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THE OCDS IN UNISON - First Provincial Congress
October 30th to November 1st, 2015, will go down in the annals of the Karnataka-Goa Province, as we organized the First OCDS Provincial Congress at Pushpashrama, Mysore. The campus was beaming with 70 Secular Carmelites from 8 local communities around the Province (Mira Road – two communities, Mangalore, Margao, Mysore, Koteshwar, Vijayanagar and Kushalnagar). We had the esteemed presence of Fr. Alzinir Debastiani OCD, Delegate General of the Secular Carmel, who was making his maiden visit to India. The Congress was inaugurated on 30th October in the Pushpashrama hall.
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Each year in St. Peter’s Church, we begin our Christmas Celebrations with the Season of Advent. Advent begins four Sundays prior to Christmas Eve & Christmas Day which is a spiritual season of love, peace, hope & forgiveness with the lighting of a candle to reflect each emotion. It is a beautiful tradition with one of four candles lit each Sunday until all four candles are lit. During this special time we participate in anticipation the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our priest, Father Ronnie encourages us to come each Sunday and all Sundays to prepare our hearts to receive Jesus and to give thanks to God our Heavenly Father for his Son.
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THE FEAST OF INFANT JESUS SHRINE, PUSHPASHRAMA MYSORE was celebrated on the 3rd of Jan 2016. The solemn mass was celebrated by Rt. Rev. Dr. Robert Miranda, the bishop of Gulbarga. After the solemn mass Theru procession with the Infant Jesus statue was done in the streets of Naidu Nagar. At noon more than 5000 devotees of Infant Jesus participated in the Annasantarpane (free meal). The feast was celebrated with a good number of priests, nuns and the devotees of Infant Jesus.
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Infant Jesus Fest 2016 : Infant Jesus Shrine, Mangaluru

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9th  day of Novena at Infant Jesus Shrine, Mangaluru
Theme : Protection of Nature - Humanity's Future - for Religious

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8th  day of Novena at Infant Jesus Shrine, Mangaluru
Theme : Care of the Weak - Challenge  to the Strong - For Sick

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Fifth day of Novena at Infant Jesus Shrine, Mangaluru
Theme : Our Family Our Strength - for Children

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Fourth day of Novena at Infant Jesus Shrine, Mangaluru
Theme : Firm Faith - our choice - for Youth

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Third day of Novena at Infant Jesus Shrine, Mangaluru
Theme : Healthy Soul - Abode of God - Vocations

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Second day of Novena at Infant Jesus Shrine, Mangaluru
Theme : Pure Mind - Rich Life ......for Teachers

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This is the photo album of Helen Tiampo's 90th Birthday at Carmel Hill. At the end of the album we can find a few beautiful photos of our almost completed monastery at the backdrop of the snow filled mountain.

Fr. Rudy
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We rejoice as another candidate has joined the Teresian fold. Miss Roschelle R. Martis was born in Kuwait and she grew up in Bombay. She is a graduate in Physics. Later she went on to pursue her Masters in Space Science and her Doctorate in Aerodynamics. In the midst of her studies, she experienced a longing to deepen her faith and started reading spiritual books and articles and through this got introduced to the Liturgy of the Hours and started praying it. But the desire for a deeper experience of God kept growing. Once on her visit to the Cloistered Carmel in Pune , to buy host for her parish, she expressed her desire to make a retreat to discern her vocation. She came inside as a candidate to come and see life in Carmel and heard God calling her to “go and sell everything” and come follow Him. After 3 months she came back and joined as a postulant.
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Double Dhamaka at Emploi, Rome
The Empoli community had the pleasure of hosting double joyful events: The celebration of 50th anniversary of Religious Profession of Fr. Edwin Alleluia Dinizand the Christmas wing-ding celebration of all the Carmelites of Karnataka-Goa province working and studying in Italy. The anniversary celebration was held on the 27th of December. The solemn Mass presided over by Fr. Edwin was held at 18.30. Since it was a Sunday, the celebration was attended by a large number of parishioners. Fr. Sunil in his homily spoke about family life and the inspiring life of Fr. Edwin. After the Holy Eucharist there was a felicitation program together with the parishioners. Fr. Edwin thanked all, thanked for his religious life and God’s call. The private celebration continued in our renovated monastery with mouth-watering, sumptuous dinner.
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Grand celebration of Rainbow of seven landmarks at Carmel Hills
Mangalore, December 21, 2015

Rev Fr Charles Serrao, Provincial Superior of the Order of Carmelites stressed on the importance of virtual media to reach out to more and more people in its efforts to spread the Word of God. He was presiding over the celebrations to mark the 7th anniversary of ‘Naman Ballok Jesu’, the popular Konkani monthly, organised last evening, 20th December 2015, at Carmel Hills, in the premises of Infant Jesus Shrine at Bikarnakatte. He said “Earlier the communication media was not widely used for proclaiming Word of God. However in the last 15 years there has been a concerted effort to use the media to spread the Word of God. The Carmelites have been carrying out this task devotedly and successfully in the last 7 years.”
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Long awaited messiah is here!!!
The long awaited Messiah for South Africa arrived at last in the person of Fr. Arwin Tauro who was cordially welcomed by the people of South Africa. The country was boiling with heat without rain for a very long time. Since the arrival of Fr. Arwin till date the they are blessed with rain every day. We hope, the messiah who brought God's blessings in the form of rain may fulfill the dream of the Province of a retreat centre in Johannesburg Diocese. All the best and happy stay Fr. Arwin.
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Opening of the Year of Mercy
St. Joseph's Church Actonville inaugurated the year of Mercy on Sunday, 13th of December. Meaningful liturgy was organized for the event by the parishioners. Divine Mercy picture is mounted at the entrance door so that everyone who looks at it may feel the abundance of God’s Mercy in their lives. During the mass appropriate symbols were brought in the procession. Twelve groups have been formed to do the acts of Mercy every month where all the parishioners have been encouraged to involve themselves to do the charitable acts in this Holy year. A banner has been put in the church depicting different acts of mercy. A call has been given to the parishioners to involve themselves more in the spiritual activities and they are encouraged to frequent the sacrament of confession to experience the mercy of God.
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Jingling at the Eternal City
December 15, 2015 Tuesday was the day of jubilation, celebration, exultation, vociferation, jollification and felicitation as the International community of Scala celebrated the Christmas at the community level. The festivity commenced with the Eucharistic banquet presided by Fr Ephrem along with seventeen concelebrants who are the priest students of Santa Maria della Scala. Fr Michael in his homily unraveled the attitude of the shepherds and Mary; and inviting all to have an inner silence of Mary as we celebrate the mystery of Incarnation. The prayers of the faithful included ten intentions in different languages of Africa and India.
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Dyanprasarak Mandal’s College Excels in ‘The Power of Expression’
Dnyanprasarak Mandal’s College Assagão represented by Ruben Fernandes and Deepika Jha excelled in ‘The Power of Expression’ an intercollegiate competition through the medium of Power Point presentation organised by the Emmaus Counselling Centre of the Carmelite Fathers, Mapusa . They made their presentation on the topic: Healthy Parent – Child Relationships :The Foundation of Family Living Today The second place was bagged by Yohann Santos and Alston D’souza of St. Xavier’s College Mapusa who also presented on the theme: Healthy Parent – Child Relationships :The Foundation of Family Living Today while Asha Amona D’Cunha and Sandhya Patil of Carmel College for Women, Nuvem who presented on Youth and Social Responsibility-The Need of the Hour , won the third place
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Inauguration of the newly renovated Monastery of Santa Maria a Ripa, Empoli, Italy
It is a great pleasure for us the Carmelites of Empoli community, Italy, to inform you that we have inaugurated the newly renovated Monastery on the 5thof December, 2015 at 17.00. His Eminence Card. Giuseppe Betori had kindly consented to be the Chief Guest at the inaugural ceremony. His Eminence arrived at 17.00;the Parish Priest Fr. Donath together with the community Fathers and the faithful welcomed him. After the short prayer in the Church, Fr. Edwin welcomed the Cardinal with his flowery, refined, elegant Italian. He also thanked the Cardinal on behalf of Karnataka-Goa Province for his financial help in the renovation of the Monastery. His Eminence in his address thanked the Carmelites and Fr. Donath, the present Parish Priest for the service in building the Parish community. He also thanked the parishioners for their continuous support and help in all the ventures of the parish.
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Confirmation at St. Joseph's Church, Actonville, South Africa
43 candidates received the sacrament of confirmation from His Grace Buti Tlhagale Archbishop of Johannesburg.  Fr. Peter Rebello was present for the occasion.
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Dear Friends,
A flashing sign at Guardian Angels Parish premises is installed on November 7th and activated on November 24th. This sign flashes the timings of the services at our Church and indicates that it is a Catholic Church. This sign is remote controlled and has added features like announcing extraordinary events at the Church. Please click the link below for photos:
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On Sunday, October 15, 2015 we had a triple celebration; we celebrated the Feast of
St. Edmund of Abingdon, our beloved Pastor’s (Fr. Jerald D’Souza) 25th Anniversary of his Religious Profession and his birthday. It started with the 11:00am Mass; Father Tim McCarthy and Father James Comey (retired priests from North Shore deanery) concelebrated with Father Jerry, who did not know they were coming, he said this was the nicest surprise. Our Grand Knight and an Honour Guard were there to process in with the priests and many of our altar servers; who were excited and honoured to be part of this celebration. At the Mass the children from Children’s Liturgy presented Father with a basket of cards and a beautiful little replica of our church which they painted. The church was full to capacity with parishioners and many lay Carmelites of the lower mainland to show their love and dedication to our beloved Pastor.
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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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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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