Welcome to Sadbhavana : Carmelite Provincialate

HIGHLIGHTS

One Day Workshop for Youth Held at Londa
LONDA: Holy Family Church, Londa organised a day seminar/workshop for the youth of Londa Parish on the theme, “All Ye Youth! Proclaim Life.” Br. Malvino Alfonso OCD was the resource person. Br. Alfonso clarifying the terms youth and datholic youth appealed the youngsters to respect life and proclaim it. He highlighted the importance of living a good life. He also dealt with the topics like ‘challenges faced by the catholic youth,’ ‘love v/s infatuation’ and ‘interpersonal relationships.’ The participants also presented role plays on the contribution of youth to the society, family and the church. Fr. Anthony D’Souza OCD, Parish Priest of Holy Family Church, Londa welcomed the youth and proposed vote of thanks.
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

Province Retreat at Sadbhavana
The second batch of friars from the Province gathered at Sadbhavana, from 12th of September to 16th of September 2016, for the annual retreat. It was preached by Rev. Dr. Ivel J. Mendanha C.Ss.R, the Provincial of the Vice-Province of Majella. There were 23 participants who experienced the love of the Lord in the silence of Sadbhavana cloisters in pursuit of being mystics in the metropolitan.
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

​Family feast celebrated at Infant Mary Chruch, Bajjodi
Mangalore, Sep 11: The family feast celebration in Infant Mary Church, Bajjodi began with the Eucharistic celebration on Sunday, September 11. The solemn mass was celebrated by Mangalore diocesan Vicar General Monsignor Denis Moras Prabhu along with Fr. Manoj Braganza, Fr. Adolf, Fr. Melwyn D’cunha, Parish Priest Fr. Shabas Crasta & Asst. Priest Fr. Ivan D’souza. The cultural programme began at 10.30am in the Community Hall. Vicar General Fr. Denis Moras, Corporator Keshav, South MLA J.R. Lobo were the chief guests of honour on this occasion. Fr. Melwyn D’cunha, Fr. Shabas Crasta, Fr. Ivan D’souza, Mr. Joseph Mascarenhas, the vice president and Irene Pinto, the secretary shared the stage with these dignitaries.
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

Golden Jubilee of St. Andrew the Apostle Parish - London Ontario
On September 11 St. Andrew the Apostle church, London Ontario, Canada, celebrated the Golden Jubilee of the Parish. St. Andrew the Apostle church was established in 1966. Through the generosity of Joseph Fallon who donated the land in memory of his deceased wife Alice Fallon, we are grateful to have St. Andrew’s Church to worship in. The parish was named St. Andrew the Apostle in recognition of many years of service to the Diocese by Monsignor Andrew P. Mahoney as the rector of St. Peter’s seminary and Vicar General of the Diocese. Before the mass, there was a small power point presentation on all the priests who served the parish.
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

Mysore Konkani Kutam at Pushpashrama
September 11, 2016 Sunday, the Konkani Kutam of Mysore region celebrated the solemnity of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Infant Jesus Shrine, Pushpashrama. The Children and the elders congregated around the statue of Infant Mary and offered flowers. The new corn was blessed at the grotto of our Lady which was followed by the concelebrated festive mass which was presided over by Fr Vinod Lobo. Rev Fr Dominic Vas, the Director of Dhyanavana in his homily highlighted the decadence of the family values in the modern world and invited all to follow the virtues of Mary in our Christian families. The Pushpashrama philosophy brothers along with the youth of Konkani Kutam gave an angelic outlook to the celebration through their melodious voices.
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

Family fest at Ranithota
The Carmelite friars of Ranithota, Pushpashrama had a great reason to rejoice and celebrate at the birthday of our heavenly Mother which was solemnized on the 8th of September. The family celebration commenced at 1-00pm where the entire community including the domestic staff congregated at the decorated refectory of the monastery. The philosophy brothers through an enactment highlighted the traditional importance of the family feast. Later the community gathered for prayer service, where the selected friars prayed for various intentions in fifteen different languages. Fr Alfred Menezes, the rector gave a message of unity and invited all to be messengers of unity and peace in the community. After which the senior most friar Fr Paul mixed the new corn with the milk and prayed the grace before the meals. Thus the family fest at the Ranithota was a grand celebration which included 48 dishes of vegetables.
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

Province Retreat at Ryshivana
The first batch of friars from the Province gathered at Ryshivana, Ranipura from 29th of August to 2nd of September 2016, for the annual retreat. It was preached by Rev. Dr. Ivel J. Mendanha C.Ss.R, the Provincial of the Vice-Province of Majella. All the 36 participants appreciated the rich reflections offered by the preacher and the natural scenic beauty of the place. Thanks to the community of Ryshivana for making the experience spiritually enriching and rewarding.
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

Canadian Carmelites' Regional meeting held at Kitchener - Hamilton (Ontario)
We the members of Canadian Carmelite Region of Karnataka-Goa Province met together at Kitchener-Hamilton from August 22nd to 25th for our annual meeting. after our arrival on n August 22nd, we had the solemn celebration of the Holy Eucharist on August 23rd; Fr. Rajesh Madtha, the Birthday boy being the main celebrant and Fr. Jason Tellis the inspiring preacher. Fr. Rajesh Madtha was felicitated after the mass and people who gathered prayed for him and congratulated him. After the Holy Eucharistic celebration, we had morning prayer followed by a great breakfast. At 10 am we began the meeting by the reading the last meeting's report and election of the secretaries for registering the minutes of the meeting. Many issues connected with the region and its development were discussed. Fr. Jerald D'Souza presented the annual accounts to the members and Fr. Ranjan D'sa briefed the members the obligations all residents have towards CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) were elaborated. We also discussed the prospects the Carmelites have in Canada and the need for recruiting new vocations was also an important point that was thoroughly discussed.
After the meeting, we had a great lunch and thereafter we visited St Joseph's Cloistered Carmel at Agatha - Hamilton. We all the members are intensely grateful to Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas and Fr. Roshan D'Souza for making our stay comfortable and providing us with tempting banquets of great and delicious food. We also thank all the members especially Fr. Jerald D'Souza for organizing the event and Fr. Ranjan D'Sa for technical support. Frs. Jason Tellis, Fr. Mario Fernandes, Fr. Victor Fernandes have provided us with the logistical support and Fr. John Pinto for his great moral and spiritual support during this week. Fr. Steny Mascarenhas and Fr. Godwin were busy in contacting the local security to keep us safe during this great event. Fr. Alwyn Sequeira was entrusted with the work of liturgy and spirituality and was successful in keeping up the real Carmelite Spirit among us. We did not give any work given to Fr. Rajesh Madtha as he was celebrating his birthday. Fr. Alfredo was entrusted with the task of monitoring the situation and we thank him. Since Vijay Martin is new to Canada we kept him completely free; Frs. Melwin Pinto and Ronald Sequeira were also given total freedom as they looked tired and came from a missionary hard working region.
On August 24th we traveled to Niagara Falls to spend a day in fun, relaxation, and sightseeing. On August 25th most of the friars left back to their communities.
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD

Click here for more photos.

B’day of the First person celebrated
B’day of the First Person of the Province was celebrated in all solemnity on the 25th of August in Sadbhavana. All the fathers of the Bangalore region gathered in the eve to wish our dear Fr. Provincial. Fr. George Santhumayor, Vicar Provincial raised the toast acknowledging all his service at the Province level and Generalate level and wished him all the best. Fr. Isidore honored the Provincial with the colorful bouquet of flowers filled with fraternal love and brotherly affection. Fr. Provincial thanked everyone for the whole hearted collaboration and co-operation. Fr. Jerald D’Souza, Superior had spread the sumptuous table to add flavor to the celebration. After the dinner Fr. Walter Lobo led the group to sing 'Besanv Tujer Pondondi' and few other party songs to bring joy into the celebration.
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

Birthday of Provincial @ Baroda
August 24, 2016 – on the feast day of St Bartholomew, the faithful of Gorwa parish along with the parish community and the young priests of the K.G. Province celebrated the anticipated birthday of Rev Fr Charles Serrao, the Provincial Superior. The formal celebration commenced at 6-30pm where the birthday baby along with the 11 young priests and Frs Kaushik and Noel gathered around the altar of the Lord to celebrate the Sacrament of love and to thank the Lord for the gift of life. Since the mass was in Gujarati language, Fr Sunil Monis, Superior and Parish priest presided over the Eucharist and preached a meaningful homily highlighting the experience of the Lord in our day today lives. Towards the end of the celebration, Fr Sunil made known to the community the intention of the celebration and the birthday baby was requested to cut the cake.
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

Young priests unite at Vadodara
The young priests of the K.G. Province congregated at the newly inaugurated monastery which was dedicated to St Therese of Child Jesus at Gorwa, Vadodara for their annual meeting which commenced on 22 and concluded on 25 august 2016. The formal inauguration of the meeting was held on August 22 at 7-30 pm, where Rev Fr George Santhumayor, Councilor for Ongoing formation presided over the Eucharistic celebration along with the 11 young priests of our province. The traditional way of lighting the lamp which gave a green signal for the meeting. Fr George in his homily invited all the young priests to be witnesses in our religious communities by becoming the role models and exemplary religious.
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

CARMEL HILL CANADA - GETTING STRONGER AND BIGGER - PHOTOS MAY-JULY 2016
Dear Friends,
It is my pleasure to let you know that our Monastery in Canada: Little Flower Monastery (Carmel Hill) is getting stronger and bigger. Since May this year till the end of July we had approximately 11 groups ranging from Bible Study group, Neo Catecuminal group, Jesuits Students, Aspirant Deacons, Angelina's Prayer Group, Lay sisters, Lay people, Blessed Sacrament Parish prayer Group etc. have come and experienced God and our hospitality. We are excited that many more have booked our facility and it is growing stronger and bigger. We have heard reports of our Monastery from far East of Canada (Ontario) to Vancouver a distance of 7000 kms. We get many visitors and are excited to know that this facility is indeed growing. Bro. Frank Sharma a new aspirant is doing his pre-postulancy in our facility and Bro. Joseph Giroux is continuing his religious life with regular prayer and community life and Fr. Alwyn Sequiera is managing the whole campus with caliber and expertise with the help of the community members. Apart from the lay people many diocesan priests have been visiting the facility and getting to know what Carmelites can offer to their parishioners. With the Blessings of Archbishop Michael Miller CSB who has been the greatest support of this Monastery we are growing in our attempt at sharing our charism to the whole Vancouver Archdiocese. Moreover, many Christian denomination groups are interested in using our facility for Bible Study, prayer and spiritual-theological formation. This has been a great gift to Karnataka Goa Province and we are ever grateful to Helen Chua Tiampo and her team that supports her vision for the Carmelites in Canada.
With regards and prayers
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society

Click here for more photos.

Collage of Celebrations at SADBHAVANA!
The Superiors and formators meet was held on 21st of June, 2016, which was also the setting for some rejoicing.
- Fr. Provincial congratulated Rev. Fr. Wilfred Rodrigues on the completion of his doctorate. After expressing his words of appreciation to the scholar he was honoured with a shawl and Mysore Peta.
- It was an opportunity to wish Fr. Arun Lobo - the budding bursar of the province a very Happy Birthday (postponed from 1st of June).
- Rev. Fr. Nelson Osmond Vas, the newly ordained priest of the Province was felicitated on his first visit to Sadbhavana.
- Finally Fr. Richard Menezes was recognized on being conferred the literary award ‘Francis Danthi.’

click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

Great B’day Celebration
Sadbhavana community was extremely happy to celebrate the B’day of Fr. Isidore D’Silva on the 2nd of August. All the communities of Bengaluru region gathered to wish many returns of the day to Rome return B’day baby. Fr. Isidore is stepping into his 75th year and on this auspicious occasion Fr. Provincial raised the toast and acknowledged his dedicated service now in the province and in the Generalate in the past. The province missed out the chance to celebrate his B’day for last 51 years as he was rendering his services in Rome (A golden jubilee of missing his B’day in province). All the fathers gathered wish him many more years to come after which all enjoyed the home-made delicacies prepared under the able leadership of Fr. Jerald, superior of Sadbhavana.
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

PROMISES TO KEEP! (Secular Carmel, Margao – Goa)
17th July, 2016 was a special day for Our Lady of Mount Carmel (OCDS) community of Margao, Goa. On this day 10 members of the community made their promises in the presence of Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao OCD, Provincial Superior. Fr. Silvestre D’Souza, the Councillor in-charge of Spirituality, Fr. Archibald Gonsalves, Superior and Fr. Peter D’Sa from Xellim, concelebrated at the Mass during which there was the liturgical ‘rite of Promises.’ The Church was packed to capacity with the faithful, among whom were family members and friends of those going to make their promises.
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

The OCDS of our Province march forward!
After the first OCDS Provincial Congress in October last year, Rev. Fr. Alzinir DEbastiani OCD, the General Delegate of the Secular Carmel on a visit to our Province, had suggested that we move towards forming an OCDS Provincial Council. Steps were taken in this regard and the four communities having members with Definitive Promises were requested to propose two candidates from their respective communities. After consultations with the Delegate Provincial and the Spiritual Assistants, the following have been appointed by the Provincial, Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao for a term of three years.
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

MOUNT CARMEL FEAST AT ST EDMUNDS CHURCH NORTH VANCOUVER
The Canadian Carmelites of Karnataka Goa Province celebrated Mount Carmel Feast on July 16th at 10 am in St. Edmund's Church - North Vancouver. Fr. Jerald arranged a wonderful celebration with the Bishop Paul Terrio from St. Paul's Diocese (Alberta) was the main celebrant and Fr. Rudolf and Fr. Jerald were concelebrants with the Bishop. We had also the pleasure of the presence of Frs. Steny Mucarenhas, Fr. Alwyn Sequeira, Fr. Rajesh Madtha, Bro. Joseph Giroux and Bro Frank Sharma (aspirant to Carmelites). There were more than 250 people present along with a wonderful presence of Secular Carmelites. The liturgy was well organized and Bishop Terrio gave a great homily stressing the importance of Prayer, contemplation and devotion to Mother Mary of Mount Carmel. The celebration ended with the blessing of scapulars and distribution. At the end of the liturgical celebration Fr. Rudolf invited all people to go to Carmel Hill a place of prayer, contemplation and meditation. He also stressed that the facility available is not only for religious retreats but also for lay people to spend time in peace with God. The parishioners organized a grand luncheon in the School hall and all were happy and joyful to celebrate this great Carmelite event. We congratulate Fr. Jerry for organizing this great celebration with a wonderful choir and other liturgically creative moments during this event.

Click the link below for photos.

Feast of our Lady of Mount Carmel @ Sadbhavana
The feast of our Lady of Mount Carmel was celebrated in Sadbhavana on 24th of July at 8:30am. Fr. Pius James D’Souza, Episcopal vicar for Religious in the diocese of Mangalore presided over the Eucharistic celebration and broke the word of God highlighting the Mercy of God envisioned in the life of Mary. All the friars from Sadbhavana along with Fr. Stephen Pereira and Fr. Gregory D’Souza concelebrated. Fr. Charles Serrao, Provincial Superior distributed the blessed candles to the donors and wished all the participants a very happy feast and expressed his gratitude for all their support and encouragement in the past twenty years as Sadbhavana completes twenty years of its inauguration. (Sadbhavana was inaugurated on the 25th of July, 1996.)
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

Br. Don Tony D'Souza ordained a deacon
Br. Don Tony D’Souza was ordained deacon on the 16th of June in St. Jeppu Seminary along with his diocesan batchmates. This year we have only one deacon in the person of Br. Don Tony D’Souza who hails from Miyar, Mangaluru. It was a joyous vocation to witness the diaconal ordination as Br. Don Tony along with his seventeen companions who were given the privilege to ascend the altar to preach the word of God and administer the Sacraments. We wish him all the very best for the diaconate ministry and the exams to come.
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

Feast of our Lady of Mount Carmel, at Benoni, South Africa
The feast of our lady of Mount Carmel was celebrated on 16th of July, 2016 at Benoni, South Africa. It was indeed an important day in the history of South African Mission. Rt. Rev. Dr Buti Tlhgale the Archbishop of Johannesburg blessed the new tabernacle and declared that the church dedicated in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel as a virtual parish. In his speech, the Archbishop thanked the Carmelite Fathers for their selfless service to the faithful in his archdiocese. The Solemn Festal Mass was at 5.00 pm. During the Mass, new batch of Secular Carmelites were admitted for a period of formation through the rite of Admission. Archbishop, in his homily explained the 15 new candidates the importance of Carmelite Spirituality for laity and asked them to discern their vocation as Secular Carmelites through the spirit of Prayer and commitment.
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

Confirmation Ceremony in our Lady of Loreto Church, Kempton Park, South Africa
It was indeed glad to have his grace Archbishop Buti OMI to confer the sacrament of confirmation for 34 students of the parish. During his homily the archbishop instructed the students to remain faithful to their commitment to Our Holy Mother Church and also emphasized to have a faithful devotion to our Blessed Mother and explained the importance of the sacrament of confirmation. He was assisted by Fr. Peter Rebello OCD the energetic parish priest and Berniece Eales who animated the liturgy meaningfully accompanied by the angelic singing church choir. 300 parishioners gathered to witness the ceremony. After the celebration Fr Peter thanked the Archbishop and all the newly confirmed candidates and Archbishop applauded the parish community for the generous service and commitment. After the mass all gathered in the hall for refreshments.
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

St. Dominic Parish, Hamilton Diocese - Ontario, Canada
Dear Fathers,
This is a good news from Canada. We have a new parish in Hamilton Diocese - Ontario. The new parish priest is Fr. Ranjan D'sa. St. Dominic Parish Oakville was established in 1955. Now approximately 500 – 600 people attend the weekend masses. The parish takes care of two elementary schools and a high school. The parish has a small chapel and the weekdays masses are celebrated in the chapel. It also has a small parish hall only used for parish activities. The area is residential and very beautiful. It is on the shores of Lake Ontario. On the 16th and 17th for the first time in the history of St. Dominic parish, we celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel - scapulars were distributed to all. Cudos to Fr. Ranjan D'sa for taking up this great responsibility as Pastor. Fr. Ranjan through his expertise as the Spiritual counsellor can do wonders in this parish and draw more vocations to Carmel. He has been a great pastor in St. Andrew the Apostle London Ontario for more than 6 years now and has transformed this parish as a centre of Spirituality and Contemplation. We wish him all the success and good time in this new venture.

Click the link below for photos.

Mount Carmel Feast at Katkere, Koteshwar
Mount Carmel feast was celebrated on the 16th July 2016 at Katkere, Koteshwar. The Holy Eucharist was presided over by Rev Fr. Pius James D’Souza, superior of Ryshivana and Episcopal Vicar for the religious of Mangalore diocese. In his inspiring homily he invited the faithful to derive inspiration from our lady of Mount Carmel in being merciful towards the others. Fr. Anil, the dean of the Kundapur deanery and many other priests concelebrated. The scapulars were distributed after the mass as a sign of Marian protection to all those who wear it.
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

Mount Carmel Feast celebrated at Infant Mary Church, Bajjodi
July 16th: Parishioners of bajjodi along with the vibrant Secular carmelite members celebrated the Feast of our Lady of Mount Carmel on the 16th of July, 2016 in Infant Mary Church at 5.30pm. Rev. Fr. Joe Tauro, Rector of St. Joseph Monastery Carmel Hill presided over the festive Eucharist and preached a heart touching sermon highlighting the motherly character of our Lady with a request to remain close to her to feel her affection and protection. Carmelite priests from near and far along with Parish Priest Fr. Shabas and Asst. Fr. Ivan concelebrated in the thanksgiving sacrifice. The angelic choir led by Clerita added flavor to the prayerful celebration. Scapulars, the sign of the motherly protection of Mary were distributed to the faithful after the mass.
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

Bro. Frank Sharma a new postulant at Carmel Hill, B.C., Canada
“Into the land of Carmel I have brought you to enjoy its fruits and its blessings” Jeremiah 2:7
On July 9, 20016 Bro. Frank Sharma arrived at Carmel Hill as a postulant to discern his call in Carmel. He was warmly welcomed by Fr. Alwyn the Superior and Formator and a longtime friend of Bro. Frank, Fr. Nicholas Tumbalake, who happened to be at Carmel Hill with the youth of his parish: Our Lady of Mercy, Burnaby BC. He cut the cake along with a birthday celebrant from among the youth and we all partook in the sumptuous meal prepared by the Valley Caterers for the occasion. Later Bro. Frank shared with the Mercy Youth his personal journey that led him to Carmelite Order. Frank was born and raised in Sri Lanka. For the past 14 years he has been living in Surry BC, Canada with his family.

click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Celebrated at Londa
LONDA: Carmelite Friars of Carmel Nivas Londa celebrated feast of their patroness Our Lady of Mount Carmel at the Holy Family Church Londa. “ 'Let us imbibe the virtues of Mother Mary specially the mercy lived and proclaimed by Mother Mary' said Fr. Teodozio Fernandes OCD in his heart touching homily. Fr. Fernandes was preaching homily on the theme:- Mary, Mother of Mercy. Fr. Anthony D’souza OCD, Superior and Parish Priest of Holy Family Church presided over the Eucharistic celebration. Fr. Venil D’souza OCD concelebrated. Elaborating on the mercy of Mother Mary Fr. Teodozio, referring to the different passages from the Gospel, reminded the faithful how Mary showed concern and mercy towards her Cousin Elizabeth, wedding at Cana, etc.
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

Golden Jubilee of St. Andrew the Apostle Parish, London Ontario, Canada
The Diocese of London on June 15, 1965 officially erected a new parish under the patronage of St. Andrew the Apostle. The name of the parish was assigned by Bishop Carter in recognition of the distinguished service of Monsignor Andrew P. Mahoney, Vicar General of the Diocese at that time. The new church was in fact founded on the charismatic personality of Rev. Fr. John McMaster, who was its first pastor until he died on May 13, 1973.  St. Andrews Church is on the Fallons Lane. This name is given to this street in honour of the donor of the land, Joseph Fallon in memory of his wife Alice Fallon, a native of Mount Carmel, Ontario. The New Church Building of St. Andrew the Apostle was blessed by Bishop Carter on June 1966.

click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

Adieu Program to Fr. Ranjan
There were two sendoff programs arranged for Fr. Ranjan the outgoing Pastor of St. Andrew the Apostle Parish - One by the parishioners and another by non parishioners. More than 400 people attended the event, which is a great indicator to show how much he was loved and appreciated. He was thanked for his excellent pastoral work in the parish for the last six years of his pastoral ministry. The president of parish pastoral council could not complete his speech as he was in tears filled with emotions. Fr. Ranjan no doubt, had made a great impact on people for which all will miss him.

click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

Parish Feast at Kitchener, Canada
The Annual Feast of St. Aloysius Parish, Kitchener, ON, Canada was celebrated for the first time on 26th June 2016. Bishop Mathew Ustrzycki, the Auxiliary Bishop of Hamilton presided over the solemn Eucharistic celebration at 11.00am which was attended by not less than 250 people. In his inspirational homily Bishop Ustrzycki preached on the Mercy of God and invited everyone to experience His mercy personally and to become sharers of mercy. This celebration was solemnized with the presence of Knights of Columbus. Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas, the pastor meticulously planned for the day and it was indeed appreciated by the parishioners. The joy of this celebration was enhanced with the Parish Picnic consisting of Music and Entertainment, Games, Display Counters and Canadian BBQ .
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

Carmelite MASTER in Mariology
Rev. Fr. Vinod Lobo defended his Masteral Thesis on 'Mary as an icon of Disciple of Christ in the writings of Contemporary Theologians: Tissa Balasuriya, Luigi Gambero, E. A. Johnson and B. R. Gaventa' on 27th June, 2016 in Rome.
Congratulations Padre

click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

Inauguration of Dhyanavana Spirituality Course
The 20th Diploma Spirituality of Dhyanavana was inaugurated on Sunday, 3rd July 2016, during the Eucharistic celebration which was officiated by Rev. Fr. Silvestre D’Souza OCD, Councillor in charge of Spirituality. More than 25 Carmelites and other religious priests and around 100 sisters and brothers attended the celebration. During the homily Fr. Silvestre explained the spirituality of St. Thomas the Apostle inviting the participants to be courageous as the brave apostle. This year God has blessed the institute with 41 participants. Some more participants for the short courses are expected along with a good number of Day Scholars from different congregations.
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

Integrity in Ministry
On 25 June 2016, the members of Parish Pastoral Council and Parish Finance Committee of Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church, along with the Parish Priest Fr Peter Rebello, came for the annual retreat at Carmelite Retreat House Benoni. Fr Arvin Tauro, the Director of the Center preached the retreat on the theme 'Integrity in Ministry.' In his preaching, Fr Arvin explained how the church promotes and encourages integrity of lay leadership in all aspects of pastoral ministry. He said, “by various kinds of lay leadership in the church, clergy and lay leaders enter into a covenantal relationship with the people of God. It is a relationship modeled on God’s steadfast love and faithfulness.”
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

Transform for Triumph
Around one hundred youth gathered on 18 of June, 2016 at Carmel Retreat House, Benoni, South Africa for a day’s retreat. 'Transform for Triumph' was the theme of the retreat. Fr Peter Rebello, the superior welcomed the Youth at 10 am. Fr Arvin Tauro and Mr Chris Shaw, a Charismatic leader preached the retreat, animating the youth in praise and worship and spiritual talks. A great number of youth were present from Kempton Park and Actonville Parish, where Fr Peter and Boniface D’Souza are parish priests respectively. There was also a small group of youth from other parishes who participated in the retreat. The retreat concluded with the celebration of Eucharist at 6.00 pm.
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

K.G. PROVINCE SALUTES THE NEW DOCTOR
June 23, 2016 – was a red letter day in the life of Fr Alphonse Britto and the Karnataka Goa Province, as he successfully defended his doctoral thesis on the theme – “Integration of Christian Spirituality and Contemplation in the life and teachings of Pope John Paul II: A Study with a special reference to His Apostolic Exhortations Christifideles Laici, Pastores Dabo Vobis and Vita Consecrata”. The doctoral defense was held at the Pontifical Theological Faculty and Pontifical Institute of Spirituality, Teresianum, Rome. It was commenced at 16-00 hours which was attended by sizeable number of Carmelites from Teresianum, Santa Maria della Scala and Santa Maria Empoli and his friends.
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

A STEP AHEAD IN KADAGANSHI MISSION:
Beginning of the Educational apostolate!

The first phase of Mount Carmel School, Kalaburgi, consisting of 4 classrooms was blessed on the 16th of June, 2016. Rev. Fr Jerome Moras, Provincial Councilor in-charge of social work and apostolate was the chief guest. The programme started at 10:30 am. with the blessing of the new edifice, by Fr. Jerome Moras. The Superior, Fr Sylvester Pereira welcomed the gathering. Fr. Nelson Pinto compered the programme. Fr Arun Bennis proposed the vote of thanks. Fr. Arun Bennis while expressing his sentiments acknowledged the generous contribution from the Canada region, especially the benefactor: Miss Helen Chua Tiampo, through the relentless efforts of Rev. Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza, the support of the Provincial Administration and the committed and dedicated efforts of Fr. Lawrence D’Cunha, Provincial Councilor in charge of temporalities who meticulously took care of the construction from the beginning.
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

Lectio Brevis 2016-2017
Lectio Brevis of the current academic year took place on the fifteenth of June, 2016 in Pushpashrama. The celebration began with the Holy Eucharist presided over by Rev. Fr. Silvestre D'Souza, Councilor in charge of spirituality. He also preached a meaningful homily inviting the brothers to grow in wisdom. After a sumptuous tea-break the inaugural ceremony of the academic year took place in the seminary auditorium. Br. Elvis compered the programme and Rev. Fr. Alfred Menezes Rector of the College spread the carpet of red roses to all the invitees. Rev. Fr. Paul D’Souza, the professor par excellence introduced the speaker of the day. Rev. Fr. Wilfred Rodrigues the latest doctor of the province presented the Lectio Brevis on the theme ‘Personal fulfilment and happiness through freedom from cravings, a comparative study of Gautama Buddha and St. John of the Cross.’
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

THEY BEGIN THEIR JOURNEY IN CARMEL
We thank the Lord for the gift of eleven new aspirants to the Karnataka-Goa Province. On 5th June was inaugurated the ‘Initiation Course’ for the year 2016-2017, at Avila Jyothi, Carmelite Seminary, Mapusa – Goa. Fr. Silvestre D’Souza OCD, Provincial Councillor for Vocation Promotion (in the absence of the Provincial, who is away in Rome), presided over the Sunday Eucharist. The friars of the formation community and the Vocation Promoters who had accompanied the boys to Mapusa, concelebrated.
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

Birthday of Fr. Boniface D'Souza, celebrated by his parish family in South Africa:
June the 5th, on the Feast Day of St. Boniface we the parishioners of St Joseph's Catholic Church Actonville celebrated the 45th birthday of our parish priest Fr. Boniface during the Sunday Mass. Fr. Boniface D’Souza OCD, has been priest in charge at our parish since 2012. Fr Boniface's guidance, commitment and support to the parishioners of St Joseph's Catholic Church, has also revived spiritual activity within the parish and has brought a new meaning to what spirituality should be. He is not only our Parish Priest, but our Shepherd who continuously strives to enlighten his flock about leading exemplary Catholic Morals and Values, in their every-day lives.
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

Sacred Heart of Jesus honoured at Margao
"A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just." - Pope Francis. The Carmelite Monastery Margao has been a place where people experience the mercy of the Lord in the diocese of Goa. The feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was celebrated with great reverence in this year of mercy. People nourished their faith as they gathered for the Eucharistic procession and adoration followed by solemn mass. Fr. Archie the superior presided over the celebration and in his homily called on the faithful to have a sacred heart like that of Jesus full of mercy and love.
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

A new batch of Postulants
The community of Carmelite Monastery Margao welcomed the new postulancy brothers with joy and happiness. As our provincial is out of station Fr. Silvester was present during the inaugural liturgy on the 6th of June 2016. Fr. Silvester welcomed the brothers exhorting them to know and learn more about Carmelite way of life during these 6 months of postulancy and a year of noviciate. We the friars of the Carmelite Monastery are very happy as we are blessed with seven postulants. Br. Stin George, Br. Adlin Joe (Tamilnadu Province), Br. Wilson Rodrigues, Br. Loy Crasta, Br. John Marshal (Tamilnadu Province), Br. Herald Cotha and Br. Hilary Rodrigues.
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

Ordination of Fr.Nelson Osmand Vas
We are extremely delighted to have another priest to our province in the person of Fr. Nelson Osmand Vas who was ordained on the 30th of May in Our Lady of sorrows church Udupi. Most. Rev. Gerald Isac Lobo Bishop of Udupi anointed him in the presence of almost 50 priests and church-full of devotees. After the Eucharistic celebration there was a felicitation programme in Sheshashayana Hall of Kediuyoor Hotel where all his friends with Carmelite Friars felicitated him and partook in his celestial joy. Rev. Fr. Archibald Gonsalves raised the toast and Fr. George Santhumayor expressed his sentiments of joy on behalf of Provincial who could not be present for this joyous event.
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

Solemn Profession @ Infant Jesus Shrine, Mangalore

It was a day of great joy and jubilation for the Carmelites on 31st of May, 2016 at 3.30 pm, as they witnessed five young and energetic brothers pronouncing their religious vows for life at the Infant Jesus Shrine, Bikarnakatte - Mangaluru. The rite of Solemn Profession animated by Fr. Prakash D’Cunha OCD, was beautifully integrated in the Eucharistic celebration. Rev. Fr. George Santhumayor the Vicar Provincial, exhorted the candidates to be ‘the beacons of Joy of the Gospel.’ The highlight of the ceremony was making the religious profession in the hands of the Vicar Provincial of the Carmelites, Rev. Fr. George Santhumayor OCD.

click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

Rector's day sparkles
May 25, 2016 Wednesday was a sparkling day at the historical monastery of Scala, as the Rector Rev. Fr Ivan Pinto celebrated his gift of life. The day was a mixture of happiness and jubilation initiated with a morning prayer where the giver of life was praised and thanked for the numerous blessings showered upon the birthday baby. The official celebration commenced at 6-30pm with the thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration presided over by the rector who was the center of attraction. Fr Rudolph Pinto, the vice rector in his introduction invited each one to thank God for the person of Fr Ivan Pinto and pray for his intentions. During the homily, Fr Ivan gave a clarion call to practice the message of the Gospel “the attitude of a servant” and to be open minded in our disposition. The spiritual celebration was followed by the birthday dinner, where Fr Sunil Rodrigues invoked God’s blessings upon the meal. Later as the birthday baby crossed the knife over the cake, all the community members with one voice sang the birthday song “Tanti auguri a te” and conveyed birthday greetings. The birthday dinner was organized by Fr Lancy Lewis, the procurator of the community which was filled with variety of dishes both Indian and Italian. The sparkling rector’s day was concluded with a traditional hymn to Mother Mary in Konkani “tum kalzachea gondya mhojea”.
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

Retreat House cum parish in South Africa
The Carmel Retreat House at South Africa is now also a Virtual Parish! The Archbishop of Johannesburg, Rt. Rev. Dr Buti Tlhagale has given the permission to the Carmelite Fathers to work as virtual parish at the Retreat House. Now we can have Sunday Mass, administer all the sacraments and keep our own parish record for the Baptism and Marriage. This indeed is one of the important mile stones in the South African Mission of our province. Fr Arvin Tauro, the Director of the Carmelite Retreat House will also be in charge of the Virtual Parish.
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

ALBUM NO. 32: SNAP SHOTS AT CARMEL HILL
Dear Friends,
Here I present to you the latest Album no. 32, containing various snap shots of/at Carmel Hill. These photos were clicked at random from March 19th to May 15th (2016). You will find in the first section the furnishing of the commercial kitchen, visit by our Architect John Clark and Paul Ownes, a special Photo of our dear Archbishop Michael Miller CSB, valuable visit by our dear Fr. Johannes Gorantla (Definitor General from Rome), the photos of a few groups who spent time at Carmel Hill and are totally amazed at nature, surroundings and the beauty of the place; Fr. Alwyn and Bro. Joseph Giroux the community members who manage the facility beautifully and a few nuns who spent time at our facility for spiritual recollection. All looks good at Carmel Hill; and the preparations are on to accommodate new groups in the coming days and weeks. We thank again in a special way Helen Chua Tiampo who made all this possible through her team of advisors, estate planners, accountants, and lawyers; and a special remembrance of her dear parents: Jaime and Josephina Chua Tiampo and we pray for the repose of their souls.

For more details of the recent brochure and flyers please log on to: www.carmelhill.ca

click here for the photographs

Thanking you for your prayerful support and encouragement.
Sincerely
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
www.carmelhill.ca

Do not Extinguish the Spirit! (2 Thes 5:9)
On 14th of May, several people had a Pentecost Experience at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Retreat House, Benoni, South Africa. It was a full day retreat in preparation for the feast of Pentecost. Fr Arvin Tauro, the Director of the Retreat House began the retreat at 10.00 am. Frs Boniface D’Souza and Fr Arvin preached the retreat in which many people experienced the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

Dear Friends,
Here I send you the latest video of fully furnished Little Flower Monastery - Vancouver (British Columbia) Canada.
Enjoy the video. We have 10 groups booked already and we are going ahead with full swing massive advertisement blitz for the Little Flower Monastery programs.

JESUS, the High priest chooses two more for his priestly fold!
Deacon Stephen Lobo was ordained on the 22nd of April in Infant Jesus Church, Modankap, while on the following day it was the turn of Deacon Ashwin Rohan D’Silva in the newly established parish of St. Francis Xavier, Saverapura. Most Rev. Aloysius Paul D’Souza, the Bishop of Mangalore laid his hands on the ordinandi and anointed their hands at the meaningful rite of Priestly Ordination. Around 40 priests (mostly Carmelite friars) participated in these functions, along with the families and villagers. It is after a long time that the ordination ceremony is not held jointly at our St. Joseph’s Monastery, Carmel Hill. Since there were only two candidates, the Bishop willingly accepted to conduct the Priestly Ordinations in their respective native parishes. He wished that there be a boom of vocations from among the youngsters who witnessed the celebrations. We all pray that the newly ordained work with zeal for the church and in particular in our Province.

click here for more  |  Email This page to your friend  |  SHAREFacebook 

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.

^TOP

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
Click here for more

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.

Click here to listen :


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
Click here to Listen

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
Click here to Listen

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.
Click here to Listen
Click here to Listen
Click here to Listen

 

About Us  |  Carmelite Order  |  Provincial  |  Provincial Council  |  Communities  |  Formation  |  Vocation Promotion  |  Vicariate of Tanzania
Cloistered Carmels  |  Apostolate  |  Publications  |  Secular Carmel  |  Contact Us  |  Home

 

Copyright © 2011   KG Carmelite Province, Bangalore

You are visitor No. :

Powered By : Business Online, Bangalore