in St. Joseph's Church, Mira Road. Most. Rev. Bishoph John Rodrigues confirmed them during the Solemn Eucharist concelebrated by the community Fathers. May they be blessed abundantly and become the effective instruments in the mighty hands of God.
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Junior Priests' Meet 2015
The meeting of Junior Priests of Karnataka- Goa province was held in Stella Maris, Honnavar from 2nd to 6th of February, 2015. Twenty four Priests and Br. Malvino participated in this meet. Fr. George Santhumayor, Councilor in-charge of On-going formation presided over the inaugural mass and preached an encouraging homily. Fr. Gregory D’Souza enlightened the participants on the theme, ‘Carmelites Spiritual direction’ by his experiential and wisdom filled input sessions. On the 5th of February, a mass for the people was organized in St. Sebastian’s Parish, Matadakeri where all the priests concelebrated in the Eucharist and prayed for the people.
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Ordination of Fr. Noel D’Cunha
Dn. Noel D’Cunha was ordained by Most. Rev. Philip Neri Ferrao, the archbishop of Goa and Daman on the 11th of February in the Carmelite Monastery, Acquem, Margao. Frs. Ivo Dias and Mark Furtado organized the meaningful liturgy. After the Mass Fr. Archibald Gonsalves, the superior of the Monastery raised the toast and wished the newly ordained all success in his priestly ministry. Fr. Provincial expressed his joy of having another young and bubbling priest for the province and congratulated Fr. Noel. On this graceful occasion he thanked his parents and honored the benefactors who helped Fr. Noel to ascend the altar of God. Fr. Noel thanked everyone who was instrumental in making him a priest in the order of Melchizedek.
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Karmel Dongrar Somyacho Pashav - 1 : Infant Jesus shrine, Mangalore
Infant Jesus Shrine organized Karmel Dongrar Somyacho Pashav - a spiritual program on first Sunday of Lent i.e., 21st Feb, 2015. It began at 5 pm with a meaningful and creative Way of the Cross held in the open air. Faithfull carried the Cross and meditated on the timely reflections on the Stations of the Cross conducted by Rev Fr. Stephen Pereira, Carmelite. . Rev. Fr. Deep Fernandes, Carmelite preached a fitting homily on one of the last words of Jesus from the Cross - “Father forgive them they do not what they are doing.” This spiritual program was ended with the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and benediction.

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Medical mission inaugurated at Infant Jesus shrine
Fr Joe Tauro , the superior of St Joseph's monestry inaugurated the Infant Jesus Medical Mission, a health information center at Infant Jesus Shrine on Thursday, February 19. Dr Naveen Rodrigues gave information about the center. Mark D' Souza gave information about alcohol addiction. Fr Elias D' Souza, director of the shrine, Fr Barnabas Monis and Fr Steven Pereira were present. Deacon Joseph C D' Souza compered and proposed vote of thanks. The service will be available on every Thursday from 10 am till 12.30 pm.
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New beginning - CARMEL PRERAN
With this Lent we the Carmelites have reached another milestone in our media ministry by launching CARMEL PRERAN in Daijiworld 24x7 local TV channel which is available world wide through website and android app. We are grateful to you for support and encouragement to CARMEL KIRAN which ran into 537 episodes from 30 Aug, 2013 to till date. Please note that CARMEL KIRAN will run as usual on Divine Word TV everyday morning and evening at 8. CARMEL PRERAN is being telecast on Daijiworld24x7 TV every day at 7.30 am. You can follow us on http://www.Youtube/Carmelpreran   and on http://www.Facebook/carmelpreran.
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Seminar on Consecrated Life in the Third Millennium: Hopes and Challenges : Dhyanavana, Mysore
January 26, Dhyanavana International Institute of Spirituality, Mysore organized a full day seminar on Consecrated life in the third millennium: hopes and challenges. At 9:00 am seminar started with registration and at sharp 9:15 am programme was begun. Participant’s response was enthralling and mind boggling. Sisters from 53 congregations from Mysore, ten congregation sisters from Dhyanavana and four men congregation brothers and fathers participated in the Seminar.
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Mission exposure programme : Dhyanavana, Mysore
January 21 to 23, 2015, a mission exposure programme was organized for Dhyanavana student sisters at Mariapura village in Kollegal district. It was guided by ODP NGO’S Staff members and it was headed by Sr. Felicie U F S. They initiated this exposure programme through P.R.A. method that is Participatory Rural Appraisal. This method helps to trace the needs of the villagers.
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As the whole Order of the Discalced Carmelites rejoices to celebrate the 5th birth centenary of the reformer St. Teresa of Avila (1515 – 2015), the Carmelites of Songea along with the lay faithful had the privilege to inaugurate this Jubilee year with a solemn celebration.
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more News & Announcements

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 Serrao

Rev. Fr. George Santhumayor
I Councillor

Rev. Fr. Silvestre J. D'Souza
II Councillor

Rev. Fr. Lawrence D'Cunha
III Councillor

Rev. Fr. Jerome Moras
IV Councillor

Rev. Fr. Richard Menezes
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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New book to be released
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SEEK AND YOU WILL FIND another new book by Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD. The book contains a beautiful FOREWORD by Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao OCD (Provincial). This is the 30th literary product by Fr. Rudolf. This compendium is a collection of his articles published on the Living Water monthly Gospel reflections by Dhyanavana Publications of Karnataka Goa Province of the Carmelites.

These articles are short but filled with common wisdom and practical material for anyone who wants to seek and find God's presence in daily life. We wish all the best to his new book and pray that this instrument may help all those who seek God in their lives to be powerful in their ministry and mission.

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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