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Message of Pope Francis to the Bishop of Avila, on the occasion of the opening of the V Birth Centenary Year of St. Teresa of Avila (1515-2015)
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Circular Letter of Rev. Fr. General on the IV Birth Centenary of Br. Lawrence of the Resurrection (1614-2014)

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November 15, 2014: On this special day, the Carmelites of Scala, Rome along with the entire community members commemorated and prayed for our Carmelite departed members giving thanks for all that they have done and praying that they may enjoy eternal bliss in the kingdom of God. To mark this distinctive event a prayer service was conducted after the Holy Eucharistic celebration. Fr Ivan Clifford Pinto, the Superior of the community led the prayer service at the ancient Carmelite cemetery of the Roman Province. May all our dear Carmelites brothers and sisters obtain the mercy of God through the intercession of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and a sure sign of hope, consolation and admission to the courts of heaven!
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November 15, 2014 - A group of youths who are members of “Gioventů e Famiglia Missionaria – una nuova evangelizzazione” (Youths and Missionary Family : the new evangelization) who are the lay members of the Legionario di Cristo – a religious order founded in Massico held a vigil at Santa Maria Della Scala, Rome from 8-30 pm to 12-00am. The vigil commenced with a Holy Mass where the missionaries received a "mandate" after which they began a long adoration which included Eucharistic adoration with divine praises, prayers and moments of silence.
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Leadership Camp for the young adults of Khanapur Zone, Belgaum Diocese organized at Mount Carmel CBSE School, Ramnagar
Belgaum Diocese: Khanapur CRI Zone organized an overnight stay Leadership Camp at Mount Carmel CBSE School, Ramnagar on 1st and 2nd of November 2014. 234 Children from VII std to II PUC gathered from 12 parishes and their substations. There were 12 religious priests and 24 religious sisters present for the inauguration. Whole programme was conducted by Fr. Richard Menezes OCD and Fr. Rayan Pais OCD. Though it was called as a Leadership Camp, the purpose behind it was to promote vocations.
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Major Superiors and Junior mistress get together
Under the theme in your presence is our delight a get together was held in order to meet the major superiors and junior mistress of our student sisters on 9th November. Meeting started at 9 o’clock. Dignitaries were solemnly welcomed by our student sisters and grace of God was invoked on all the participants. Rev. Fr. Dominic Vas Director of Dhyanavana welcomed all in his inaugural addressed especially Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao Provincial of Karnataka Goa province who is also the president of the institute and Rev. Fr. Sylvester D’ Souza Councilor in charge of Spirituality.
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November 11, 2014: The Discalced Carmelites of the Karnataka-Goa Province at Santa Maria Della Scala in Rome had the unique privilege of extending a cordial welcome to Dr Concepciňn Migučlez Simňn, the Mayor of the city of Alba de Tormes, Salamanca (where the body of St. Teresa of Avila is laid to rest). She was accompanied by her secretary Mrs. Blanca Sanchez Boyero and the Councilor for culture Dr Pilar Brinon Dominguez .They spent their precious few moments in prayer at the chapel where the right foot of St. Teresa is preserved and venerated.
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Fr. Provincial's Visit to Vancouver , Canada
On 24th October 2014 Rev. Fr. Provincial arrived in Vancouver and began his visitation at St. Edmund’s Church Community. 27th evening a grand celebration was organised at St. Edmund’s Church to solemnly begin the meeting of all the Carmelites. The Secular Carmelites with the parish team arranged the liturgy and Fr. Charles being the main celebrant, Fr. Rudolf preached the homily. Fr. Jerald D’souza the Superior of the community introduced each priest of Canada Region and offered a token of love to each member. At the end of the mass all sang Salve Regina and the days program ended with a sumptuous meal served by St. Edmund’s community.

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The Secular Carmelites were pleased to make a presence at the opening Mass of the Regional Meeting of the Discalced Carmelites of the Kanataka-Goa Province in Canada which was held on October 27-28, 2014 at St. Edmund’s Parish, North Vancouver, B.C. Mass on the evening of October 27th was officiated by Very Rev. Fr. Provincial Charles Serrao and concelebrated by sixteen Carmelite friars of Canada. The Secular Carmelite Choir sung at Mass accompanied by the parish organist.
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First Holy Communion at Kempton Park, South Africa
53 children received the Lord into their lives in the form of the Holy Communion for the first time on the 26th of October. Rev. Fr. Peter Rebello celebrated the Holy Eucharist and preached a very inspiring homily explaining the children how important is the Holy Eucharist in Christian life. More than a thousand people witnessed this event and prayed for these children. A Hearty Congratulation to all the children and the Parish Priest.
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Another two memorable days for the Secular Carmelites of the Lower Mainland Vancouver area occurred on October 18 and October 25, 2014.  On October 18th before the celebration of the Mass, with Fr. Jerry D’Souza officiating, we witnessed the investiture of three aspirants.  On Saturday, October 25th, the weather forecast predicted a cold, rainy Saturday, but this did not dampen the spirits of the Secular Carmelites as they walked into a warm and brightly lit St. Edmund’s Church for Mass and Profession ceremonies officiated by Father Provincial Charles Serrao and Provincial Delegate to the OCDS, Fr. Jerald D’Souza. Five candidates made their First Promises and two candidates made their Definitive Promises.
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Welcome to Fr, Charles in St. Mary's church Canada.
On Tuesday, October 14, 2014, St-Mary’s Parish welcomed Father Charles Serrao OCD, Carmelite Provincial Superior from India who is visiting Canadian Carmelite parishes. The Parish was well represented with St-Mary’s Elementary School principal, Ms Charmaine Hanley, all the teachers, about135 students and approximately 35 parishioners in attendance. Fr. Ronnie our pastor began by introducing and welcoming Father Charles to the Parish and he said Fr, Charles is a provincial superior to the Carmelite fathers. He has a deep experience of Carmelite way of life, the long time he was in Rome, and two terms he served as an assistant to the General superior. Even he has concelebrated the Eucharist six times with saint pope john Paul 2nd. In the month of April he was appointed as a provincial superior.
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Six Lay people solemnly commit to be Carmelites
It was a historic day not only for Carmel Hill but for the entire Province as 6 of the Secular Carmel members made their Solemn Promises in the hands of V. Rev. Fr. George Santhumayor, OCD, Vicar Provincial on Thursday, 16th October 2014 at Infant Jesus Shrine during the Thursday Mass. During the solemn celebration the members recited their promises in the presence of the Vicar Provincial, vowing to live the Teresian spirituality in evangelical perfection in the spirit of the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience and through the beatitudes. Fr. George presented a cross as a taken of acceptance and appreciation. Later a fraternal meal was shared in the refectory after each member was congratulated by offering a flower bouquet. Fathers from the Mangalore region as well as OCDS members joined for the celebration.
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Vegetable Carving competition at Mt. Carmel School, Belur.

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October 19, 2014 Sunday: Most Rev Filipe Neri Ferrao, Archbishop-Patriarch of Goa along with his secretary Fr Joaquim Loiola Pereira and other two priest students who are pursuing their higher studies in Rome paid a fraternal visit to our community at Scala, Rome. Rev Fr Ivan Pinto, Rector of the community welcomed the Archbishop. After which the entire community friars greeted the Archbishop. Later he visited our Church and the historic pharmacy which became the official Pope’s pharmacy and became known all over the world.
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65th year Guardian Angels Parish Feast was celebrated on October 4th at the Millennium Hall. It was a grand celebration with presence of Fr. Rajesh Madtha and Fr. Godwin Pinto. The parishioners organised a program and dinner was served. Frs. Rajesh and Godwin prepared two delicious dishes: Mangalorean Pork and Mysore Chicken Curry. Parishioners spontaneously shared some of their unique talents by way of singing, dancing and cracking some rare jokes that made the atmosphere enjoyable and great.
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Dhyanavana Launches a new Website
Dhyanavana, Spirituality centre, Mysore has prepared a new website. Kindly log on to http://www.dhyanavana.com for more information of the institute, its programs, courses and retreats.

Solemnity of St Teresa of Jesus & Silver Jubilee of Fr Wilfred Pais at Santa Maria Della Scala, Rome
October 15, 2014 is a greatest day for the Carmelites all over the world as they celebrate the solemnity of St Teresa of Avila (Jesus), the reformer of the Carmelite Order. The Carmelites of Scala community had a reason to rejoice and celebrate on this festal day for two reasons. First of all, the community celebrated the solemnity of St Teresa of Jesus by inaugurating the fifth birth centenary of our Holy Mother. Secondly the community members glorified the Almighty God for the Silver Jubilee of the Religious Profession of Fr Wilfred Pais.
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Study Tour to Golden Temple at Kushalnagar : Dhyanavana, Mysore
The Nine Month Course sisters of Dhyanavana had a study tour on Sunday 12, October, 2014. The day started at 6 am with a prayer in the chapel. We boarded the hired bus for the tour, and proceeded to Dornahalli, Mysore, Shrine of St. Anthony of Padua. We offered mass in the shrine and visited the place where the Statue of St. Anthony was found. Fr. Gilbert D’Silva, Rector of the shrine explained to us the history of the shrine. Around 150 years ago when a Hindu man ploughing the field he got a statue of St. Anthony.
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Centenary Celebration of St Mary’s Hagersville and St Ann’s Alpole, Canada.
On Sunday morning, October 5th, 2014, members of the parish of St Mary’s Hagersville and St Ann’s Walpole, along with their guests gathered to celebrate 100 years of the Roman Catholic faith community in Hagersville. In the weeks preceding this celebration, parishioner Dave Lane had published in the Haldimand Press a series of interesting and informative articles, accompanied by pictures, outlining the history of the church in Hagersville, which served to prepare the congregation for the milestone event. The church was beautifully prepared and decorated for the occasion by church secretary Mary Lane, custodian Luann Watson, school librarian Marie Peart and the children of St Mary’s School.
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Province Day at Sadbhavana
The feast of the Patroness of our Province (Province Day) was celebrated in Sadbhavana at 6:30 on the 7th of October with all Solemnity. Rev. Fr. Xavier E. Manavath, the Episcopla Vicar for the Religious in Bangalore Diocese presided over the Eucharist. Rev. Fr. Provincial, the Councilors and all the superiors of our Province along with the priests of our neighboring communities concelebrated the festive Eucharist. Sisters, Friends, Benefactors and well wishers joined in our celebration.
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New Community at Shimoga
Fr. Jerome Moras and Fr. Ivan D’Souza have done it. They succeeded in getting a rented house to venture into a new project at Shimoga. It was a joyous day indeed when Rev. Fr. Provincial along with Fr. George Santhumayor, Fr. Silvester D’Souza and Fr. Richard Menezes visited the house on the 29th of September to encourage our friars in the pioneering work. In the evening V. Rev. Fancis Serrao, Bishop of Shimoga Blessed the house and wished all the very best to the Fathers to work in his Diocese.
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Celebration at St. Michael’s Church, Belur
The feast of St. Michael was celebrated on 3rd of October in our parish at Belur. Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao presided over the Solemn Eucharist and Rev. Fr. Rajesh D’Souza broke the Word of God. Priests from our communities and the neighboring parishes joined in the festive mass. Since it was also the day of Ayudha Puja, Vehicles were blessed before the recessional hymn. After the Holy Mass all partook in the festive meal prepared by the parishioners.
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A New Property in Canada
Helen, a great benefactor of Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza has added another 20 acres of land to Carmel Hill Property at North Deroche Road – Fraser Valley. The property is adjacent to our property where we are to build our monastery. This new property has trees, two barns and a 3 bedroom house. Now the total acres in our name is 126 and another 20 acres are with the company of Helen which eventually will come to us.
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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

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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