The Feast of Divine Mercy was a grand celebration at the Carmelite
As our present Pope Francis dedicated this year to ponder on the
Divine Mercy of our God, the diocese of Goa and Daman chose the
Carmelite monastery as the centre of Divine Mercy appreciating the
availability of the priests for the sacrament of confession and for the
spread of this devotion in the whole of the diocese. The feast on the
3rd of April was solemnized by the presence of Dr. Filipe Neri Ferrao,
the Archbishop of Goa and Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao, our provincial. Fr.
Socorro Mendes the convener of the year of Mercy explained to the
congregation the vital role of the Carmelite Fathers in the spread of
the devotion of the Divine Mercy in the diocese of Goa. Fr. Anastasio
Gomes and Fr. Antonio Silva were the pioneers of this devotion.
In his preaching his grace Dr. Filipe Neri Ferrao expounded the parable
of the forgiving father, with an emphasis on the loving and caring
nature of God the Father - in the words of Pope Francis the ‘tenderness’
of the Father. The presence and the experience of the faithful were
marvellous. The community took this as an opportunity to celebrate the
jubilee of Rev. Fr Patrick Lobo and Rev. Fr. Walter Lobo. Also Rev Fr.
Galdino Monteiro was honoured and appreciated for the 50 years of his