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THE PRECAUTIONS
(St. John of the Cross)

Dear Friends,
The Precautions of St. John of the Cross are a precious treasure for those who wish to live an authentic Christian life and attain perfection of Christian charity within a short period of time. When reading the Precautions, we may feel they are hard and too tough to practice, but the intention of St. John of the Cross was to help the aspirants to experience God in their daily life and be united with Him on a daily basis regardless of the difficulties involved. These are very practical recommendations and are helpful for spiritual direction and discernment. Here I have prepared a short commentary on these precautions, which I presume will be useful for spiritual reading and spiritual growth. These reflections will be uploaded on the Carmelite Website of our Province shortly.

Thanking you,
Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza OCD


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HIGHLIGHTS

Pushpashrama Annual Day 2024
Pushpashrama Annual Day, a celebration of talent, dedication, and camaraderie, was held on the 18th of February 2024, marking the culmination of two months of intense competitions. The event served as a platform for students to showcase their skills and creativity in various domains. Throughout the preceding two months, students engaged in seventeen competitions, both individual and group-based. These competitions encompassed a wide array of activities, ranging from academic pursuits to artistic expressions, all reflecting the ethos of St. Therese of Lisieux. Credit goes to Fr. Lancy Levis and Fr. Don Tony D’Souza for meticulously organizing these competitions, ensuring a smooth and enriching experience for all participants. The annual day event commenced with a warm welcome extended by Fr. Oswald Crasta, the Rector of Pushpashrama. Rev. Fr. Archibald Gonsalves OCD, the Vicar Provincial, graced the occasion as the chief guest. His insightful address on the themes of 'growth,' 'progress,' and 'success' resonated deeply with the audience, inspiring both students and faculty alike. Fr. Archibald Gonsalves also had the honour of presenting the prizes to the deserving winners, acknowledging their hard work and achievements.

Dental Camp at Mount Carmel School Kadaganchi
On February 19, 2024, a collaborative effort between Sannidhi Social Work Centre, a unit of Carmel Jyothi NGO, and HKE S Nijalingappa Institute of Dental Sciences and Research, Kalaburagi, culminated in the organization of a highly beneficial dental camp at Mount Carmel School Kadaganchi. Spearheaded by Doctor Naveen Kharbhari, 17 proficient doctors from S Nijalingappa Institute of Dental Sciences and Research, Kalaburagi, conducted the camp, extending their expertise to attendees. The camp presented a valuable opportunity for students from LKG to 7th standard, as well as teaching and non-teaching staff, to undergo comprehensive oral health check-ups and treatments. Commencing with a prayer led by 7th standard students, the event's proceedings were gracefully orchestrated by Sr. Shilpa. Distinguished guests including Fr. William Miranda, the secretary of Carmel Jyothi Charitable Trust, Fr. Deepak Thomas, Correspondent of the MCS Kadaganchi, and Director of Sannidhi Social Welfare Centre Kadaganchi, alongside Dr. Naveen and his proficient team, graced the occasion with their presence. The inauguration of the camp was marked by the symbolic act of watering saplings, signifying growth and well-being, before the doctors commenced their diligent examination of the children's oral health.

Blood Donation and Eye Check-Up Camp at St. Mary's Church, Hegde Nagar
St. Mary's Church, Hegde Nagar, in collaboration with Carmel Jyothi Charitable Trust, Sri Manyatha Voluntary Blood Centre, and Sri Sai Eye Hospital, organized a commendable initiative comprising a blood donation camp and an eye check-up camp on 18th February 2024. The event aimed to address critical healthcare needs within the community and promote the spirit of philanthropy and health awareness. The blood donation camp witnessed active participation from the community. A total of 34 individuals generously volunteered to donate blood. The eye check-up camp catered to the vision health needs of the community. A significant number of individuals, totalling 98, availed themselves of this service. Through comprehensive eye examinations, potential vision problems were identified, enabling timely intervention and treatment. As a result of the eye check-up camp, 20 individuals were identified as needing cataract surgery. The collaboration with Sri Sai Eye Hospital ensures that these individuals will receive the necessary treatment, restoring their vision and improving their quality of life. The parish extends its heartfelt gratitude to all volunteers, donors, medical staff, and collaborating organizations for their invaluable contributions and unwavering support in making this event a resounding success.

Priestly Ordinations at Bengaluru and Mangaluru
“He has made them the vicars of His love!” These words of St. Ambrose resonated loud and clear amidst shouts of joy and jubilation in the Discalced Carmelite Province of Karnataka Goa as four deacons were anointed with the holy oil and raised to the order of the presbyterate. Fr. Anthony Stephen was ordained as a priest in his native parish, i.e., St. John the Baptist Church, Vijayanagar, Bengaluru, by Most Rev. Henry D’Souza, the Bishop of Bellary, on January 21, 2024. Fr. Richard Menezes was the commentator for the liturgy. Fr. Anthony is the first vocation born in the parish administered by the Carmelites for the past 25 years, and hence, during the ordination mass, a large number of faithful gathered was a witness to this fact. In his homily, Bishop stressed on the vocation of priesthood and the priceless value attached to it! After the mass, a short felicitation was organized, which was conducted by Fr. Prasanna. The parents of Fr. Anthony, Bishop Henry D'Souza, and Fr. Silvestre D’Souza, the Provincial, were honored by Fr. Anthony. In turn, he too was honored by them. After celebratory speeches and well wishes, all partook in the sumptuous lunch. After lunch, the Carmelites, benefactors, and friends marched to Mangalore to witness another ordination ceremony on the 23rd of January.

Infant Jesus Feast @ Asha Deepa, Madanthyar
Asha Deepa House resonated with joy and spiritual fervour as it celebrated the Feast of the Infant Jesus on January 19th, 2024, at 5:30 pm. The main celebrant for the occasion was Fr. Walter Dmello, the Vicar Forane of Belthangady Deanery. In his homily, he emphasized the importance of growing in wisdom and leading a life that pleases God. The celebration was attended by a notable congregation, with around 13 priests, a deacon, and a large number of devotees of Infant Jesus gracing the event. Following the Mass, snacks were graciously served to the devotees, fostering a sense of community and togetherness. A special dinner was arranged in the refectory, where priests and religious sisters gathered to enjoy a moment of fellowship.The celebration of the Feast of Infant Jesus at Asha Deepa House was a resounding success, filled with spiritual inspiration and communal joy.

The Blessing and Inauguration of the Newly Constructed Grotto of Blessed Virgin Mary
The much-anticipated and joyous occasion of the blessing and inauguration of the newly constructed Grotto of Blessed Virgin Mary at St. Antony Church, Koteshwar Parish, unfolded on the 7th of January 2024, immediately following the Mass. The donor, Mr. Donald D'Silva, played a pivotal role in this momentous event. He was bestowed with the honour of cutting the ribbon, symbolizing the formal inauguration of the Grotto. In recognition of his unparalleled generosity, Mr. D'Silva was felicitated, and a special image of Mother Mary was presented to him as a heartfelt memento, acknowledging his significant contribution. The ceremony of blessing the Grotto was led by Fr Praveen Pinto, OCD, the Parish Priest of St. Antony Church, Koteshwar. The sacred rites were further enriched by the presence and participation of Fr Cyril Menezes, OCD, the former Parish Priest of St. Antony Church, Koteshwar, along with Fr Joe Tauro, OCD, and Fr Rocke D’Costa, contributing to the solemnity of the occasion. Mr. Walter Pinto, the architect, was commended and felicitated for his exceptional expertise and dedication. The beauty and significance of the structure stand as a testament to his skill and commitment to the project.

Temporary Promise, Investiture, and Aspirancy of OCDS @ Margao
“My soul magnifies the Lord” ceremonial theme to the Rite.
On Friday 22nd December, at the end of the Advent Season, the Secular Carmelites of St. Therese of the Child Jesus Community Margao-Goa, joyously sand O Come, Divine Messiah! The last fervent cries that the Mystical body sends up to heaven, pleading for the coming of the Redeemer. At Lar de Santa Terezinha’s quaint little Chapel, with joy and awe welcomed Rev. Fr. Silvestre D Souza OCD, Provincial Superior of Karnataka-Goa Province, to preside the most Holy Eucharist and concelebrant Rev. Fr. George Santhumayor OCD, Spiritual Assistant, and family members, to witness the Rite of the Temporary Promise, Investiture and Aspirancy. Seventeen members along with the Director of Formation Beliza Antao, entered in procession to the alter, like Mary, their spirit rejoiced in God the Savior. The scripture readings were deeply significant to our vocation as Seculars Carmelites, the particular aspect of the Blessed Virgin Mary “meditate in the heart” is so fitting since Carmel is wholly Mary’s.

Special Blessing of Children at Infant Jesus Shrine
The Infant Jesus Shrine, Carmel Hill - Mangaluru held today the Feast of the Holy Innocents. Since it is a Thursday there were nine Holy Masses in honour of Infant Jesus. A special Mass was celebrated at 10.30 am where Fr Rudolph D'Souza, OCD presided over and preached a very meaningful homily. In his homily while reflecting on the plight of those innocent children who were massacred by King Herod, he explained how children become easy victims of abuse, substance abuse, addiction etc. There were special prayers and individual anointing of children after the Mass. A theme song of the Annual Feast of Infant Jesus was released at the same occasion. Deva Sobd Monis Zalo – a new hymn composed by Rev Fr Aaaron Babush Rodrigues, reflects on the humanity of Jesus. The Church today celebrates the Feast of Holy Innocents. The day commemorates the execution of the innocent, male children in Bethlehem as told in Matthew 2:16. A special blessing is invoked on children on this day.

‘Sensitivity’ lifts the ‘Limitation of Senses’
On December 17, 2023, Dhyana Jyothi Trust organized a Christmas Celebration for the differently abled and visually impaired in Bengaluru at Holy Ghost Church hall. The event aimed at bringing the joy of Christ the newborn king into the lives of these special people who often face challenges and hardships in their daily lives due to their physical limitations. The event was attended by more than over 100 handicapped and blind personnel, along with their families and friends. The event was also beautified by the presence of many people of goodwill who came to support and encourage the participants. The program was inaugurated by the lighting of the lamp; it was lit by (names), the chief guests for the celebration. Prominent individuals from fields, such as education, social work, and media were present for the event. The chief guests Dr Nimmy Shetty, a dental Surgeon by profession and a philanthropist at heart, Mr. Anant Nayak, Manager, South Indian Bank, Cox Town, Mr Silvian Noronha, Former President of FKCA, Bengaluru, Fr Rudolph D'Souza, Carmelite Priest from Canada delivered inspiring speeches, highlighting the importance of celebrating the spirit of Christmas with love, compassion, and gratitude. They also appreciated the efforts and talents of the differently abled, and urged them to pursue their dreams and aspirations.

Province Day and Silver Jubilee of Profession @ Sadbhavana
The celebration of the Province Day at Sadbhavana on December 13, 2023, was a joyous occasion that coincided with the Silver Jubilee of the Religious Profession of Frs. Jeevan Tauro, Alphonse Britto, Rovel D’Souza, Ajith Rodrigues and Canute Tauro. The last two were abroad for studies, but were fondly remembered. It was graced by the presence of all the superiors of the Province and the friars from the Bengaluru region. Notably, Fr Rudolf V. D’Souza from Canada was also in attendance, accenting the international solidarity within the fraternity. The heart of the celebration was the Eucharistic banquet held at 6:00 pm, officiated by the Provincial. Fr Jeevan delivered a moving homily, shedding light on St. Therese's love for her Carmelite vocation and priests. The liturgy which was beautifully animated by Fr Alphonse Britto and the choir by Fr Richard Menezes, created a spiritual and serene ambience to the celebration. Following the mass, a felicitation ceremony was organized in the quadrangle of Sadbhavana, with Fr Ronald D’Souza serving as the master of ceremony. Fr Archibald extended a warm welcome to all friars present, setting the tone for the evening. Fr Oswald Crasta raised the toast, tracing salient moments in our history and expressed heartfelt wishes to the jubilarians, highlighting some of their outstanding qualities.

Childrens day celebrated at Infant Jesus Shrine
On November 30, 2023, Infant Jesus Shrine, Carmel Hill, organized a special celebration for the children. The celebration was held at the shrine campus, where the tiny tots gathered along with their parents to celebrate childhood. The celebration began with the 10.30am Mass, which was celebrated by Rev. Fr Vivian Menezes, who has been working as a missionary in Tanzania since 25 years. During his homily, he taught the children a lovely hymn in Ki-Swahili, which everyone picked up, and added their voices to. The brief celebration outside the campus started with a lively action song, in which every child took active part. As the tempo increased, kids felt the adventure, and gleefully danced to the tune of the song. The action song was followed by a short game, in which children ran about forming groups with one another. The winners were given exciting prizes, which was a surprise! All children manifesed a game spirit and mingled with new friends. The celebration ended with the distribution of sweet ladoos to every child. The children thanked the priests and brothers for the wonderful celebration and expressed their happiness and gratitude. The Priests thanked the children and their parents for their active participation and wished them a happy and blessed Children’s Day. The children then left Infant Jesus Shrine with smiles on their faces and memories in their hearts.

Tailoring Centre @ Kadaganchi
On November 29, 2023, the Carmel Jyothi Tailoring Centre in Kadaganchi, a unit under the Carmel Jyothi Charitable Trust, was inaugurated at 10:45 am. The event was graced by Fr. William Miranda OCD, Secretary for Social Work, Fr. Deepak Thomas KJ OCD, Superior of Carmel Sannidhi and Director of Carmel Jyothi Social Welfare Centre, Sr. Shilpha Carmel Jyothi Social Work Coordinator, Mr. Biranna Waggi (Person in Charge of the Hanuman Temple), Mr. Shanthappa Bhute, Teacher Mounamma, and 35 students. The program commenced with a welcome song by the participants. The guests were greeted with a flower. Following the warm welcome, Fr. Deepak Thomas, along with Mr. Biranna Waggi, Mr. Shanthappa Bhute, and Teacher Mounamma, inaugurated the new tailoring unit by cutting the ribbon. Post-inauguration, Fr. William addressed the students, providing insights into the rules and regulations of the tailoring school, addressing queries, and clarifying doubts. Subsequently, Fr. Deepak conveyed his best wishes to the participants. The attendees were then grouped, and Sister, along with the teacher, provided further instructions. Serving as the Master of Ceremonies, Sr. Shilpa guided the program, and with a vote of thanks, the inaugural event concluded. Tea and snacks were offered to the participants after the program.

ANNUAL DAY CELEBRATION OF ST. TERESA OF AVILA OCDS COMMUNITY
The Annual Day Celebration of St. Teresa of Avila Community, Bikarnakatte, Mangaluru, affiliated with St. Joseph’s Monastery, Bikarnakatte, Mangaluru, took place on October 13, 2023, at the St. Joseph’s Monastery Hall. The event was a joyful Family Get-Together, graced by the presence of distinguished guests, Brothers, and family members. The function was presided over by Rev. Fr Melvin D’Cunha OCD, the Superior of St. Joseph’s Monastery. Rev. Fr Deep Fernandes OCD, the Provincial Delegate of OCDS, honoured the occasion as the Chief Guest. Additionally, Rev. Fr Liguory Crasta OCD, Administrator of Ryshivana, Ranipur, was present as the Guest of Honour. Rev. Fr Ivan D'souza OCD, Spiritual Assistant, Mrs. Jacintha Lobo OCDS, President of the Council, and Mrs. Laveena D'mello, Provincial Council member, Presided over the function. The program commenced with Mass at the Shrine followed by Vespers. A concise report was presented by Mrs. Precilla D’Souza, OCDS, Secretary. Rev. Fr Melvin D’Cunha OCD expressed gratitude to the OCDS members for their dedicated service to the Shrine. In his address, the Chief Guest, Rev. Fr Deep Fernandes OCD, acknowledged this OCDS group as one of the oldest, emphasizing its maturity and ongoing development. He emphasized the importance of hard work and service to the needy for further progress. Mrs. Laveena Dmello, OCDS, a member of the Provincial Council, elaborated on the chosen theme of the Annual Day, highlighting the symbolism of grapes in a vineyard to uniting together, drawing parallels to the community's unity.

OCDS St. Therese Community Margao-Goa – Fundraising for Mission
The yearly mission sale of St. Therese of the Child Jesus Community based at Lar de Santa Terezinha, Pajifond Margao-Goa, was held on 29th October 2023, for Jagalur and Local mission. Members worked tirelessly to put up a spectacular goan home-style variety of bakes and snacks, sorpotel and sanas, and much more, and it was fruitful. The members were deeply moved to Support Fr. Sylvester Pereira OCD, Superior, and two friars at the Carmelite Monastery, Holy Spirit Mission Station Jagalur- Karnataka, who live among simple people to Witness Christ and His values, they render yeoman service for the empowerment of the poor and unprivileged, even as they face challenges and setbacks. 19th November, Fr. Vishan Vinu Monis of Jagalur mission was warmly received at the fraternity meeting vespers and in short reflected on love (Walking in Love) to honor St. Therese this year, coincidently this day happened to be Pope Francis's seventh year for, the World Day of the Poor, this year the theme being “Do not look away from the poor” (Tobit 4:7). Overwhelmed by the OCDS members' generosity and care for the mission, he quoted Mathew 25:40, to thank the community for their kindness. Mr. Agnelo Braganza OCDS, I Councillor, in charge of the mission, presented him with the contribution, which will be used to provide shelter to a needy parish family.

Pro Orantibus Day celebrated at the Infant Jesus Shrine
Infant Jesus Shrine, Carmel Hill - Mangaluru, celebrated Pro Orantibus Day a day dedicated to all Cloistered communities, on 23rd November 2023. It was Pope Pius XII, who on November 21st, 1953, instituted the titled day, on the Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin. This day invites the faithful to thank God of the gift of contemplative life and to pray earnestly for those men and women, who respond to God’s call within the four walls of their community, and generously intercede for the needs of the world, and for the building up of the Lord’s Kingdom. The Holy Eucharist was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Rudolf D’Souza, OCD. Rev. Sr. Jacintha OCD, a cloistered Carmelite nun from Kankanady Carmel, who was present for the Mass, addressed the congregation and spoke of the contemplative life of a Cloistered Carmelite nun. Rev. Fr. Stifan Periera, the Director of the Shrine, prompted questions to Sr. Jacintha, and her responses revealed a deeper insight into the reality of their life in the cloister.

A Photograph Contest by Naman Ballok Jesu
Nov.14: To mark the occasion of Children’s Day, a Photography Contest was held by Naman Ballok Jesu wherein a photograph was to be clicked of a child between the age group of 3 to 15 years with Naman Ballok Jesu Magazine. More than 50 children participated in this competition and showed their enthusiasm and creativity in a spectacular manner. The creativity in these photographs were well appreciated by all.
The Winners are:
First: Ruhi Nia Castelino
Second: Preethal Pinto
Third: Shanelle Mascarenhas

Annual Day of Ballok Jezu Kutam
The organization of Ballok Jezu Kutam celebrated their Annual Day at Infant Jesus Shrine, Carmel Hill - Bikarnakatte, Mangaluru on 16th November 2023. Ballok Jezu Kutam is a group of volunteers, who offer their time and energy for the smooth running of the Shrine. They number around 40 who are from various walks of life. Even in the midst of their busy professional and personal schedules, they make the needs of the Shrine a priority and have always been at the beck and call of the Shrine. The group had its beginning in the year 2014. “The more you honour me, the more will I bless you,” says Infant Jesus of Prague. These men and women, honour Infant Jesus by sparing their time and resources for the Shrine, and the growing number itself is proof of their reception of manifold graces from Infant Jesus. The happiness and peace that each of them radiates is joyfully contagious. A thanksgiving Mass was solemnized at 10:30 am in the Shrine, to thank God for the blessings and to implore divine favours and benedictions on all the members of the group; the Mass was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Deep Fernandes, OCD the Delegate Provincial to the OCDS.

THE OCDS OF KARNATAKA- GOA PROVINCE : OCDS 2023 - CONGRESS – “Walking in Love”
After two years of absence due to the pandemic, the Congress was even more special with the participation of 92 Secular Carmelites from 8 Communities, of the Secular Discalced Carmelite Order in Karnataka-Goa Province, converged to celebrate the Triennial OCDS Congress at Lar de Santa Terezinha, Margao-Goa, from 10th – 12th November 2023. The theme “Walking in Love” was carefully taken to honour the Jubilee year 2023 of St. Therese, the 150th Birth Anniversary and the Centenary of Beatification. The Provincial, Rev. Fr. Silvestre D’Souza, Rev. Fr. Alphonse Britto, Provincial Councillor for Spirituality, Rev. Fr. Deep Fernandes, Delegate Provincial to the OCDS, Sebastian Mendes, President OCDS Provincial Council, Laveena D Mello, I Councillor/Secretary, Jessie Pinto, II Councillor and Roy Rodrigues, Provincial Council member, supported by the presidents and spiritual assistants of the host community, Elizabeth Santos and Fr. Lancy Mendonca of Mt. Carmel, and Martha Pereira and Fr. George Santhumayor of St. Therese Communities, together they facilitated the three-day congress programme. Which followed a baptismal Carmelite Vocation to live, nurture and experience the service of LOVE in Community.

A new house of Carmelites in Udupi Diocese
We have a new house in the Diocese of Udupi. The inauguration was held on the 6th of November 2023. Rev. Fr. Silvestre D’Souza the Provincial Superior of the Carmelites of Karnataka-Goa Province cut the ribbon and Most Rev. Gerald Isaac Lobo blessed the house in the presence of the Parish Priest of Kalmady, Rev. Fr Baptist Menezes, the Provincial Councillors, Friars from Koteshwar community and representatives from Mangalore and Madanthyar communities. The Bishop presided over the Eucharist, during which he blessed the altar, the cross and the tabernacle and handed over the keys to Fr. Alwyn Sequeira the priest in-charge of this house. While thanking the Bishop Fr. Silvestre said, ‘Every Carmelite house in a Diocese is a house of prayer. St Teresa rejoiced each time the Blessed Sacrament was installed in a new foundation, which for her was the defining moment.” He thanked the Bishop for his guidance and constant support. The engineer Mr Allan D’Souza, contractor Mr. Maxim Correa and electric contractor Mr Prakash Andrade were felicitated. The Bishop recalled the hurdles we faced during the construction of the house, while appreciating the service of our friars in the Diocese.

Silver Jubilee of the Carmelite Presence in South Africa
On 28 October 2023, the Carmelite Friars celebrated 25 years of Carmelite presence in South Africa, recalling that the first two friars, Frs. Raymond Santhanaz and Vinod D’Mello arrived in Johannesburg on June 13, 1998. Initially, they resided in a facility provided by the Cloistered Sisters in their compound, but these days, the Carmelites have two communities, one in Benoni and the other in Cape Town, thus ministering to five parishes. The Thanksgiving Mass was presided over by Rt. Rev Dr Buti Tlhagale Archbishop of Johannesburg, Superior General Rev Fr Miguel Marquez, Provincial Superior Fr Silvestre D Souza, Definitor Generals Frs. Pius James D’Souza and Philbert Namphande, and supported by many priests and nuns. This historic milestone event was jointly organized and celebrated by members of three local parishes: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Benoni, St Joseph’s Actonville and Our Lady of Loreto Kempton Park. Ethnic dancers enthusiastically entertained the audience during the joyful ceremonies. The Superior of Benoni Community, Fr Arvin Tauro, welcomed all the guests and gifted each dignitary with a commemorative shawl. The pioneers of the mission in South Africa, Frs. Raymond and Mari Joe, were specially honoured during the celebration. Fr Boniface D’Souza compered the event and Frs. John D’Souza and Anthony Stephen organized the liturgy. Fr Rayan Pais thanked all who helped to organize the celebration.

Carmelights Inter School Sports Meet 2023
“Dream, Dream, Dream…, Dream transforms into thoughts and thoughts result into actions.”
On October 30, 2023, a momentous day unfolded in the history of Carmel Jnana Education Trust. The long-cherished dream of uniting all the branches of Carmel Jnana Education Trust finally became a reality. Mount Carmel School, Kadaganchi, proudly hosted the inaugural CarmeLights Inter School Sports 2023 event on its premises. The venue was meticulously prepared, with tracks laid out and accommodations ready to welcome students and staff from various units. Participants, accompanied by their respective correspondents, principals, and teachers, arrived at the venue on October 29, 2023. The journey began with Mount Carmel, Ramnagar, and was followed by units from Shivamogga, Hoovinahadagali, and Belur. An evening dinner was arranged at the school venue, and everyone retired in anticipation of the exciting events on the following day. MCS Mira Road joined the event on the following day.

Blessing and Inauguration of the Carmelite Monastery in Cape Town
"Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name. Make known His deeds among the peoples; make them remember that His name is exalted." Isaiah 12:4. Indeed this verse is the root cause of the blessing and inauguration of Mimosa Carmelite Monastery at Cape Town on 27th October 2023. The day began with welcoming the dignitaries His Eminence Cardinal Stephen Brislin, Very Rev. Fr. Miguel Marquez OCD, Superior General of Discalced Carmelites, His Lordship Auxiliary Bishop Sylvester David OMI, Very Rev. Fr. Silvestre D’Souza OCD Provincial Superior of Carmelites, Karnataka Goa Province, Very Rev. Fr. Philbert Namphande OCD and Very Rev. Fr. Pius James D’Souza OCD Definitors – Discalced Carmelites were welcomed by Rev. Fr. Mari Joseph OCD the superior and he introduced the dignitaries. The theme is taken from the 150th jubilee celebration of the little flower St. Therese of the Child Jesus ‘All is Grace’. The solemn Holy Eucharist at 10.00 a.m. with all the dignitaries and the invited fathers, sisters, parishioners, friends, and well-wishers. Mrs. Pat Lindgren gave an introduction and welcome to begin the Thanksgiving holy Eucharist. Fr. Silvestre D’Souza broke the word of God, shared the reflections that touched every heart and impressed the gathering. The Eucharistic celebration brought many blessings and the monastery was filled with grace.

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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.

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PROVINCIAL
PROGRAMME

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Jubilees and Important dates in 2023

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PROVINCIAL COUNCIL

Rev. Fr. Silvestre D'Souza
Provincial Superior

Rev. Fr. Archibald Gonsalves
I Councillor

Rev. Fr. Alphonse Britto
II Councillor

Rev. Fr. Prakash D'Cunha
III Councillor

Fr Joachim Rodrigues
IV Councillor

Rev. Fr.  Vinod Lobo
Provincial Secretary


 

Highlights of 2022

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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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by Rev. Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD,
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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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