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Circular of
Fr. Provincial
on the occasion
of
Christmas
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Message of Pope Francis to the Bishop of Avila, on the occasion of the opening of the V Birth Centenary Year of St. Teresa of Avila (1515-2015)
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Circular Letter of Rev. Fr. General on the IV Birth Centenary of Br. Lawrence of the Resurrection (1614-2014)

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BISHOP OF TRAPANI VISITS SCALA
January 26, 2015: As the Indians celebrated the Republic Day and had the privilege of welcoming Mr Barack Obama, President of USA; the Carmelites of Scala community in Rome had the honour of welcoming His Excellency Most Rev. Pietro Maria Fragnelli, Bishop of Trapani. Fr Wilfred Pais welcomed the Bishop and thanked for his friendly visit to our community which enhanced the joy of the community. After having seen the relic of St Teresa of Avila and the Church, He presided over the Eucharistic celebration and during the homily taking into consideration the rich legacy and the spirituality of the Carmelite Saints invited all to walk in the footsteps of St Teresa of Avila in following Jesus Christ.
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Relic of St. Teresa in Tanzania

The walking staff of the first woman ‘Doctor’ of the Catholic Church arrived Tanzania on the 14th Jan 2015 accompanied by the team of pilgrims from Spain namely Amaya Alvarez, Pablo Montesinos, Cristina Marcos and Fr. Jerome Paluku, Asst mission secretary from Generalate. The entire Catholic Church joining with the Reformed Order of the Carmelites of St. Teresa of Avila marks the 500th Birthday of St. Teresa who is noted for her life of prayer, prayer for the church and efforts to reform the Carmelite Order.
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RELIC IN NYAMUSWA PARISH BUNDA
   
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RELIC ARRIVES IN DAR ES SALAAM - ST. TERESA OF AVILA SUB STATION
16th January, 2015 the relic was taken by flight from Mwanza to Dar Es Salaam. The plane landed at 2.15pm and the relic was received at the airport by Discalced Carmelite friars and the OCDS members. The three cars decorated proceeded to St. Peter Claver parish where the relic was received solemnly with singing and celebration. There was exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. At 5 pm there was the solemn Eucharistic celebration presided over by Rev. Fr. Benno the Dean and parish priest of Kibaha parish and concelebrated by the Carmelite priests and Diocesan priests.
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RELIC ARRIVES IN DAR ES SALAAM - ST. THERESE OF THE CHILD JESUS PARISH
At 9 am the relic was taken to St. Therese of the Child Jesus Parish where the people along with children and sang and offered flowers expressing their joy. The relic was taken in procession to the church. The Eucharistic celebration was presided over by Fr. Marlon Rodrigues OCD. The veneration of the relic was held after the mass.


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RELIC ARRIVES IN MOROGORO - KOLA SEMINARY
At 3pm the journey to Morogoro began and we reached Kola formation community where the community welcomed the relic at the gate with songs and dancing. The vespers were sung and the community spent some time in meditation till 9 pm.


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RELIC ARRIVES IN KIHONDA OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL CHURCH
At 9.20 pm the relic was received at Kihonda Mt. Carmel church, where religious and lay people gathered and had the night vigil with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. On 18thmorning Sunday the two masses were presided over by Rev. Fr. Mloka, the Rector of St. Peter’s seminary Diocese of Morogoro. In the afternoon at 1.30 pm the relic and the pilgrims travelled to Dar es salaam to fly to Madagascar via Kenya at 7.10 pm.
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Rector’s day @ Avila Jyothi Seminary, Mapusa
18th Jan 2015 was a special day for Avila Jyothi Seminary, Mapusa as it was celebrated as the Rector’s day. The Brothers put up a mind blowing cultural programme. The celebration began at 12.00 PM with a prayer song followed by variety of dances, jokes, plays and songs. The programme came to an end with the singing of Anthem. Priests and religious from neighboring parishes and communities and benefactors were invited along with the teachers who teach our brothers throughout the year. After the cultural bonanza the fraternal meal was shared. In the evening volleyball match was held. It was indeed a memorable day. A hearty congratulations to the future Carmelites who made this day a great day.
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Mega B’day Celebration at Sadbhavana
All our friars from Bangalore region came together on Sunday, 18th of January, in Sadbhavana for a Mega B’day celebration of our friars. Fr. William Miranda, Fr. Lawrence D’Cunha, Fr. Walter Lobo, Fr. Canute D’Souza, Fr. Clifford D’Souza and Fr. Praveen Pinto were the B’day Babies. Fr. Joy Francis raised the toast and wished them all the very best. Fr. Provincial welcome and thanked the esteemed guests of the day Fr. Gustavo and Fr. Mutato from Rome and honoured them with a shawl each. All the B’day Babies cut the cake together and after this all the friars shared the fraternal meal brought from different communities.
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Infant Jesus Feast at Sadbhavana
Sadbhavana celebrated the feast of Infant Jesus on Sunday, 18th of January, at 10:30 am. Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao OCD, the Provincial Superior presided over the festive mass and Rev. Fr. Alwyn Aranha OCD, Dean of Dhyanasadhana Spirituality Centre, Mysore preached a heart touching homily highlighting the theme ‘Kutmacho Bandh and Sargincho Swad.’ Rev. Fr. Gustavo from Spain and Rev. Fr. Mutato from Japan who are presently working in Rome were present for the Eucharist along with Rev. Fr. Roshan D’Souza from Mira Road and the community fathers.
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Infant Jesus Feast @ Carmel Hill, Mangalore
The annual feast of Infant Jesus Shrine, Carmel Hill, Bikarnakatte here was held with great pomp and religious fervour on Wednesday January 14. Thousands of devotees took part in the celebrations. A solemn mass was celebrated by Dr Ignatius D'Souza, the Bishop of Bareilly. In his homily the bishop of Bareilly said, "The motto of the feast is healthy family. God is the one who protects us, God lives as family, Father, son and holy spirit. Today the young children are finding dificult to respect their parents, it is easy to drop them in orphanage and visit once a while. Family's are broken, divorces have increased, greed has increased, there is no spirit of sacrifice in life.
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THE FEAST OF INFANT JESUS SHRINE, PUSHPASHRAMA MYSORE
THE FEAST OF INFANT JESUS SHRINE, PUSHPASHRAMA MYSORE was celebrated on the 4th of Jan. The solemn mass was celebrated by Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas Antony Vazhappilly, the bishop of Mysore. After the solemn mass Theru procession with the Infant Jesus statue was done in the streets of Naidu Nagar. The feast was celebrated with a good number of priests, nuns and the devotees of Infant Jesus.
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Christmas and New Year celebration in our communities

Christmas celebration in Actonville, South Africa
   
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Christmas Celebration at Avila Jyothi, Mapusa.
   
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Christmas Celebration at St. Joseph at Actonville, South Africa
   
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Mira Road
   
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Belur
   
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Fr. Shabas Crasta strikes gold!
Fr. Shabas Crasta celebrated his golden jubilee of birth on 30th December, 2014. The celebration began with Eucharistic celebration presided by the Golden Baby on the same day where we also had the privilege of having Rev. Fr. Aristondo the Provincial of Navara Province, Spain. The official celebration was held on the 4th January 2015 Sunday noon. The neighboring Religious communities together with the OCDS and the leaders of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel,Quasi Parish were present. Fr. Marlon Rodrigues the Regional Vicar in his speech he thanked Fr. Shabas for his selfless service and obedience from the time he landed Tanzania. The programme was compered by the Kola brothers and at the end food was served to all.
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Seventh day Novena at Infant Jesus Shrine, Mangalore

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Sixth day Novena at Infant Jesus Shrine, Mangalore

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Fifth day Novena at Infant Jesus Shrine, Mangalore

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Forth day Novena at Infant Jesus Shrine, Mangalore

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Third day Novena at Infant Jesus Shrine, Mangalore

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Inauguration of the newly-built Infant Mary Church at Bajjodi
The newly-built Infant Mary Church at Bajjodi built by the Carmelites was solemnly inaugurated by the provincial superior of the Carmelites of Karnataka-Goa province Rev. Fr Charles Serrao OCD on Friday January 2, 2015 at 9 am. It was a festive atmosphere in Bajjodi as their dream of having a parish church for the people of Bajjodi was realized thanks to the able leadership of Fr. Melwyn D'Cunha assisted by Fr. Deep Fernandes and the community of Carmel Hill, Bikarnakatte.
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Second day Novena at Infant Jesus Shrine, Mangalore

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Infant Jesus Feast and Asha Deepa Day at Asha Deepa, Madanthyar
The annual feast of Infant Jesus was celebrated with all joy and jubilation at Asha Deepa, Madanthyar on the 4th of January at 5 o’clock. The concelebrated high mass was presided over by V. Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao, OCD, the provincial of Karnataka Goa province. Friars from various communities and neighboring parishes were present to partake in our joy. The grand celebration of the Eucharist was followed by 'Asha Deepa Day' where brothers entertained the people gathered with their talents of Music, Dance and Acting. “Sallyo” a play written by Deac. Joseph Cyril D’Souza OCD and directed by Fr. Prakash D'Cunha OCD was enacted by brothers, which was well appreciated by the people.
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First day novena at Infant Jesus Shrine, Mangalore

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Infant Jesus Novena at Infant Jesus Shrine, Pushpashrama
The Triduum celebration in preparation for the Feast of Infant Jesus was inaugurated with the hoisting of the Infant Jesus flag by Rev. Fr. Valentine Kumar. The Masses were held in the evening in Tamil, Kannada and English At 5 pm, 6pm, and 7pm respectively. All three masses were well attended by the people. The preachers preached on the theme of 'Experiencing the Heavenly Joy in the the family relationship' and catechised the people on the importance of the family life.
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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.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

PROVINCIAL COUNCIL

Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao
Provincial

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.


HOMILIES IN ENGLISH (VIDEO):
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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REFLECTIONS IN KONKANI (Audio)

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
THEME: JESUS CAME TO GIVE LIFE, LIFE IN ABUNDANCE (JOHN 10:10)

1. ABUNDANT LIFE - GOD
2. FORGIVENESS
3. LOVE
4. SUFFERINGS
5. 7 WORDS FROM THE CROSS AND RESURRECTION
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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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