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Stress Management workshop at Emmaus Counseliing Centre
On 21st of September 2014, Stress Management workshop was conducted at Emmaus Counseliing Centre. Fr. Alex Braganza, the Superior welcomed the participants. Workshop consisted of 3 parts. General awareness, Stressors and Self help. Stress occurs when people perceive that pressure is higher than the resources at hand. S = P > R. Some of the important stressors discussed were, physical environment, social interactions, rudeness, bossiness from the authorities at work place, breakdown of machines, life style, daily hassles like misunderstanding, arguments, misplaced things, excessive work load, lack of sleep, lack of time for rest and relaxation, major life events like death of a loved one, lost job, marriage of son or daughter.
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Report of the Carmelite Parish Priests’ Meeting
(Sadbhavana, Bangalore: 16-17)
The Parish Priests from our Province, participated in a meeting that was held at Sadbhavana, Carmelite Provincialate on September 16th and 17th 2014. The inauguration was held in the presence of Fr. Charles Serrao, Provincial Superior, Fr. Jerome Moras, Prov. Councilor in-charge of Apostolate and Fr. Silvestre D’Souza, Prov. Councilor, by the lighting of a lamp. Fr. Melwin D’Cunha led the gathering in prayer. Later Fr. Jerome Moras Councilor in-charge of Apostolate welcomed the gathering and introduced the resource person Rev. Fr. Jervis D’Souza, Judicial Vicar of the Archdiocese of Bombay.
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Karnataka-Goa Province : (Sadbhavana, Bangalore: 15 September, 2014)

A meeting of all the friars involved in the ‘apostolate of education’ was called on Sept. 15, 2014 at Sadbhavana, Bangalore which was attended by the following:
1. The Provincial: Very Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao
2. The Councillor in charge of apostolate: Fr. Jerome Moras
3. Secretary for the Education: Fr. Gregory D’Souza
4. Correspondent of Mt. Carmel School, Belur: Fr. Cyprian Fernandes
5. Correspondent of Mt Carmel School, Ramnagar, Londa: Fr. Anthony D’Souza
6. Correspondent of Mt. Carmel School, Hoovinahadagalli: Fr. Joseph D’Souza
7. Correspondent of St. Joseph’s School, Mira Road Mumbai: Fr. Diogo F. Proenca
8. Principal of the school in Belur: Fr. Prakash Tauro
9. Principal of the school at Hoovinahadagalli: Fr. Suresh Saldanha
10. Principal of the school at Londa: Fr. Venil D’Souza.

Fr. Charles Serrao, the Provincial presided over the meeting, Fr. Gregory D’Souza, the Secretary moderated the sessions and Fr. Jerome Moras recorded the proceedings.

Monthi Fest at Sadbhavana
The B’day of our Mother ‘Monthi Fest’ was celebrated in Sadbhavana on 7th of September with all solemnity. The offering of the flowers and Blessing of the Corn was done at the main entrance. With the melodius chorus of traditional hymn ‘Moriyek Hogalsiya’ all children gathered offered the flowers to Baby Mary joyfully. Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao, the Provincial presided over the Eucharist and preached a wonderful homily on the life of Mary highlighting her qualities we need to imitate.
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MEETING OF THE SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS OF SECULAR CARMEL – 2014 (Sadbhavana, Bangalore: 2-3 September, 2014)
Carmelite Seculars, together with the Friars and Nuns, are sons and daughters of the Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St Teresa of Jesus. It is the earnest endeavour of the Karnataka-Goa Province to promote vocations to the Secular Carmel from all walks of life. Around 10 years ago we began forming the first communities and today we have a good number of members who have made their promises.
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Report of the Meeting of the Not-So-Young Priests at Xellim
Date:19-8-2014 to 22-08-2014

The Fifth Not-So-Young Priests’ meetbegan on August 19th morning at Xellim - Goa. 19 Fathers were present for the meeting. Fr. Joy the convener of the programme welcomed everyone. It was inaugurated by lighting the lamp by Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao, the Provincial and 5 representatives from each batch. Thereafter Fr.Provincial presided over the Eucharistic celebration which was concelebrated by Fr. Peter D'Sa and Fr.Sunil Monis. During the homily Fr. Provincial invited everyone to reflect on the Carmelite life and the importance of the three Evangelical Counsels.
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More than 40 Secular Carmelites of the Lower Mainland Communities, British Columbia, came together on August 8 to 10, 2014 for the Annual Retreat at Westminster Abbey in Mission, B.C. The theme was “Collegio de Cristo” (College of Christ), led by Rev. Fr. Jerald D’Souza, Provincial Delegate for OCDS of Western Canada.  The theme, one that examined community life and prayer life, was also this year’s theme of the XII Provincial Chapter of our Karnataka-Goa Province in India.
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The 5th Annual Meeting of Western Canada took place over the weekend of August 22 to 24, 2014 at the Seton House of Prayer, Kelowna, BC. Rev. Fr, Jerald D’Souza OCD, Provincial Delegate, met with Officers of the Secretariat, Community Presidents and Directors of Formation. The weekend commenced on Friday with Evening Prayer and Mass in the Chapel on the hill overlooking the 160-acre retreat centre. After dinner, the meeting convened during which the reports and business matters were dealt with leaving the following day free for a formation workshop and open forum on challenges and resolutions.
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Dhyanavana Institution Day
Dhyanavana institution day was held on 15th August and saluted the patroness St. Edith Stein who led a heroic life for her faith. We began the day with prayer Service and later saluted our nation by hoisting the flag by Sr. Nathaline CCR. At 11:30 a.m we had Eucharistic celebration officiated by Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao Provincial of Karnataka Goa Province. Fr. Sylvestre D Souza preached thought-provoking homily and gave a clarion call to live and witness dynamic faith of St. Edith Stein.  At 6:00 p.m we had prayer service conducted by Fr. Oswald Crasta OCD on Edith Stein, followed by enthralling cultural programme by student participants. 
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Independence Day @ at Infant Jesus Shrine, Mangalore
68th Independence Day was celebrated at Infant Jesus Shrine, Bikarnakatte – Mangalore on Friday morning. Mr. Roy Castelino, President of Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy hoisted the flag and thereafter addressing the gathering he highlighted the fact that India is an emerging power in the world. In IT sector or in the medical field, India has shown its caliber and within five years India will have an enormous youth power (youth below 45 years). 
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Anticipated B’day of Rev. Fr. Provincial and Releasing of the Festschrift in honor of Fr. Paul
It was a great day as Sadbhavana Community along with all the formators and Superiors of the formative communities celebrated Rev. Fr. Provincial’s anticipated B’day. The Celebration began with a Holy Mass at 6:30 PM. Fr. Provincial Presided over the Eucharist and Rev. Fr. Oswald Crasta preached an inspiring homily. After the mass all gathered in the refectory for the double celebration. Rev. Fr. George Santhumayor spread the carpet of red roses to one and all. Fr. Ronald D’Souza compered the programme with his witty comments and sweet jokes. 
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Anti child labor day : Carmel Jyothi public charitable trust
Carmel Jyothi Public charitable trust is known for its social development activities. Now it is two year that the trust has started “child laborers’ residential school” in the campus of Carmel Seva Sadan. At present there are 45 children. These children are from different villages surrounding Hadagalli taluk. All of them are either school dropouts or child labourers who did not see the face of a school. All of them are given shelter, food, clothing, education and above all the love of Christ.
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Carmel Jyothi public charitable trust conducts women empowerment course for women
Huvina hadagali, 14th July, 2014, Carmel Jyothi public charitable trust and JCI Huvina Hadagalli royal conducted women empowerment course for women. Women empowerment course was organised in the campus of Carmel Seva Sadan.This program was organised to empower the anganwadi workers of Hadagalli taluk. Around 200 women participated in this seminar. Fr. Rajesh D’Souza and the CDPO Mr. Somanna inaugurated the program by lighting the lamp.  Click here for more

Dual Celebration in Tanzania
28th of July, 2014 will go down in the history of the Discalced Carmelites in Tanzania because of the dual celebrations namely inauguration and consecration of the newly built chapel at Kihonda and the priestly ordination of three of our deacons, namely, Dn. Edwin, Dn. Theophil and Dn Elius. The celebration began at 9:00am with the solemn procession. There were around 60 priests both religious and secular. More than 1500 people gathered to witness the historical celebration. Liturgy began with the blessing of the surroundings of the church by the bishop and cutting of the ribbon by Fr. Charles Serrao the provincial of Karnataka – Goa province.  Click here for more

Carmel Jyothi public charitable trust conducts world population day
11th July 2014, Huvinahadagali, Carmel Jyothi public charitable trust and the taluk hospital under the joint collaboration conducted the world population day. Awareness program was conducted on the streets of Hadagalli town by the students of G. P. G. College students. Afterwards stage program was conducted in the campus of Carmel Seva Sadan. Mr. P. Badyanaik THO of Hadagalli taluk was the president of the program. Fr. Rajesh D’Souza, Mr. H. N. Thimmappa CO of taluk panchyath, Mr. S. Basavangowda, principal of GPG College, were the chief guests of the program.
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Handling Emotions-Workshop
First workshop of this year was conducted at Emmaus on 27th July 2014. The theme of the workshop was “Handling Emotions”. There were 15 participants. Fr. Alex Braganza the superior welcomed the participants. Dr. Fr. Praveen D’souza was the resource person. Thinking is the foundation of our emotions and behaviour. As we think so we feel as feel so we behave. To feel better we ought to change our thinking. Tips were given as to how to alter the cognitive distortions into more positive and helpful thinking patterns. The workshop was well appreciated by the participants. They unanimously requested to conduct more short term programmes on weekends so that they all can participate. Click here for more

The Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel was preceded by a nine-day novena to our Heavenly Mother at St. Edmund’s Church, North Vancouver. The novena was notably well received and attended by parishioners of St. Edmund’s, Secular Carmelites and devotees as evidenced by the increased numbers this year. On July 16, 2014 7:00 p.m., a solemn Eucharistic celebration was presided over by Bishop Stephen Jensen of Prince George and concelebrated by our Carmelite friars, Regional Superior Fr. Rudolf D’Souza, Fr. Jerald D’Souza, Fr. Godwin Pinto, Fr. Stany Mascarenhas, and several priests including Monsignor Pedro Lopez-Gallo. The church was filled to capacity with standing room only. Click here for more

We cannot progress if we do not educate our children.
In order to encourage the poor children and to create in them the interest to study, “Carmel Jyothi Public Charitable Trust" distributed free note books. Around 75 children belonging to different religion were given free note books, pen, pencils and the color pencils. This included the children from kayaka nagara Govt School, children from Carmel boys home, children from child labor residential school and the poor children from Hadagali. Fr. Rajesh D’Souza, the director of Carmel Jyothi Public Charitable Trust distributed the books and asked the children to study well. Rev. Fr. Joseph D’Souza the Superior of Carmel Bhavan and the village leaders of kayaka nagara were present. Click here for more

Sadbhavana Celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
The Community of Sadbhanavana along with the Carmel Kutam of Bangalore celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on 20th of July, Sunday in Sadhbhavana with all jubilation and solemnity. Rev. Fr. George Santhumayor presided over the Eucharistic celebration and preached a heart touching homily highlighting the role of Mother Mary in protecting and guiding the Christians in the footsteps of Christ. Good number of Carmelite priests from near and far participated in the celebration. 500 people from different parts of Bangalore joined in the celebration and honored and thanked Mother Mary for her maternal protection.  Click here for more

A Get-together of the Carmelite Family of Mysore
July 20th was a great day for all the members of Carmelite family of Mysore as they celebrated the feast of our lady of Mount Carmel. This great event was organised under the able leadership Fr. Dominic Vas. CCR sisters were the hosts of the celebration. Fr. Dominic presided over the Eucharistic celebration. In his homily he highlighted Mother Teresa’s devotion towards Mother Mary. Liturgy was organised by AC sisters, choir by Carmelite brothers from Pushpashrama, offertory gifts were brought by Ocds brothers and sisters.  Click here for more

World environment day
Huvina Hadagalli, 5th June 2014, Carmel Jyothi public charitable trust (R) and Mount Carmel school Huvina Hadagalli under the joint collaboration conducted the world environment day. Fr. Rajesh D’Souza the director of Carmel Jyothi public charitable trust (R) was the president of the program. Fr. Prakash tauro head master of Mount Carmel school was the chief guest. Children from the child labour school and the children from Mount Carmel school were present. During the program all the children were asked to develop an ardent love for the nature. To mark this event children cleansed the streets of Hadagalli and many people participated in this. Click here for more

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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.




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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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



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