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Renewal Retreat For Secular Carmel in South Africa
On 30 of April the members of the Secular Carmel of Johannesburg community came together for a day of Renewal program at Benoni, Carmelite Retreat House. Fr Arvin Tauro, the director of the Retreat House animated the program. There are eleven active members in the community and all of them participated in the program. Fr John D’Souza, who had come from Cape Town, for a friendly visit to Benoni, with his Guitar led the group into meditative prayer. All members expressed their joy for this spiritual renewal program.
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Blessing of the Foundation Stone in Kempton
On the 29th of April the foundation stone was laid for the extension of Our Lady of Loreto Church, Kempton after the Eucharist. Fr. Peter Rebello the parish priest gave a scriptural background for the blessing of the foundation stone before he blessed the corner stone for the edifice. He reminded people that Jesus Christ is the high priest and he is the foundation of the Church. He also invited people to contribute to the foundation of the Church by their faith filled lives insisting that the church stands strong on the faith of the people of God. Mrs. Bernice read the word of God from the first letter of St. Peter (2: 4-12). After the intercessory prayers Fr. Peter Rebello placed the medal of St. Joseph and the Scapular on the stone and blessed the stone.
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JINNECHE DHAGE RELEASED: STRESSED ON THE NEED OF THOUGHT PROVOKING LITERATURE
Pics--Br. Ivan Sequiera OCD
GOA: JINNECHE DHAGE, a book of essays on Value Education written by Br. John Malvino Alfonso OCD was released at the hands of Sudesh Naik, Headmaster, Govt High School, Sadolxem. Chetan Acharya, President of Konkani Bhasha Mandal was the guest of honour. Speaking on the occasion Chetan Acharya stressed on the need of thought provoking lliterature. Sudesh Naik congratulated Br. John M. Alfonso OCD for giving the readers value-based literature and focussed on the need of readership to Konkani literature. Kamlakar Mhalshi of Om Shree Dutt Padmaja Prakaxon welcomed the gathering. Konkani writer Guadalupe Dias reviewed the book. Fr. Henry Moras OCD, Chaplain, Our Lady of Fatima Chapel, Xellim and Fr. Avito Fernandes, Parish Priest, St. Francis Xavier’s Church, Bhatpal, were on the dais.
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BROCHURE OF CARMEL HILL, CANADA

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THE LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY INAUGURATION SOUVENIR

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Hearty Congratulation to Fr. Ajay Nazareth
Fr. Ajay Nazareth defended his thesis for licentiate on the 7th of April, 2016. Gasper Martinez was the moderator for the defence and Carlos Garcia Llata guided his thesis. We are happy to present to you the glimpse of his thesis in his own words. The friendship of God according to St. Teresa of Jesus in the book of Life. My thesis begins with the words of Pope Francis to the young people, where he invites the new generation to share the friendship of Jesus through the mass media. He explained that, the proposal the Lord has for all young people is a "true friendship, the friendship we all need. Friends like Jesus" this phrase sounds something like what our St. Teresa said in the sixteenth century: "in these times [...] are required strong friends of God to support the weak" (Life 15.5).
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The Feast of Divine Mercy was a grand celebration at the Carmelite Monastery Margao.
As our present Pope Francis dedicated this year to ponder on the Divine Mercy of our God, the diocese of Goa and Daman chose the Carmelite monastery as the centre of Divine Mercy appreciating the availability of the priests for the sacrament of confession and for the spread of this devotion in the whole of the diocese. The feast on the 3rd of April was solemnized by the presence of Dr. Filipe Neri Ferrao, the Archbishop of Goa and Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao, our provincial. Fr. Socorro Mendes the convener of the year of Mercy explained to the congregation the vital role of the Carmelite Fathers in the spread of the devotion of the Divine Mercy in the diocese of Goa. Fr. Anastasio Gomes and Fr. Antonio Silva were the pioneers of this devotion.
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Divine Mercy Sunday at our Lady of Lereto, Kempton Park, South Africa
Hundreds of faithful gathered to celebrate the Divine Mercy Sunday at Our Lady of Lereto Parish, Kempton Park, South Africa. Fr Peter Rebello, the Parish Priest prepared the faithful for the feast with Novena to the Divine Mercy. On 4 April 2016, Divine Mercy Sunday, the celebration stated at 1.30 pm with the sacrament of Reconciliation. Frs Patrick CP, Dadrick CP, Boniface D’Souza OCD, Arvin Tauro OCD helped the Parish Priest, for the celebration of the Sacrament. Fr Boniface D’Souza OCD presided over the concelebrated Mass at 03.00 pm. Fr Arvin Tauro who preached during the mass said Divine Mercy can be a hope for people who do not find meaning in life.
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Carmelites Fraternity Reinforced
March 29, 2016 Tuesday, the Carmelites of K.G. Province serving and studying in Italy congregated together at the historical monastery of Santa Maria della Scala, Rome to celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord. The spiritual celebration commenced at 11-00 am with the Eucharistic banquet presided over by Fr Elias D’ Cunha, the assistant parish priest of Santa Maria, Empoli. Fr Sunil Rodrigues through his inspirational reflection invited all to have deeper and profound union with the Risen Lord setting aside our indifferences. Fr Ivan Pinto, rector of Scala laid a red carpet welcome and expressed words of gratitude to all for their gracious presence. The spiritual festivity was followed by the fellowship meal which added authentic aroma to the celebration. Fr Lawrence D’ Mello invoked the blessings of the Almighty upon the food. Thus the fraternity and unity was reinforced, enriched and cherished by each and every Carmelite who witnessed the celebration.
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Holy Week Celebrations in Sadbhavana
Sadbhavana witnessed a very meaningful Celebration of the Holy Week this year with lots of people participating in the liturgy. On Palm Sunday people gathered at the entrance of Sadbhavana for the blessing of the palms; after the blessing all the faithful went in a short but devout and meaningful procession. Fr. Jerald D’Souza, Superior of Sadbhavana, Presided over the Eucharist and Fr. Arun Lobo broke the word of God encouraging the faithful to spend more time in prayer and reflection in the holy week. Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao, Provincial Superior presided over the Eucharist on Maundy Thursday preaching a heart touching homily inspiring the listeners to understand the love of god in their respectives family life. Inspired by the suggestions of our Holy Father twelve representatives were chosen from the people of God comprising of six each men and women.

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Fr Wilfred Rodrigues defends his thesis
Fr. Wilfred Rodrigues OCD presently the rector of our novitiate house, Tapovana, Kushalnagar defended his thesis on 'Personal Fulfillment and Happiness through Freedom from Cravings - A Comparative Study of Gautama Buddha and St. John of the Cross' on the 11th of March in Mysore University. He finished his thesis much before the stipulated time. The research work of Fr. Wilfred Rodrigues was much appreciated by the examiners, guides and the members of doctoral committee of Mysore University. You have made us proud dear Fr. Wilfred Rodrigues. May your expertise help millions of people to free themselves from their cravings so that they may discover the fulfilment and happiness in their lives. All the very best!
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Easter Celebration at Kadaganchi, Kalaburgi

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Easter Celebration at Amadlelo Aluhlaza, Benoni, South Africa.
The Easter Vigil Mass began at 6.30 pm followed by a small program. People brought and shared various eatables and celebrated the Resurrection of Jesus meaningfully.
As people themselves confessed it was for the first time they witnessed a very large number of congregation for Easter at Carmel. We have also begun the Divine Mercy Chaplet every day as a preparation for the feast of Divine Mercy.
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Dear Friends,
Here you have a 3 minutes short profile video of our Little Flower Monastery at Carmel Hill Canada. Enjoy the show.

Calvary experience on South African mountain
St. Joseph's Catholic Church organised stations of the cross on the mountain on 13th of March. It is for the first time in the history of the parish such kind of devotion was organized. All the participants were spiritually moved by this experience of Calvary.

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DHYANAVANA CONVOCATION DAY : March 19, 2016
The 19th convocation of Dhyanavana, International Institute of Spirituality, Mysore was held on 19 March 2016 at 6 p.m. A total number of 58 sisters received the Diploma and Certificates. 85 sisters attended the different courses throughout the year as residential and day scholars. The keynote convocation address was given by Prof. Jose V.K., Principal, Teresian College, Mysore, on the theme “The Debate on Secularism in our country and the response of the Priests and Religious”. V. Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao, the President of Dhyanavana Institute and Provincial of Karnataka-Goa Province, was the Chief Guest. In his address he appreciated Dhyanavana students, their prayerfulness and resourcefulness, academic and cultural performance.
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BLESSING AND DEDICATION OF THE LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY CHAPEL ON MARCH 19TH, 2016
Dear Friends,
Here I send you photos of the Blessing and Dedication of the Little Flower Monastery Chapel by Archbishop Michael Miller CSB on March 19th 2016 - Solemnity of St. Joseph, Patron of Canada. The weather was perfect and was the first day of Spring this year. Along with the Secular Carmelites there were 75 guests present for the celebration. Fr. Jerald D'Souza organized the liturgical celebration taking care of the meticulous details printed in the liturgical guide and distributed. Frs. Alwyn Sequeira, the Superior of the house, Bro. Joseph Giroux OCD, the bursar and Frs. Steyn Mascarenhas, Rajesh Madtha, Jason Tellis and Fr. Richard Francis D'Souza OCD were present on the occasion. Archbishop solemnly began the celebration blessing the Holy Water at the entrance of the Chapel and sprinkling on the faithful as he processed into the Chapel. After the readings Archbishop preached a spiritually enriching homily highlighting the importance of the blessing and dedication of a Chapel which has its roots in the Old and the New Testament. During the mass Solemn and long prayers of dedication were recited and sung; and the Litany of the Holy Saints was sung, after which the anointing of the Altar was held in a very solemn way; abundant oil was poured on the Altar Marble Slab and in a special way the Altar Relic was blessed and incense was burnt. After the celebration and before the final Blessing Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza thanked the Archbishop for all his help and guidance and thanked each and every one who was instrumental in making this Blessing ceremony a great spiritual nourishment and experience. We thank Molly Dias and Susan and Larry for their help.

Helen's parents Jaime and Josephine Chua Tiampo were specially remembered and gratefully acknowledged Helen's contribution towards this massive building of the Little Flower Monastery. On this occasion we thank all those involved in this project: Helen's Estate Planners, her lawyers Darrel Wickstrom, Leo Amighetti, Accounting department KPMG represented by Pam Prior, Kent, Emmet McGrath, Helen's secretary Steve Creighton, Francis Wong and others. May God bless them all for their time, efforts and their contribution. We also thank the Architect John Clark, Paul Owens, the Alfred Horie Constructions: Steve Paone, Dennis Cadrain and his helpers.

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
www.carmelhill.ca
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ARIEL SHOTS OF OUR MONASTERY at Carmel Hill
Dear friends,
Here are the ariel shots or drone shots of our property and the monastery at Carmel Hill. These photos were clicked by Dennis Cadrain. We all thank him for this unique service to us. Enjoy the photos.
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
www.carmelhill.ca



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Two Lobo’s hit HALF CENTURY!!!
Rev. Fr. Walter Lobo and Rev. Fr. Patrick Lobo celebrated their Golden Jubilee of their Religious profession on the 26th of January in Carmel Hill. The Jubilarians presided over the Eucharistic celebration and Fr. Deep Fernandes preached an inspiring homily to match the celebration. We were glad that their two companions from Manjummel Province Fr. Francis Thannippilly and Fr. Augustine Poopadi could join their batchmates in thanking the Lord for 50 years of blessings! The spiritual celebration was followed by a variety cultural program systematically organized by the community of Carmel Hill, under the guidance of Fr. Prakash D’Cunha. The family members and guests of both the Golden celebrants enhanced the occasion by their joyful and warm presence. All credits to the ones who made their day. Congratulations to the Golden stars! You have been awesomely inspiring. The province ever remains grateful to you.
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​​40 Hours of Adoration in Margao Monastery
40 hrs of continuous adoration at the Carmelite monastery Margao is a time of prayer and encounter with the Lord. This year as it is dedicated to the divine mercy the theme for the adoration was “Be merciful just as your Father is merciful” (Lk6:36). The Eucharistic adoration began on the 25th of February, with the solemn Eucharistic celebration and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament by Rev. Fr. Socorro Mendes the coordinator for the year of mercy for the diocese of Goa and Daman. Fr. Socorro invited the faithful to adore the Lord with one sole desire that is, ‘to become merciful as the heavenly Father.’ He also appreciated the Carmelite fathers for their generous contribution in the ministry of confessions in the arch diocese.
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Inauguration and Blessing of Carmel Park View
‘Carmel Park View’ our new edifice at Vijayanagar was blessed and inaugurated by Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao, Provincial Superior on the 3rd of March, 2016 at 11:00 am. Rev. Fr. Archibald Gonsalves unveiled the plaque bearing the name of the donors Late Mr. James D’souza and Mr. Anil D’Costa. After the blessing of the new building Fr. Archibald Gonsalves presented a brief history of how the dream of ‘Carmel Park View’ was realized. He recalled the initial dialogue with Mr. Anil D'Costa and the intentions he had in mind when gifting us the property. He also acknowledged the roles of Fr. William Miranda (then Provincial Councillor) and Fr. Canute D'Souza (Prov. Procurator) who worked a lot in the beginning, especially in getting the property registered in the name of the Carmelites.
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Infant Jesus Feast at Tapovana
History was created on Sunday, 31st of January 2016 when for the first time the feast of Infant Jesus was celebrated at Tapovana, Kushalnagar. It was preceded by the novena for 9 days. After the solemn Eucharist, presided over by the prior Fr. Wilfy Rodrigues during which he explained the origin and the development of the devotion and the need of the celebration of the feast, a small procession with the statue of the Infant Jesus was taken around the monastery. Thereafter the devotees were anointed with the holy oil of Infant Jesus. A sumptuous breakfast sponsored by a devotee, was served to more than 125 people gathered for the solemn feast. The calendars donated by the Infant Jesus shrine, Mangalore, were also distributed to all.
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Seminar on Extraordinary Jubilee year of Mercy
On 21st February 2016, Dhyanavana International Institute of Spirituality, Mysore in association with CRI ,Mysore and and KRCBC (Karnataka Regional Commission for Formation) organized Seminar at Pushpashram Auditorium , Mysore. The seminar was on “Extra ordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy” on the theme ‘MERCIFUL LIKE THE FATHER’. Around 450 priests and religious attended this seminar belonging to 69 congregations from Mysore diocese. The seminar began at 9.00 AM with arrival and registration. At 9.15 am our Bishop of Mysore Rt.Rev. Thomas Vazhappily Inaugurated the seminar with a short reflection on the implication of mercy on our community life. Symbolically lightening of the lamp was done and then we proceeded to the sessions. All the speakers were highly knowledgeable and very informative in their presentations.
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LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY: COMPARATIVE ALBUM: FEBRUARY 24, 2015 and  2016
Dear Friends,
Good morning. Hope you had a wonderful week. Here I send you a comparative album of the photos clicked on February 24th in 2015 and on February 24th 2016. This comparison will certainly raise your eyebrows as to the work that is accomplished within one year from the moment we started cutting trees to the completion of the landscaping around the monastery. We will be posting the 31st album shortly. Thank you for your support and interest in this venture.
 
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
www.carmelhill.ca
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LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY  ALBUM NO. 31 - First Visitors - Come and See
Dear Friends,
Here are the first visitors to our facility. When we met Archbishop Michael Miller CSB recently he said to us that a Diocesan Spirituality institute "Rosemary Heights" has been shut down due to maintenance costs as that building was old. He told us that there are many groups who would want to come and use our facility. Already a few groups have booked our facility after April this year. This is very encouraging to us. Well, we will make the best use of this opportunity to diffuse Carmelite Spirituality and to be a great service to the people of God and to the Archdiocese of Vancouver.
All the best

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
www.carmelhill.ca
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Grand celebration organized for Fr. Alwyn Sequeira ocd
Dear Friends,
We had a grand celebration organized for Fr. Alwyn Sequeira ocd. He arrived Vancouver on January 19th and successfully completed his procedures in getting all his initial documents for his stay in Canada. On February 16th he met Archbishop Michael Miller and the Vicar General Fr. Joseph Phung. Then he he was introduced to various administrative departments in the Diocesan Chancery. Then in the evening we had a grand welcoming celebration at St. Edmunds community with an introduction from Fr. Jeson Tellis and prayer by Bro. Joseph Giroux, sumptuous dinner arranged by Fr. Jerald D'Souza and Fr. Steny Mascarenhas. Fr. Rajesh Madtha offered him flower bouquet and welcomed him into Canadian Carmelite Community. After our wonderful meal we gave him a tearful sendoff praying that he will continue his stay at Carmel Hill with Bro. Joseph Giroux OCD.

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
www.carmelhill.ca
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Blessing of Belfry and Tabernacle in Kempton Park, South Africa
13th February was ndeed a great day for the parish of Our Lady of Loreto, Kempton Park as the archbishop of Johannesburg, Joseph Buti, presided over the Eucharist concelebrated by the parish priest, Fr. Peter and Arvin Tauro along with deacon Keith Mackenzie to bless the Belfry and the new tabernacle. During the Eucharistic celebration the new tabernacle and image of mother Mary were blessed and after the homily archbishop commissioned proclaimers, and catechism teachers and ushers of our parish. In his homily archbishop highlighted the importance of mercy towards our brothers and sisters which originates only being in the presence of God.
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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 RELEASED!
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.


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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