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The golden friar: Fr. Cyril Menezes
11th of February,2018 will remain a memorable day for the Karnataka-Goa Province of Discalced Carmelites, as Fr. Cyril Menezes completed 50 years in the garden of Carmel. There was a solemn Eucharistic celebration at the Infant Jesus presided over by Fr. Cyril, along with Carmelite friars from all around the province and a few diocesan priests. In his homily, Fr. Alfred Menezes explained the significance of the jubilee in the life of the religious. The meaningful liturgy and the soul-uplifting choir was animated by the theology brothers. A short felicitation programme was organized in the courtyard of the monastery. After a prayer song by the theology brothers, the cake was cut. Fr. Archibald Gonsalves raised the toast and highligted some unique facets of the life of the jubilarian, who was then honoured by the Provincial and his councillors with a Mysore peta, shawl and fruits. Fr. Anthony Kanapilly the batchmate of Fr. Cyril, who belongs to the Manjummel province and was present on the occasion was also felicitated.
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Today (30th of January, 2018), Br. Regan Paul D'Souza was ordained a Deacon by Most Rev. Aloysius Paul D'Souza, the Bishop of Mangalore, in the Chapel of the Bishop's House. His close relatives and our Carmelite friars witnessed the event. The Karnataka-Province congratulates Deacon Regan and wishes him a fruitful Diaconal ministry.
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Spiritual and Cultural Celebrations Mark Parish Annual Day at Bajjodi
The Annual Parish feast was celebrated at Infant Mary Church, Bajjodi with great pomp and fervor on Sunday 28th Jan. 2018. Felicitation to the sponsors and procession began at 9.30am. The Solemn Eucharistic celebration was held at 10am. The Parish priest Fr Shabas Crasta distributed the candles to the benefactors and sponsors of the feast. Rev. Fr. Peter Noronha was the main celebrant. 14 priests took part in the Eucharistic celebrations.. Fr. Peter Noronha preached a sermon on the theme ‘Mary the courageous woman’.  Infant Mary Church and parishioners cannot imagine parish day celebration without the cultural program to make it eventful and memorable. The Cultural programe began with a prayer dance by youth followed by stage programe. Vice President, Joseph Mascarenhas extended the official welcome to all the dignitaries followed by Secretary Irene Pinto reading the Parish Annual Report of happenings/activities. Chief guest Fr. Pius James D’souza, Episcopal Vicar, gave us the message that we need to have belongingness that this is our Parish. Rev. Fr. Wilfred Rodrigues, Superior of St. Joseph’s Monastery, Corporator, Mrs. Meena Pinto, Cultural committee coordinator, were present on the stage. Winners of various competitions were awarded on the occasion. Parish Priest Fr. Shabas Crasta in his message said that we need to give priority to Spiritual activities he also thanked the parishioners for their constant support.
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Feast of Infant Jesus, Madanthyar
Infant Jesus annual feast at Asha Deepa, Madanthyar, was celebrated with great solemnity on 26th January 2018. The concelebrated high mass – with 27 priests –commenced at 5:30 PM. It was well attended by over 500 devotees from in and around Madanthyar and the neighbouring parishes like Badyar and Belhangady. Rev. Dr. Fr. Wilfred Rodrigues Ocd, the superior of St. Joseph's Monastery,Carmel Hil, Mangalore presided over the Eucharist and preached a relevant homily on the them: “Internal freedom for a fruitful life.” He spoke on how we can attain total freedom and become fruitful by change of heart and mind. The devotees left the campus with real joy and spiritual enhancement. After the celebration refreshment was shared with all the devotees, while priests and religious were served monastic festal dinner to enhance fraternity and well being.
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A Seminar on Discernment…

On January 21, 2018, Dhyanavana, International Institute of Spirituality, in association with CRI Mysore Diocese, organized a full day seminar on Discernment…The Art of Psycho-Spiritual Discernment in Religious Life, in Pushpashrama Auditorium, Mysore. At 9:00 a.m. the seminar started with registration and at around 9:15 am the programme began. The Seminar commenced by invoking God’s blessings. Rev. Sr. Juanita CSST Provincial, Inaugurated the Seminar. The CRI Provincials were the Chief Guests and Rev. Fr. Dominic Vas OCD - Director of Dhyanavana welcomed the gathering and briefed the audience about the purpose of the seminar. The lighting of the lamp was done by all the dignitaries of the Seminar. The Seminar was a grand success for which many priests, religious and brothers from near and far attended the seminar accounting to around 400 in number.
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We thank God for all the blessings he has showered on the community of OCD Nuns at Hassan Carmel. Initially the inauguration of the Carmel was fixed for 8th of December, 1992, but because of the Ayodhya problem, it had to be shifted to 14th of December. Fr. Gregory D'Souza OCD (then Provincial) and Fr. Joe Tauro (then First Prov. Councillor) braved the hostile and tensed situation prevailing around and made it in time for the Eucharistic celebration. Now 25 years later, the thanksgiving Mass was celebrated on 14th of December, 2017, presided over by Most Rev. Thomasappa Anthony Swamy, the Bishop of Chickmagalur. There were 22 priests who concelebrated. At the beginning the following lighted the Jubilee lamp: The Bishop, Fr Charles Serrao (Provincial), Fr. Ronald Cardoza (Parish Priest of Hassan), Fr. Dominic Savio SDB (Superior of the Salesians, who are their regular chaplains), Fr. James Gonsalves SJ (Confessor), Sr. Jacintha OCD (representing the Mother Carmel of Mangalore), Sr. Cynthia (Sisters of Charity, representing the religious) and Mrs. Zita Sham (representing the benefactors and friends).
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Infant Jesus honored by the Devotees @ Pushpashrama
On January 7, 2018, the annual feast of the Infant Jesus was celebrated at Pushpashrama, Mysore. Before the sun rose in the beautiful landscape and the historical city of Mysore, the radiant light of Infant Jesus had already started illumining it from the beautiful shrine at Pushpashrama. The shrine clad with beautiful flowers of different hues and wonderful illuminations, the church appeared even more elegant as the faithful had already gathered for the holy mass at 6:45 a.m. The mass celebrated in Syrian rite was presided over by Fr. Jomi Mekkunel CMI, with which the kick started for the festivity of the day. Another mass soon followed this at 8:15 a.m. which was celebrated by the Vicar Provincial of the Discalced Carmelites of the K.G. Province, Fr. Pius James D’Souza OCD. The Mass was accompanied by the string ensemble and choir led by Mr. Sudeep Christie and Sir Felix which truly solemnized it.
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Infant Jesus Feast: Third Day of the Triduum at Pushpashrama
Poverty of Jesus! This being the theme for the last day of the Triduum in honour of Infant Jesus, the day dawned with a Eucharistic celebration offered by Fr. Oswald Crasta OCD. As the feast was fast approaching a lot of preparation took place in and around the campus with the Pushpashrama Fathers and Brothers putting on their best foot forward to make the celebration a wonderful one. In the evening, Tamil mass was celebrated by Fr. Antony M, the liturgy of which was enriched by the symphony of the Tamil Association choir. This was followed by Kannada mass which was devoutly presided over by Fr. Dominic Vas OCD. As there was a special prayer service for children, tiny tots with happy hearts gathered around the holy altar. The Carmelite priests stormed heavens by their prayers for these children, who witnessed the love of Jesus in their hearts. The Gayathri Puram Parish also helped the liturgy by their melodious choir. Soon after the mass, the devotees partook in the food served due to the generous hearts of the benefactors.
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Infant Jesus Feast: Second Day of the Triduum at Pushpashrama
On the second day of the Triduum in honour of Infant Jesus, the atmosphere around the Infant Jesus shrine was of high sanctity and holiness as more and more people flocked to the shrine. The theme being ‘Poverty of Mary’, the devotees were blessed to witness a Eucharistic celebration at the break of the day which was presided over by Fr Vinod Lobo OCD. However the flock intensified for the Tamil and Kannada mass celebrated by Frs. Amal Raj from Guru Mandir and Alphonse Britto OCD and the church was filled to its capacity. The seraphic choir by the Pushpashrama brothers, Tamil Association and B. M. Shree Nagar parish made the liturgy more meaningful. After the spiritual nourishment, the devotees were also physically nourished as they relished the tasty ‘Annasantarpane’.
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The small village of Watare in the parish of Londa, was jubilant on 30th of December, 2017, as it prepared for the Priestly Ordination of two brothers, Deac. Peter Pereira OCD and Deac. Sebastian Pereira SJ. The ordaining prelate, Most Rev. Peter Machado said that in Christmas Season we celebrate the birth of Jesus and on this day twins are born into the priesthood! Further he noted, how along the highway there are many boards warning people of the presence of wild animals in the area. Now we had to put up a new one near Watare: Priests and Sisters are here!
There were over 50 priests who concelebrated at the Mass, prominent among whom were the two provincials: Fr. Charles Serrao OCD of the Carmelites and Fr. Roland Coelho SJ of the Jesuits.
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Childrens' Day at Mpandangindo
The Feast of the Holy Innocents on 28th Dec, as usual we celebrated the Children’s Day. The mass was at 8 am, was presided by Fr. Raymond Santhanaz and concelebrated by Fr. Roshan Pinto. Unfortunately it rained heavily and most of the children failed to come. There were around 300 children, if not for rain they would have been more than 500. All the Out-Station managed to represent at least a few of them. Children themselves conducted the liturgy. Since we are in Golden Jubilee Year and Children will be having different competitions during the whole year, we did not have any games as such after the mass. But we divided the children into different groups and the catechists gave them some relevant talks according their groups. Around 11 am they were given soft drink and edibles and allowed them to go home soon.
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Infant Jesus Feast: FIRST DAY OF THE TRIDUUM @ Pushpashrama
The flag unfurled high in the sky on January 4, 2017 Thursday as the day marked the beginning of the Triduum of the feast of the Infant Jesus. With the theme, “Meet the poor, follow Christ”, Fr. Valentine set the ball rolling by hoisting the flag after invoking the graces of the Infant Jesus. People then marched devoutly to participate in the Tamil mass celebrated by him. Soon after this, followed the masses in Kannada and English which were presided over by Frs. Joseph Pinto and Nitesh Rodrigues respectively. As the theme for the feast was based on loving the poor, the liturgy on the first day was intricately woven on the Poverty of Disciples. The Tamil association Choir, the Rajiv Nagar Parish choir and the Pushpashrama brothers lent out their voices to add more flavor to the liturgy. Devotees, who had flocked in large numbers from and around Mysore, were also served food after all the three masses.
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Begin a new with Gratitude – 2018 : Pushpashrama
December 31, 2017 – a day of thanking the Lord for the manifold blessings that He has showered upon each and every one of us. On this beautiful day the Pushpashrama Fathers and brothers along with the faithful of the vicinity conducted a thanksgiving adoration at 10-00 p.m. for the year 2017 followed by the Holy Eucharist at 10-45 p.m. Rev. Fr Vincent, Principal of St Philomena’s college presided over the Eucharistic celebration along with other seven priests. Fr Oswald Crasta preached an inspiring homily highlighting the virtues and qualities of Mary to be practiced in the New Year 2018. The brothers of Pushpashrama through their angelic choir enabled the faithful to raise their hearts and minds to God in thanksgiving. After the Eucharistic celebration, as the people were wishing each other, coffee and cakes were served to enhance the joy of New Year 2018. On the New Year day – the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, the holy mass commenced at 8-00 a.m. celebrated by Fr Pradeep Pinto. Fr Joy Francis preached the homily highlighting the significance of the title Theotokos and invited the faithful to keep up the resolutions that we make at the beginning of the New Year 2018. May this New Year 2018 become the strong foundation to experience the presence of Jesus and live our life according to the will of God.
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Christmas Joy shared with Neighbours at Pushpashrama
December 25, 2017 on the day of Christmas, the Pushpashrama community along with the neighbors who are belonging to different religions celebrated the Christmas and shared the message of peace and harmony with each other at Pushpashrama auditorium. The celebration commenced at 4-30 p.m. invoking the assistance of Jesus through the prayer song sung by our Pushpashrama brothers. Miss Kirana Nayak, one of the immediate neighbors of Pushpashrama compered the programme. Fr Pradeep Pinto, the chief guest delivered the Christmas message quoting Bhagavad-Gita, Quran and Bible, gave a clarion call to all, to live in peace and harmony. The cultural programme consisted of colorful dances and Christmas carols by our neighboring children, youth and adults. The brothers of Pushpashrama through their rocking dance and Christmas carols entertained the congregation. Thus the Christmas celebration became a strong foundation to celebrate the unity and harmony with our brothers and sisters of Pushpashrama vicinity.
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Christmas celebration at Pushpashrama
Christmas is a glorious day to rejoice and to celebrate; it is the birthday of our Saviour Jesus Christ who became flesh and dwelt among us. This day was solemnized at the Infant Jesus Shrine, Pushpashrama on December 24, 2017. The brothers of Pushpashrama through their melodious voice sang the Christmas carols at 9-30 p.m. followed by the solemn Eucharistic celebration at 10-00 p.m. presided over by Fr Joy Francis and concelebrated by the community friars. The Christmas liturgy was meticulously organized by the philosophy students of Pushpashrama. Fr Joy in his homily enlightened the faithful as regards the contradictions that are found in the modern world which are contrary to the spiritual world of Jesus. He gave a clarion call to all the faithful to follow the simplicity, humility and poverty of Jesus in our personal and family lives. After the mass as the people wished each other with the greetings of Christmas, cake and coffee were being served for all the faithful. Thus the vigil mass at Pushpashrama created an atmosphere of prayer through the spiritual celebration and the beautiful lights which added colours to the Infant Jesus Shrine.
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Christmas celebrated with joy and devotion at Bajjodi
Dec.24th: Christmas is a time for sharing and friendship. It was celebrated with devotion and gusto at Infant Mary Church Bajjodi. The festal Eucharistic celebration was held at 7.30pm and parishioners gathered at the church for the Holy Mass in Konkani which was concelebrated by Parish Priest Fr. Shabas Crasta. Asst. Priest Fr. Ivan D’souza was the main celebrant. Parish Priest Fr. Shabas Crasta in his homily, exhorted the faithful to follow in the path of Jesus Christ and said that, "The present situation in the world is very bad. Hatred has spread among people. We must do only good deeds, only then can we live a happy life. What is the point in life if we do not follow what God wants from us? He loves everyone. It does not mean we should become selfish. Let us make this world a selfless one by following Jesus."
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The Carmelites of the Italian Region gathered in Parrocchia di San Maria a Ripa on the 28th of December, 2017 for the Chrismas celebration. All the priests except Fr Edwin Deniz, Fr Rodlof Pinto and Fr Peter Rebello were present for the gathering totalling 11. Our celebration began with a grand dinner in one of the benefactors’ house. We sang the Christmas Carols as we savoured the Italian delicacies. On the 29th of December we had a fraternal concelebrated mass in the Parish Church along with the parishoners. Fr Manoj Braganza the Superior and Parish Priest spread the carpet of red roses to all the priests as he introduced all the priests to the parishoners. Fr Deepak Tauro OCD, Rector of the Scala Community presided over the Eucharist and preached a meaningful homily. After the Holy Mass we prayed the Lauds with the people which was an enriching experience.
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All the friars from the four communities in the capital city Bengaluru, came together to share the joy of Christmas on 26th of December, 2017. The birthday of Fr. Canute D’Souza the faithful and diligent bursar for 19 years was also celebrated. Enjoy a few pictures taken on the occasion!
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the profession of Sr. Benedicta of the Holy Face ( earlier, Roschelle Martis) took place on the 17th of December, 2017 at Pune Carmel. Her parents who came down from Kuwait, also attended the mass. Since it was a Sunday, the chapel was full of religious from the neighbouring houses, especially the Jesuit brothers. The Confessor of the community from the neighbouring De Nobili College was very happy to attend and said he that so far he had seen such a ceremony only in movies. Sr Benedicta had completed her Ph.D. in aerospace engineering before entering Carmel. We wish her all the best and pray that God guide her in her journey ahead.

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Christmas day mass was celebrated at 8 am by Fr. Raymond Santhanaz at St. Martin of Tour Parish, Mpandangindo, Songea while Fr. Roshan Pinto the Parish Priest of Superior went to the Out Stations of Kituro at 8 am and at Liweta at 11 am accompanied by Br. Prosper Kaizer.

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It was historical first at Mpandangindo, Songea. There was a Christmas Fellowship celebration with other Christian denominations and Religions on 26th of December, at St. Martin of Tours Parish. The Muslims invitees could not attend; but all those who gathered were so happy and expressed their appreciation for those who planned it. It was a very successful gathering and they wished to have it in the future too without failure. The gathering concluded with a fellowship meal.
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The Christmas Vigil was celebrated at St. Martin of Tour Parish at Mpandangindo, Songea at 7 pm. Fr. Roshan Pinto the Parish Priest and the Superior was the main celebrant assisted by Fr. Raymond Santhanaz. Br. Prosper Kaizer, a Carmelite Philosophy student from Kola, Morogoro who came to help us during the Christmas season preached a beautiful homily. Though at the beginning the church looked to be empty but later good number of people were present.
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Dhyana Jyothi Trust, a charitable trust run by the Carmelite Fathers and Bangalore Konkani Catholic Charismatic Renewal along with Good Sam Foundation celebrated Christmas with the differently-abled on Sunday December 17 in Bengaluru. The celebration began with a praise and worship led by the blind themselves. Later Fr. Stifan Perera, OCD Director of Dhyana Jyothi Turst in his Christmas message said, “Christ is born especially with the poor and the marginalized to show how God loves whom the society rejects. The true meaning of Christmas consists in loving the poor and the needy.” He also thanked all those who had showed their generosity to give Christmas joy to these differently-abled. Mr. David of Good Sam Foundation thanked. Mrs. Nelly Pichardo coordinated the whole program and volunteers under the able leadership of Godwin Castelino served the food to the participants. After the meal, shirts to men, Sarees to women, sweets and school bags to children and grocery items for week were distributed to each of the families present. We thank all our well-wishers and invoke God’s blessings on them.
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Carmel Play Home Kids celebrate Christmas
December 21, 2017 – The Carmel Play Home kids along with the parents, fathers and brothers celebrated the Christmas programme at Pushpashrama auditorium. It was a day of jubilation and cheerfulness as the play home kids had the maiden opportunity to manifest their hidden angelic talents in the presence of their dear parents and friends. The celebration commenced at 11-00 a.m. Br Clifford Rodrigues compered the programme; Br Prithesh and team invoked the assistance of God through the prayer song. The play home kids welcomed the gathering through the symbolic welcome dance. Fr Pradeep Pinto, the chief guest gave the Christmas message and gave a clarion call to live in peace and harmony with one another. The play home kids through their colourful dances captivated the mind and hearts of the audience. 
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On 14 December 2017, two Secular Carmelites, Joan Ashby and Ligia Da Silva, made their Definitive Promises at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Benoni, South Africa. Fr Mari Joseph was the main celebrant at the Eucharist. All our Carmelite Priests working in South Africa participated in the celebration. Fr Boniface D'Souza preached the homily and explained the importance of vocation and the necessity for commitment to the Church’s mission. The Celebration was witnessed by a large number of faithful including Carmelite Nuns from Benoni. Before the Eucharistic Celebration, Bridget Hodge, the President of OCDS community, explained to the congregation the nature of the Secular Carmelites vocation. Finally, Fr Arvin Tauro congratulated Joan and Ligia and encouraged lay faithful to join the Secular Order. The Celebration was rounded off with a delicious finger supper.
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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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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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