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Fr. Charles Serrao begins Pastoral Visitation in Canada
On October 6th 2015 Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao OCD (Provincial) landed at YVR International Airport Vancouver at 2.10 pm. Fr. Rudolf escorted him to Guardian Angels Rectory. After a short time of rest at 6.30 pm Fr. Jerald D’Souza superior at St. Edmund’s community arranged a great dinner. During this short meeting over this delicious dinner Fr. Charles Serrao shared some important details of the recent concluding St. Teresa’s V Birth Centenary celebrations held in Vailankanni. Fr. Provincial left for Prince George on October 7th early morning for pastoral visitation and he will be visiting Kilowna and Calgary before he lands back in Vancouver on October 11th.
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Guardian Angels Parish feast : Canada
Guardian Angels Parish feast was celebrated on October 3rd in the Millennium Hall of the parish. The celebration included a Magic Show, a Concert by Chris and Galangar and a wonderful singing by Rachel Dilman. Dinner was served and Frs. Rudolf and Rajesh welcomed the guests and thanked them for their support, friendship and their presence. We specially thank the organizers of this event: Rizalina Geronimo, Jenniefer Po, Cecil Boziac, Terri O’Niel, Cathy Danford and other volunteers who made this event a great success.
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Feast of our Patroness great St. Teresa of Avila @ Sadbhavana
We, the community of Sadbhavana were overjoyed to celebrate the feast of our Patroness great St. Teresa of Avila on Monday, 5th of October. We were elated to sing the praises of God along with the Carmelite Family of Bengaluru, Carmel Kutam, Choir Members of Sadbhavana and all everloving neighbouring priests and religious. It was a meaningful and fraternal get together. Rev. Fr. Joe Mathias SJ, Rector of St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary, Malleshwaram, Bengaluru presided over the solemn Eucharist and preached an inspiring homily. After the Eucharist Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao, Provincial Superior expressed the sentiments of gratitude to one and all. Rev. Fr. Silvestre D’Souza, Councilor in charge of Spirituality was felicitated as he completed 25 years of Religious Life. After the Mass all partook in the sumptuous monastic meal prepared by a monk (Fr. Jerald Dsouza, Superior).
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Solemn Profession and Diaconate celebrations in Tanzania
The Karnataka-Goa Province along with the Vicariate of Tanzania rejoices in the dual celebration of the Solemn Profession and Diaconate of Bros. Nelson Osmond Vaz and Raymond Sangu. These two young men committed themselves perpetually through the evangelical vows on the 25th of September, 2015at Kihonda, Tanzania. The Eucharistic Celebration was presided over by the Regional Vicar Rev. Fr. Marlon Rodrigues. It was a long-awaited dream in the life of these brothers as they made their perpetual commitment in the hands of the Regional Vicar.
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Pushpashrama the institute of Philosophy and religion, situated at R. S Naidu Nagar, Mysuru, celebrated on the 27th of September its Golden Jubilee.
The thanksgiving mass was offered at 10.30 A.M. presided over by Most Rev. Dr. Thomas Vazapilly the Bishop of Mysore and concelebrated by 78 priests. Thereafter celebration was held at the institute auditorium. The guest of honour was Rev. Fr. Saverio Cannistra the Superior General of the Discalced Carmelite Order. The stage was shared with him by another two dignitaries namely Rev. Fr. Johannes Gorantla the Definitor General and Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao the Provincial. The students of Flos Carmeli School invoked the presence of God through prayer dance. Rev. Fr. Alfred Menezes the Rector, welcomed the guests.
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Dear Fathers, Brothers and Sisters,

Mr. Peter Rosario, the dad of Fr. Melvin Rosario had a brain stroke on Monday breathed his last today morning. The funeral will be tomorrow at 4:00 PM in Kuppepadau
Contact: Fr. Melwin Rosario on: 07829154669
Email: melwinpro@yahoo.com

Mr. Joseph Michael Dsouza, aged 90, paternal uncle of Fr. Joseph DSouza Sr passed away last night. The funeral will be held tomorrow (Sunday) in St. Antony's Church, Padukone, at 3:30 pm
Contact: Fr. Joseph Dsouza 8050384327

May the Lord grant eternal rest to their souls

News Bulletin from Carmel Hill, Canada

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Monthi fest –Titular feast celebrated at Bajjodi, Infant Mary church.
08, September 2015.
The Monthi fest celebration commenced with a procession from the Opus Spiritus Sancti convent to the Infant Mary church, Bajjodi at 8 Am. All the faithful, especially children took part in it with great enthusiasm having basketful of flowers to be offered to Mamma Mary. Rev. Fr. Shabas Crasta, presided over the Eucharist along with the Fr. Deep Fernandes, Fr. Christopher SJ, and Fr. Jocy D’souza. Rev. Fr. Jocy D’ Souza preached the inspiring homily saying, “ ‘Monthi fest’ - a feast that is close to the heart of all Christians of Canara (Mangaluru) has a special role to play in every Christian's life;
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Monthi Fest at Sadbhavana
Monthi Fest was celebrated with all solemnity and joy in Sadbhavana on Sunday, 6th of September. All the faithful gathered at the entrance to honor the Infant Mary with the colorful flower brought by little children accompanied by the melodious and traditional hymn “Mariyek Hogolsiyam.” New corns were blessed and in procession the devotees turned their steps towards the altar of God. Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao, the provincial superior presided over the Eucharistic celebration while Fr. Lawrence D’Cunha preached a meaningful homily. New corns were distributed by the main celebrant and the children were offered sweet sugar canes after the mass.
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Bajjodians Rock in Fancy Dress Competition
August 16, 2015, Bajjodians for the first time participated in the fancy dress competition organized by Don Bosco Natak Sabha and to the amazement of all Bajjodians gave a fantastic performance under the leadership of Mr. Reethan Cutinha and Mr. Deepak Albuquerque. The children bellow-15 category bagged prizes in solo, duet and group and obtained overall first place. In the above-15 category Bajjodians secured the second place.
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August 16, 2015
The ICYM Youth of Bajjodi unit in collaboration with ICYM City Deanery had organized Inter-Parish Singing Comepetition on the eve of “Konkani Manyatha Divas”. Fr. George Crasta, City Varado ICYM Director was the Guest for the inaugural programme. Fr. Shabas Crasta, the parish priest of Infant Mary Church, Fr. Jocy, ICYM Director Bajjodi unit, Mr. Clanute Lobo, President and Mr. Rainish D’ Souza, Secretory of Bajjodi ICYM unit were also present. There was active participation from different parishes. Mr. Lancy Moras and Mr. Maxim Pereira were the judges for the event. Mr. Godwin Rasquinha, the main sponsor of the event felicitated the winners. Ms. Jonita and Mr. David compeered the programme.
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“Para Vos Nací” @ Ávila
The international centenary celebration of St. Teresa was held on August 10th – 14th, 2015 at the birth place of St. Teresa, Avila, Spain. The celebration was attended by the fathers, brothers, sisters and the laity belonging to various Carmelite families of the world. The groups were divided on the basis of language and were accommodated at the various centers in Avila. The Karnataka-Goa Province was represented by Frs. Joseph D’Souza (Sr), Donath Rebeiro, Vinod Lobo, and Ajay Nazareth.
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July 26 – Carmelite Family get together Mysore
Carmelite family get together was held on 26 July in Flos carmeli premises organized by Congregation of Teresian Sisters (CTS). Meeting started with Eucharistic celebration at 10:00 am. Rev Fr. George Santhmayor was the chief celebrant of the festive thanksgiving mass. He preached the word of God and inspired the congregation to live in the spirit of Carmel, by meditating and practicing the message of Pope Francis 'to look to the past with gratitude, to live the present with passion and work for the future with hope.' After the Eucharistic celebration Pushpashrama community organized the group dynamics and then the group discussed about future assignments led by under the able leadership of Rev. Fr. Dominic vas followed by a fellowship meal.
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B'day of Fr. Rudy celebrated
On Monday July 27, 2015, all the friars around Vancouver came together at St. Edmund’s to celebrate the birthday of beloved Fr. Rudolf D’Souza, Regional Superior of Canada Region. Fr. Jerald D’Souza organized the event and wished him well. He also thanked Fr. Rudy for his initiative in the Canada Region. He reminded friars about Fr. Rudy’s hard, dedicated and committed work at Carmel Hill. Fr. Rudy is a blessing to the Region and in turn he is a blessing to the Province, a blessing to all the Carmelite friars and Mother Church, he exclaimed. Fr. Steny Mascarenhas, Pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church, Agassiz prepared a delicious meal. Fr. Rajesh Madtha, chaplain of St. Paul’s Hospital, wished Fr. Rudy with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of everyone present. Br. Josef Giroux also joined in the celebration. Long live Fr. Rudy. We are proud of you
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Mount Carmel Feast at Carmel Hill, Mangaluru
The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel was celebrated with great solemnity and devotion at Infant Jesus Shrine, Bikarnakatte – Manlore on Sunday, 19th July, 2015. The celebration began with the Eucharist presided over by Rev. Fr. Victor Machado, Parish Priest of Holy Cross Church, Kulshekar - Mangalore. The Celebrant in his homily highlighted the significance of the feast and the devotion of the Scapular: “Carmel which is the most beautiful mountain in Israel is the origin of the Carmelite Order and Mary whose feast we celebrate today, is the patroness of this Order dedicated to prayer, contemplation and apostolic actitivity.” He invited the devotees to adorn themselves with Mary’s virtues to be beautiful.
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First Profession in Tanzanina
The Discalced Carmelite Vicariate of Tanzania rejoices to have three newly professed brothers on the 20th of July 2015 to mark the feast of Prophet Elias the inspirer of the Carmelite Order. The professed brothers had completed a year of intensive spiritual preparation in the novitiate in Malawi. Rev. Fr. Marlon Rodrigues OCD, the Regional Vicar presided over the mass and received the vows of the three novices. Six brothers also renewed their temporal vows for another year. Twelve Carmelite priests concelebrated the Eucharist which was witnessed by the parents, relatives and a good number of the religious brothers and sisters from the neighborhood.

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Br. John Malvino Alfonso OCD was felicitated by Fr. Freddy J Da Costa Memorial Trust and GULAB as the BEST WRITER of GULAB a konkani monthly.
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First Bulletin from Carmel Hill, Canada

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Mt. Carmel Feast at Carmel Ashram, Koteshwar
The titular feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel was celebrated in Carmel Ashram at Katkere, Koteshwar on 18th July, 2015 at 5.00 pm. The main celebrant of the solemn Eucharistic celebration was Rev. Fr. Joe Tauro OCD, rector of St Joseph Monastery, Bikarnakatte. Priests from the deanery and a few Carmelite friars concelebrated in the thanksgiving mass. In the homily the main celebrant highlighted the importance of the Mt. Carmel Feast and invited the devotees to be be clothed in the virtues of Mother Mary. At the end of the Eucharistic celebration Fr. Felix Moras OCD Superior of Carmel Ashram expressed his sentiments of gratitude to all those who played the role in the festive celebration.
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In preparation for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, St. Edmund's Church held a Novena with Masses celebrated by OCD friar, Fr. Jerald D'Souza. On July 16 at 7pm, the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Mass was celebrated at St. Edmund's Church. Parishioners, devotees of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel along with OCDS members, Religious and Secular members filled the church. A beautiful flower arrangement surrounded the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel which stood prominently in front of the altar. Bishop David Monroe of Kamloops was the homilist and the main celebrant having especially made the five-hour drive to North Vancouver. OCD friars Fr. Rudolf D'Souza, Fr. Jerald D'Souza, Fr. Steny Mascarenhas, Fr. Rajesh Madtha together with Msgr. Gregory Smith, Fr. James Comey and Fr. Paul Goo, priests of the North Shore Deanery, concelebrated.
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Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Celebrated in Sadbhavana, Bengaluru
Carmelite Fathers of Sadbhavana along with the vibrant Carmel Kutam celebrated the Feast of our Lady of Mount Carmel on the 19th of July, 2015 in the Sadbhavana premises. The celebration began with the solemn procession of our Lady of Mount Carmel in a beautifully decorated chariot on Dr. Rajkumar Road. Nearly four hundred people participated in the pious procession reciting the Holy Rosary and singing Marian hymns after V. Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao, Provincial Superior of Carmelites of Karnatak-Goa province blessed and incensed the Chariot. After the solemn procession the statue was installed in the chapel for veneration by Rev. Fr. Archibald Gonsalves who presided over the festive Eucharist.
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Secular Carmel (OCDS) started in Tapovana
Tapovana unit of Secular Carmel (OCDS) at Kushalnagar was started in August 2014 under the initiative of Fr.Wilfred Rodrigues and the collaboration of the Novitiate Community. After almost a year's contact 16 lay faithful were received into the Novitiate with the vestition during the mass on 5th July 2015 by Fr. Charles Serrao, the Provincial who was on pastoral visitation of the community of Tapovana. Fr. Mari Joseph working in South Africa who was on vacation and came to spend 2-3 days in Tapovana preached an excellent homily with his inimitable style urging the faithful to see Jesus like the shepherds, to experience Jesus even on Calvary like Mother Mary, to touch Jesus like the woman suffering from hemorrhage and take Jesus home like Jairus. Breakfast was served to all after the Mass.
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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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