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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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