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Carmel Jyothi public charitable trust conducts world population day
11th July 2014, Huvinahadagali, Carmel Jyothi public charitable trust and the taluk hospital under the joint collaboration conducted the world population day. Awareness program was conducted on the streets of Hadagalli town by the students of G. P. G. College students. Afterwards stage program was conducted in the campus of Carmel Seva Sadan. Mr. P. Badyanaik THO of Hadagalli taluk was the president of the program. Fr. Rajesh D’Souza, Mr. H. N. Thimmappa CO of taluk panchyath, Mr. S. Basavangowda, principal of GPG College, were the chief guests of the program.
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Handling Emotions-Workshop
First workshop of this year was conducted at Emmaus on 27th July 2014. The theme of the workshop was “Handling Emotions”. There were 15 participants. Fr. Alex Braganza the superior welcomed the participants. Dr. Fr. Praveen D’souza was the resource person. Thinking is the foundation of our emotions and behaviour. As we think so we feel as feel so we behave. To feel better we ought to change our thinking. Tips were given as to how to alter the cognitive distortions into more positive and helpful thinking patterns. The workshop was well appreciated by the participants. They unanimously requested to conduct more short term programmes on weekends so that they all can participate. Click here for more

The Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel was preceded by a nine-day novena to our Heavenly Mother at St. Edmund’s Church, North Vancouver. The novena was notably well received and attended by parishioners of St. Edmund’s, Secular Carmelites and devotees as evidenced by the increased numbers this year. On July 16, 2014 7:00 p.m., a solemn Eucharistic celebration was presided over by Bishop Stephen Jensen of Prince George and concelebrated by our Carmelite friars, Regional Superior Fr. Rudolf D’Souza, Fr. Jerald D’Souza, Fr. Godwin Pinto, Fr. Stany Mascarenhas, and several priests including Monsignor Pedro Lopez-Gallo. The church was filled to capacity with standing room only. Click here for more

We cannot progress if we do not educate our children.
In order to encourage the poor children and to create in them the interest to study, “Carmel Jyothi Public Charitable Trust" distributed free note books. Around 75 children belonging to different religion were given free note books, pen, pencils and the color pencils. This included the children from kayaka nagara Govt School, children from Carmel boys home, children from child labor residential school and the poor children from Hadagali. Fr. Rajesh D’Souza, the director of Carmel Jyothi Public Charitable Trust distributed the books and asked the children to study well. Rev. Fr. Joseph D’Souza the Superior of Carmel Bhavan and the village leaders of kayaka nagara were present. Click here for more

Sadbhavana Celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
The Community of Sadbhanavana along with the Carmel Kutam of Bangalore celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on 20th of July, Sunday in Sadhbhavana with all jubilation and solemnity. Rev. Fr. George Santhumayor presided over the Eucharistic celebration and preached a heart touching homily highlighting the role of Mother Mary in protecting and guiding the Christians in the footsteps of Christ. Good number of Carmelite priests from near and far participated in the celebration. 500 people from different parts of Bangalore joined in the celebration and honored and thanked Mother Mary for her maternal protection.  Click here for more

A Get-together of the Carmelite Family of Mysore
July 20th was a great day for all the members of Carmelite family of Mysore as they celebrated the feast of our lady of Mount Carmel. This great event was organised under the able leadership Fr. Dominic Vas. CCR sisters were the hosts of the celebration. Fr. Dominic presided over the Eucharistic celebration. In his homily he highlighted Mother Teresa’s devotion towards Mother Mary. Liturgy was organised by AC sisters, choir by Carmelite brothers from Pushpashrama, offertory gifts were brought by Ocds brothers and sisters.  Click here for more

World environment day
Huvina Hadagalli, 5th June 2014, Carmel Jyothi public charitable trust (R) and Mount Carmel school Huvina Hadagalli under the joint collaboration conducted the world environment day. Fr. Rajesh D’Souza the director of Carmel Jyothi public charitable trust (R) was the president of the program. Fr. Prakash tauro head master of Mount Carmel school was the chief guest. Children from the child labour school and the children from Mount Carmel school were present. During the program all the children were asked to develop an ardent love for the nature. To mark this event children cleansed the streets of Hadagalli and many people participated in this. Click here for more

Fr. Provincial's Visit to South Africa
The parish of St. Joseph's, Actonville, South Africa, rejoiced at the visit of our Provincial Rev. Fr.Charels Serrao on 13th July. Mass was celebrated by Provincial. He was welcomed by the parishioners with flowers at the beginning of the Mass and was honored with gifts at the end of the Mass. Provincial thanked the parishioners for all the support they give to the priests and for our misssion. After the Mass lunch was served and all the leaders of the parish interacted with the Provincial at the Table. Click here for more

17 Lay people commit to be Carmelites
It was a historic day not only for Carmel Hill but for the entire Province as 17 of the Secular Carmel members made their promises in the hands of V. Rev. Fr. George Santhumayor, OCD, Vicar Provincial on Thursday, 17th July 2014 at Infant Jesus Shrine during the Thursday Mass. The first promise takes place upon completion of a two-year formation period with the approval of the local council. Each candidate makes a temporary promise for a period of three years. At the end of that time, the definitive promise is made. Click here for more

Feast of the Scapular celebrated
Feast of our Lady of Mt. Carmel is a important yearly happening at Carmel Hill, Mangalore. It recalls the rich faith the Carmelite Bishops and missionaries in the Diocese of Mangalore 150 years ago left behind. It is still vibrant and prophetic. The sober Marian piety they handed over through various hymns and devotions to the scapular and rosary are still very much nurturing the faith of the people.  The church celebrates Mary's feast on 16th of July as the day of our lady of Mt. Carmel; but by popular demand it is being celebrated at Carmel Hill on a Sunday previous to the feast., which falls this year on the 13th when everyone who comes is taking away a scapular for personal use. Click here for more

The inauguration ceremony of the Formation House “THE LITTLE FLOWER” and the first foundation stone of the Discalced Carmelites of Karnataka Goa Province “CARMEL HILL” in Canada were held on 11th September 2012 at Benedictine Abbey (Mission – British Columbia). We organized the ground breaking ceremony on 27thDecember 2013 on the Birthday of our Benefactor at Carmel Hill. We have already sent you the detailed report and the photographs put already on the Province Website. Click here for more

The inauguration of the academic year 2014-15 in Pushpashrama
The inauguration of the academic year 2014-15 in Pushpashrama, Institute of Philosophy & Religion was held on Monday 7th of July 2014. Fr. George Santumayor, the Vice-Provincial and the Councilor in-charge of formation and on-going formation presided over the Holy Eucharist at 9.00 am, which was concelebrated by 14 Carmelite priests. Fr. Alfred Menezes, the Rector of the college in his meaningful homily highlighted our vocation to search for the eternal wisdom, God himself. A meaningful liturgy was conducted by the students. Click here for more

Inauguration at Avila Jyothi, Mapuca
'Harvest is plenty but the labourers are few.' The Carmelites of KG province are extremely happy as the Lord has blessed us with abundance of vocations this year. Rev. Fr. Provincial inaugurated the course of initiation by lighting the lamp. He presided over the Holy Eucharist and preached a heart touching homily on the role of the Holy Spirit in the Church. The new community was also presented to the people during the Eucharist. Fr. Silvestre D'Souza, II Councilor and all the vocation promoters were present on this occasion.  Click here for more

Inauguration at Carmelite Monastery, Margoa
'The Lord called his disciples to be with Him and then to be sent out'. The Lord has called again 16 young and energetic men to be with Him in the Garden of Carmel. These young men after having come and seen the life in Carmel take a daring step to be a member in the same order. On the 9th of June, 2014 in the presence of Rev. Fr. Provincial Charles Serrao, and Rev. Fr. Silvestre D'Souza 'Postulancy' was inaugurated by lighting a lamp. Rev. Fr. Ajith Rodrigues highlighted the importance of this stage of formation and animated the prayer service.  Click here for more

Brief Report of Dhyanavana Inauguration
18th Academic diploma course of Dhyanavana was inaugurated on 2, July 2014. Most Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas Vazhapilly, the Bishop of Mysore was the main celebrant. Bishop during the homily stressed on the meaning, origin, development, and present significance of the spirituality. He gave a clarion call to become persona of Christ. This year we are blessed with 43 participants from various religious congregations. Newly appointed director Rev. Fr. Dominic Vas welcomed the gathering and the students. Click here for more

Jocy honoured with Adademy's YUVA PURASKAR
Umashree, Minister for Kannada and Culture presented the Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy’s YUVA PURASKAR to Br. Joseph Cyril D’Souza, OCD (Jocy Siddakatte) in a glittering ceremony held at Dr Patil Puttappa Auditorium of Karnataka Vidyavardhaka Sangha premises, Dharwad on Sunday June 22. Minister for Kannada and culture Umashree presented the awards to nine eminent personalities in recognition of their service to the promotion and preservation of Konkani language, culture and literature.
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Jocy Siddakatte, Carmelite bags Konkani Sahitya Academy’s YUVA PURASKAR
The Carmelites of KG Province have a great reason to rejoice: Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy will present the YUVA PURASKAR for Litreature on Jocy Siddakatte (Br. Joseph Curil D’Souza) in a ceremony to be held at Dr. Patil Puttappa Hall of Vidyavardhaka Sangh in Dharwad on June 22 at 4 pm. Yuva Puraskar will be presented by Meena Chandavarkar, vice chancellor of Karnataka Women's University, Bijapur.

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Bp. Francis Serrao ordains 9 Deacons
The Carmelites had more than one reason to thank God and celebrate on 30th May, 2014. It was a day that saw two brothers pronouncing their religious vows for life and nine others dedicating themselves to a life of service in the diaconal ministry. The beautiful Infant Jesus Shrine, Bikarnakatte, Mangalore was filled with relatives, friends and well-wishers, as around 40 concelebrants processed along with Most Rev. Francis Serrao SJ, Bishop of Shimoga.
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Newly elected Provincial Council
Fr. Charles Serrao - Provincial, Fr. George Santhumayor - I Councillor, Fr. Silvestre J. D'Souza - II Councillor, Fr. Lawrence D'Cunha - III Councillor, Fr. Jerome Moras - IV Councillor

In the session held on 30th April, 2014, Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao OCD was elected as the new Provincial Superior, to guide the Province in the next three years. Rev. Fr Charles Serrao, OCD was born on 26 August, 1950 at Vamadapadav, Bantwal in the Diocese of Mangalore. He made his first religious profession on 19th March, 1971 and was ordained a priest on 23 December 1978. After the formation of the Karnataka-Goa Province in 1981, he held the offices of Director of the Aspirants at the Vocation Home - Mangalore, Master of Theology Students - Mangalore, Vocation Promoter and Provincial Councillor.
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Congratulation and Prayerful Wishes to our newly elected Provincial Superior Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao OCD

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Eight Carmelite Priests Ordained!
April 23, 2014, was a special day in the life of the Karnataka-Goa Province of Discalced Carmelites, as three more members were added to the Priestly tribe! The Solemn Mass with the rich ceremony of Priestly Ordination began at 10.00 am as around 72 Priests processed in the beautiful Infant Jesus Shrine at Bikarnatakatte, Mangalore. Most Rev. Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary was the ordaining minister.  The three new priests are: Rev. Fr. John Pinto from Arva Parish. He joined the Carmelites after some years of work experience and completed his theological studies at St. Pius X Seminary, Goregaon. Rev. Fr. Richard Francis Saldanha from Pakshikere. He is the eldest among the two sons of William and veronica. Rev. Fr. Robert Rayan Pais from Madanthyar is the third among the four children of Henry and Rita Pais. Click here for more

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

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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.




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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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



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