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News from St. Joseph's Church Mira Road
21st of June was the happiest day for St. Joseph's Church Mira Road as five of the newly ordained priests celebrated their first masses in the parish for the first time. Rev. Fr. Pawan Saldanha who is presently working as the secretary to the bishop of Gulbarga presided over the solemn eucharist while Fr. Noel D'Cunha who is presently serving as the Rector of the minor seminary in Gujrath broke the Word of God. Rev. Fr. Augustine Robert, presently rendering his services in Fatima Retreat Centre, Fr. Antony Stephen, presently working in Dhyanashrama, Vasai, and Fr. Arun Bennis, serving in our mission station at Gulbarga concelebrated.
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Death Notice
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Carmel,
We are very sorry to inform you that Sr. Eileen of Jesus, aged 73 years, from Pune Carmel, passed away today morning (20-06-2015) at 3.30 am. The funeral is at 4.00 pm today.

May her soul rest in peace.

Lectio Brevis - 2015
The academic year 2015-16 was inaugurated on the 15th of June at Pushpashrama institute of philosophy and religion.Rev. Fr. George Santhumayor OCD was the main celebrant for the inaugural holy Eucharist. Fr. Sunil Rodrigues, OCD preached the homily highlighting the importance of our call in the Church and the free and the serious response we need to give to our call.  The holy Mass was followed by the Lectio brevis. Fr. VIjay D' Costa OCD presented the lectio brevis on the theme 'the Face of the Other according to Emmanuel Levinas.
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Inauguration of Weekend Course at Emmaus
The second batch of theory and practice of counselling course was inaugurated by Rev. Fr. Alex Braganza, Superior of Carmelite Seminary, Mapusa, Goa on 6th June 2015. This course is attended by 30 plus students. This course will run on 12 Saturdays. This course includes: Major theories of couselling (Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural, Humanistic and Eastern), application of the theory to a case, micro skills of counselling with practical demonstrations. The third batch will begin in September 2015.
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We the Discalced Carmelites of the K.G. Province delight in the person of Rev Fr Wilfred Pais who successfully defended his Doctoral thesis on the theme “Women Discipleship: A Model for the Disciples in the Gospel of Mark”. The defense was held at Pontifical University of Urbaniana, Rome at 3-00pm on June 10, 2015. The doctoral thesis of Fr Wilfred was guided by Prof. Crimella Matteo, a renowned biblical scholar and a professor at the Urbaniana. The panel of examiners comprised of professors Crimella Matteo, Gieniusz Andrzej and Bazzi Carlo. The panel members expressed their whole hearted appreciation for the systematic and comprehensive presentation and development of the thesis.
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Solemn Profession at Infant Jesus Shrine, Mangaluru
The Carmelites had more than one reason to thank God and celebrate on 29th May, 2015. It was a day that saw two brothers pronouncing their religious vows for life at the Infant Jesus Shrine, Bikarnakatte - Mangaluru. The rite of Solemn Profession guided by Fr. Prakash D’Cunha OCD, were beautifully integrated in the Eucharistic celebration. Rev. Fr. George Santhumayor the Vicar Provincial, exhorted the candidates to be ‘men of God and men for God’, ‘men of integrity’ and ‘men of service.’ The highlight of the ceremony was making the religious profession in the hands of the Provincial Superior of the Carmelites, Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao OCD.
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Report on the Celebrations held in Mangalore of Canonization of Blessed Mary of Jesus Crucified
Certainly it was the power and presence of Blessed Mary of Jesus Crucified (Mary Baouardy) that gave the inspiration to the Sisters of the Sacred Heart Monastery Cloistered Carmel Kankanady, Mangalore to envisage a celebration locally, to mark the great event of her Canonization by Pope Francis on May 17, 2015.  The events planned and details worked out were successfully accomplished.. All praise and thanks to God through the intercession of St. Mary of Jesus Crucified.
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100% Result at Mount Carmel School, Ramnagar
They have made us proud again!!! The Mount Carmel School, Ramnagar, Londa has achived 100% results in CBSE 10th standard board exam.  Master Yadnesh has achieved 96% and 6 of them have scored above 90%. Congratulation to the staff and the Students.

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23, May, 2015, 3.30 PM

Infant Mary Church, Bajjodi, which was inaugurated in the month of January is growing in spirit and might. Within a short period of its establishment as a parish under the able leadership of Fr. Melwyn D’ cunha, is now sadly wishes farewell to him as he is tranferred to St. Joseph's Parish, Mira Road and joyfully welcomes Fr. Shabas Crasta as her new pastor! Fr Shabas Crasta on 23rd May, Saturday at 3.30 PM arrived at the parish as a new Pastor of Infant Mary church. Fr. Melwyn and Mr. Joseph Pinto, Vice President of the Parish, welcomed him with a garland.
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Bazinga - Summuer camp at Mira Road
St. Joseph Youth Association of Mira Road Parish organized BAZINGA (Summer Camp) for Children up to 10th Standard. Nearly 250 Children participated in Bazinga. It was a fun filled event with Games, Dance, Treasure Hunt, Various Work shops and Meditation. Bazinga ended with the 'Grand Finale' on the 7th of May which included an exhibition of talents of children. Parents were present in big number to see their children perform on the stage.
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New Academic Year Inaugurated in Ramnagar
The academic year of the Mount Carmel school Ramnagar, Belgaum was inaugurated today. Rev. Fr. Ajith Rodrigues was the chief guest of honour. Rev. Fr. Antony D’Souza, the Correspondent of the School, Rev. Fr. Venil D’Souza, the principal and Srs. Roselina and Greta along with teacher and student representatives lighted the lamp to mark the beginning of the academic year. Fr. Ajith in his address urged the students to begin well and put in a lot of hard work to savor the sweetness of success. Rev. Fr. Antony wished the students all the very best for the coming academic year.
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May 25, 2015 Monday was an auspicious day in the historical monastery of Santa Maria Della Scala, Rome as the rector Rev Fr Ivan Pinto celebrated his birthday. The whole day was considered as the Rector’s day as he received birthday greetings from the members of the community and from various corners of the world his near and dear ones. The thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration was held at 6-30pm presided over by the birthday baby and concelebrated by the members of the community. Fr Wilfred Pais during the introduction invited the entire assembly to pray for the intention of Fr Ivan and gave a meaningful reflection on the day’s gospel and gave a clarion call to follow the Lord with the spirit of detachment and mortification. At the close of the mass, the birthday boy expressed the words of gratitude to all the members and faithful who attended the mass.
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First Profession at Bangalore Carmel
The Carmelite Family rejoices as Sr. Arokya Mary of Jesus made her first profession in Bangalore Carmel on the 22nd of May, 2015. The Eucharistic celebration commensed at 7:00 am. Rev. Fr. Silvestre D’Souza presided over the Holy Mass and Rev. Fr. Raj Ratnam, who inspired Sr. Arokya to join the Carmel, aged 82 years, who had come all the way from Pondichery preached a meaningful homily. Frs. Christu Raj, Sandeep Goveas and Richard Menezes concelebrated.
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On May 9th, 2015, the precious miraculous statue of our lady was brought to St. Peter’s Church in Mackenzie, BC. Carrying lit candles and singing “Gentle Woman” we welcomed our Mother into our parish walking with her in procession. As we approached our pews our Lady was secured near the altar surrounded by flowers, candles and a large beautiful Rosary. Father Ronald led us in a commitment prayer to our Mother. This was followed by the Fatima Message (see below) and history given by Patrick Sabat, our Lady’s custodian.
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Sister Pooja of the Holy Trinity, made her 1st Profession
On 1st May 2015 (Miss Pooja Khandekar) Sister Pooja of the Holy Trinity, made her 1st Profession in the hands of Mother Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart, in the Carmel of God the Father, Ramwadi, Pune, Maharashtra. Fr. Joy Francis OCD presided over the Solemn Mass along with Fr. Denzil Veigas OCD, Fr. Pradeep Pinto OCD and Fr. Conrad Noronha SJ. The Parents of Sr. Pooja were present with her brother. The Mass was well attended by Jesuits from De Nobili and the people of Ramwadi along with Carmelite Missionary Sisters. Fr. Joy in his homily highlighted the importance of the three vows in consecrated life.
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May 17, 2015 on the feast of the Ascension of the Lord, the Holy Father Pope Francis solemnly proclaimed four women religious who lived during the 19th century as Saints for their life of holiness in following Jesus Christ. They are St Marie Alphonsine from Jerusalem; St Mary of Jesus Crucified from Palestine; St Jeanne Emilie de Villeneuve was a French nun and foundress; and St Maria Cristina of the Immaculate Conception from Italy.
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Obituary of Sr. Rose Mary of St. Joseph


The silent hidden life of Sr. RoseMary of St. Joseph has many shades of beauty not only in God's eyes but in the eyes of all of us. Born to Mr and Mrs.Joseph and Mary Kaniamparambil on 6th March 1919, she was the eldest in a family of five sisters and 3 brothers in Alleppy, Kerala. After her graduation in Trichy she taught and then at the age of 26 yrs she joined the Carmel of Bangalore. What attracted her to Carmel was her desire to give herself totally to God. She joined a Carmel where she could be away from her family.
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Once More!!! Rev. Fr. Saverio Cannistra
This is the expression of the Carmelite Order as they reelect Very Rev. Fr. Saverio Cannistra as the Superior General of the Carmelites for the next six years. He was elected as General in April 2009 in Fatima and now after the completion of six years he has been given the steering wheel again for another term. This year the General Chapter is being held at Avila, Spain, the birth place of St. Teresa of Avila, whose fifth birth centenary is being celebrated this year.
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The Carmelite Family of India (CFI), organized a National Seminar on St. Teresa to mark her 5th Birth Centenary, at AtmaDarshan, Aluva, Kerala, from 6-8 February 2015. The initiative and leadership of Frs. Wilfred Rodrigues OCD and Wilson Srampikal OCD coupled with the generous services of the Executive Committee Members of CFI bore fruit in “Journeying with St. Teresa” for three days, each day taking up a relevant aspect of her life viz: (1) Word of God and St. Teresa, (2) Minor Works of St. Teresa and Teresian Communities and (3) Teresian Spirituality in the Indian Context.
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Marvels at Emmaus
Two new well furnished sound proof, air conditioned counseling cabins were inaugurated and blessed by Fr. Alex Braganza Superior of Avila Jyothi, Mapuca on 23rd April 2015. This date marks the handing over of Emmaus to us in the year 2003 by Mr. Frank Carvalho and his wife Olga Carvalho. Congratulations.
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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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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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