FR. CHARLES SERRAO OCD, re-elected as the Provincial Superior of the
Karnataka-Goa Province of the Discalced Carmelites.
13 Provincial Chapter of the Discalced Carmelite Friars of the
Karnataka-Goa Province has re-elected Rev. Fr Charles Serrao as the
Provincial Superior for the next triennium (2017 – 2020).
Rev. Fr Charles Serrao, OCD was born on 26 August, 1950 at Vamadapav,
Diocese of Mangaluru. He made his first religious profession on March
19, 1971 and was ordained a priest on December 23, 1978. After the
formation of the Karnataka-Goa Province in 1981, he held the offices of
Director of the Aspirants at the Vocation Home - Mangaluru, Master of
Theology Students - Mangaluru, Vocation Promoter and Provincial
Councillor. He obtained a Licentiate in Psychology and Pedagogy from
Salesian Pontifical University in Rome and a Diploma of Specialization
in Consecrated Life at ‘Claretianum’, an Institute of Theology for
Religious Life, in Rome. He also, holds a Diploma in Human Growth and
Development Relationships, Spiritual Counselling Skills, Community
Living from the Institute of St Anselm, London.
On his return to India Fr Serrao was again elected Provincial Councillor
and appointed as Master of Philosophy Students - Mysuru. In the General
Chapter of 1991, he was elected Definitor General in Rome and then
re-elected for a second sexennium in 1997. On completion of this
assignment he was appointed Rector of Collegio Teologico Internazionale
OCD, in Rome where he continued for 11 years. During his 25 years as
priest, he worked 13 years in formation of the seminarians, both in
India and Rome.
Fr. Serrao has teaching experience in the Philosophy College in India
and in ‘Teresiamun’, the Pontifical Institute of Spirituality - Rome. He
has also wide experiences in giving seminars, especially on formation
and religious life. He has closely collaborated in the formation of the
Discalced Carmelite Friars and Cloistered Nuns as General Councillor and
Since 2014 he has been the Provincial Superior of the Karnataka-Goa
Province of the Discalced Carmelites.
The Karnataka-Goa Province comprises the civil states of Karnataka, Goa,
Maharashtra and Gujarat. There is a mission in Tanzania and we have
communities in Italy, South Africa and Canada. Individual friars also
serve in other Carmelites Provinces and Dioceses around the world. There
are at present 190 friars and 109 students in formation.