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LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY ALBUM NO. 28
Dear Friends,
On November 27th the workers at Little Flower Monastery were given a grand lunch arranged by Helen. We thanked the workers for their dedication and hard work. Mr. Dennis Cadrain introduced us and Fr. Rudolf expressed words of gratitude. On this occasion Francis Wong and Stewart Hayashi were present to enhance our joy. Fr. Rajesh and Bro. Joseph Giroux contributed their share to make this gathering vibrant.
Here are a few photos of the ongoing landscaping around the monastery. When completed this campus will look extraordinarily beautiful and neat.
Enjoy the photos

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza, Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society, Canada,
www.cccsocd.ca

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LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY BY NIGHT: ALBUM NO 27
Dear Friends,
Good morning. I am pleased to send you the latest photos of the Little Flower Monastery ongoing work. A few important things to keep in mind. First of all you will find a big green tank outside the building that is meant for propane gas for the use of the monastery; cooking and for the house heating system. There is also another wooden closet which is prepared for a generator in case of power failure. Recently due to heavy storm there was two hours power cut and this could happen in this mountainous area during autumn and winter. The landscaping work has begun around the monastery which will be completed within a month from now. You will see around the monastery the yellow posts or you can call them pillars which are for beauty as well as for roof support. The parking lot in front of the building is almost complete. Shortly two automatic gates will be installed both at the lower entrance and at Alfred Horie Company entrance which is the immediate entrance as we move up to our facility from highway 7. The interior work of another 10 rooms is yet to be completed. Enjoy the photos: click the link below

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society - CANADA
www.cccsocd.ca

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LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY BY NIGHT: ALBUM NO 26
Dear Friends,
So far we have been posting photos of the Little Flower Monastery taken during daylight, now you will really enjoy the photos taken during night time. Recently we received power to the facility but the external lighting and landscaping yet to happen. Once that is done you will get a better picture of this campus. Now the BC Hydro has just installed lights for night vigilance and to brighten up the campus to keep away a few night visitors to the facility; I mean the Deers and Grizzly Bears. Hope you enjoy these photos:

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
www.cccsocd.ca
   
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25TH ALBUM: CONSTRUCTION WORK PROGRESS OF LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY
Watch these photos for fun. A lot of work had to be completed before the inauguration. The photos go from September 29th till October 9th. You will get a glimpse of the progress and hard work of workers.

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza
Regional Superior - Canada
   
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ALBUM NO. 24 - LITTLE FLOWER CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS PHOTOS
Photos clicked between September 28th and following indicate the ground was ready with sand and rubbles for concreting. The sign-bearing huge stone was moved to the centre and the round about was being architecturally planned. More details in the photos.

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Regional Superior - Canada
   
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ALBUM NO. 23 - CONSTRUCTION OF LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY PROGRESS PHOTO ALBUM
These photos clicked before the inauguration will be posted on website to complete the series of the photographs for record. These photos clicked between September 24-25th as the work progressed. During this time the work force concentrated on the compound to be ready for the inauguration. It had to be concreted and the road had to be asphalted.

Thank you
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza
Regional Superior - Canada
   
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ALBUM NO. 22: LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS PHOTOS
Dear Friends,
In this album you will notice we are close to the inauguration of the building. In fact a bit of explanation is required here. You will see the the building walls, I mean the wooden walls are covered with red and ash colour tiles. Before putting those tiles they covered the entire building walls with a plastic type of paper and then they put a sort of thick insulation material and after that they have installed these tiles. This is a very strong protection to wooden walls against adverse weather conditions like water, moisture, fire and other natural causes that could damage the walls. After these security measures the walls are safe. Enjoy this album.

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
   
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ALBUM NO. 21: Little Flower Monastery Construction Progress Photos
Dear Friends,
Here is the album number 21. I send you these photos after the inauguration of the building. We had gathered at the site for arranging sound system and other details for the program. Fr. Jerald D'Souza along with some of his parishioners had come to inspect the place for sound system arrangements. That day we had a beautiful visitor to our property, a young deer was grazing just a few yards from our building. That was a great sight to behold.
Enjoy the photos:

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
   
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20TH PHOTO ALBUM OF THE WORK PROGRESS PHOTOS OF THE LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY AT CARMEL HILL - BC - CANADA
Dear Friends,
Here I send you the 20th photo album of the work progress of the Little Flower Monastery. By now a number of invitations have been sent to our friends and Carmelite family members. The work is satisfactory according to the contractor and we will get there on time for the inauguration. Just a few days ago BC Hydro installed electrical connection and water connection. You can see at the north end of the property a huge tank is processed underground which regulates the flow of water to the facility. When the building externally looks almost complete a lot of interior design is pending and moreover furnishing is to be completed as well. That does not discourage us but we need to intensify our efforts. We have ordered some Chapel items from Belgium and pews from Toronto. Some more items are on the way. The paving of the ground in front of the building will be partially done before the inauguration; but the ground will be levelled for this event most certainly.
All the best and more to come in the next few days

Sincerely
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD, Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society, www.carmelhill.ca
   
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OUR MONASTERY WILL LOOK LIKE THIS WHEN COMPLETED
Dear Friends,
Our monastery will look like this when completed. This is the latest artwork which is typical reproduction of the would be building construction. All the best.

Sincerely
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD, Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society, Canada: www.carmelhill.ca


LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY -DEREOCHE ROAD BC CANADA
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FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS ALBUM NO. 19
Dear Friends,
Here I bring you the 19th album of our construction work progress photos. At this point the entire structure of our monastery is complete. Now the interior design work and the final insulation of the roof work will start shortly. The big kangaroo crane will be removed in another two days from in front of the building. Then the campus levelling work will begin. Lots of work is pending but the contractor is quite confident to finish the job before October 15th. Here in Canada especially in the West Coast the climate has gradually become sober and the temperature is quite pleasant. The workers at our campus feel comforted due to change in the climatic conditions. We all look forward to this wonderful day of the inauguration on October 15th at 11 am. Fr. Jerald D'Souza has already mailed invitations to more than 170 destinations: parishes, convents and religious houses in Canada. We have also mailed a copy of the invitation to the Province Website and the Province Secretary has sent to all the members of the Province a personal invitation through email. Mrs. Molly Dias is working at the Souvenir to be released on the occasion. Helen Chua Tiampo has already imported Mass Vestments for the occasion and each priest will be gifted with one vestment in remembrance of this great event. We continue to pray that this program will be a great success in the Vancouver Archdiocese.

Sincerely
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD, Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society, Canada. www.carmelhill.ca
   
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FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS ALBUM NO. 18
Dear Friends,
Good morning. Hope you had a wonderful week. Here in Canada it is summer and in India it is monsoon season. These are the photos of our construction at Carmel Hill. You can see in this album the work is in real progress and the workers are catching up with the task at hand with the deadline in their mind. All looks good. You can see for yourself the progress that is achieved in just 5 months from February 24th 2015 onwards.

I enclose here also a report of the Architect who has given an explanation for the wooden structure, which is not well understood in Asian countries as we asian are all accustomed to concrete structures. As I have seen here in North America 75% of the structures are made in wood and only in big cities if the structures have to be multi-storeyed they are constructed in concrete and glass. The explanation in the attached sheet is self explanatory and also in accordance with the teaching of Pope Francis who has given a clarion call to protect environment in his encyclical: LAUDATO SI.

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society, Canada, www.camelhill.ca
   
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FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS ALBUM NO. 17
Dear Friends,
We are in mid-summer. I want to bring you the latest news and updates of Carmel Hill Canada. The construction work is on and in full swing. The contractors have an uphill task to finish the job on time. We all pray for them. Bro. Joseph Giroux OCD is keeping them happy with GAUDEMUS every alternative day after their work offering them snacks and coffee. I visited the site with Helen a number of times and each time when we enter our campus something new is ready to be seen. I am enclosing the latest photo album and you will enjoy it. Someone commented that this construction looks like a cardboard edifice; but you are wrong. This type of construction is very popular in USA and Canada and also in many parts of Europe. It is said that in UK they are building a 10 storey building with this material. The CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) has a life time of 150-200 years; and it is low cost maintenance and strong. Our contractor once said that if the concrete buildings can last 100 years, the CLT material building will last more than 150 years. Well, after these 150 years certainly there will be new technology to rebuild Carmel Hill with brand new generation of Carmelites who perhaps will think of putting up 25 to 30 storey Monasteries and preach God's Kingdom from the top of these high-rise monasteries.
All the best and God bless

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society, Canada. www.carmelhill.ca
   
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FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS ALBUM NO. 16
Dear Friends,
We are slowly getting there towards the completion of the monastery work. Yet a lot work is to be done. On this day when we celebrate Mount Carmel Feast we are getting a glimpse of the chapel of the Monastery. Partial roofing is done and the workers will begin mounting the panels and planks on the other side of the monastery shortly. All looks good. We are in process of preparing a souvenir for the inauguration of our monastery on October 15th; and we are bringing out the first edition of CARMEL HILL bulletin on this day of the Solemnity of Our Blessed Mother of Carmel July 16th, 2015. Wish you a wonderful feast and do continue to pray for the completion of this maiden foundation in Canada. We request you all to utter a prayer for the intentions of the donor.
Have a great day and wish you a HAPPY FEAST OF MOUNT CARMEL.

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
Canada: www.carmelhill.ca
   
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FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS ALBUM NO. 15
Dear Friends,
Hope you had a wonderful week. Here in BC Canada its hot and summer is simmering. At times we have wonderful weather too. BC is suffering due to 128 forest fires. That is why it is hazy and smokey. Here I bring you the latest photos of our construction. It all looks good and progressing. We are yet to receive 4 huge loads of CLT wood from Germany. We have already received 6 trucks. The towing company has to help these trucks to get to our place from the the main highway no. 7. You can see in the photos the towing machines doing their job. We had a great time yesterday to supervise the work that is going on. The workers and the engineering teams are upbeat. Mr. Dennis and Mr. Allan are very hopeful to finish the job on time. They say that they have to work hard and at times overtime too. But it all looks promising. Please click the link below for more clear picture of the progress of the work in album no. 15

Sincerely
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
www.carmelhill.ca
   
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FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS ALBUM NO. 14
Dear Friends,
I am pleased to bring you the 14th Album of the construction progress photos of Little Flower Monastery at 10789 North Deroche Road, British Columbia (Canada). After the foundation work the next phase of construction work began in the second week of June (2015). The CLT wood from Germany has to be assembled and put in place. The huge Kangaroo Crane will do its job; nonetheless it will take approximately another 5 weeks for its completion of the task. Then perhaps we have the next phase of construction: interior of the building. So far so good; and looking forward to completing this huge task in the first week of October this year. We thank Bro. Joseph Giroux OCD for taking care of the premises 24 hours.

Sincerely
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
Canada
More details: www.carmelhill.ca
   
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FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS ALBUM NO. 13
Dear Friends,
Here I send you Album no. 13 from Vancouver - Canada. Work progress is intense and the expected loads of wood from Germany has arrived. We have received 3 huge trucks load of CLT wood and 7 more trucks are on their way. In just 5 weeks you will see the hidden monastery mushrooming up which so far was hidden with all the foundation work, piping, cabling and sewage and other systems being installed underground. We hope this album will give you a better idea of the work progress at the site.

Wishing you all the best
Sincerely
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
www.carmelhill.ca

   
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FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS ALBUM NO. 12
Dear Friends,
Here are the latest photos of our construction work. Now the foundation is concreted and finished. A few days it will be sprayed with water for settling and strengthening the concrete surface. The next move is to wait for the ready made wooden walls and roof of the building; probable date for the consignment to arrive is the second week of this month. You can have an idea how far we have progressed in this project. For more details click the link to the photo album number 12:

Sincerely
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
www.carmelhill.ca
   
For recent photos click here :

FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS ALBUM NO. 11
Dear Friends,
Here I update you with the 11th Album of the Construction of the Formation House Progress Photos. As the Architect John Clarke said this morning that the walls and roof of the Formation house are on the way from Germany, it is a special kind of wood that does not burn in case of fire. Moreover, these walls are so strong and flexible that one can put any number of nails into it and still it can be made to appear brand new. We can drill a hole and refill it with a special wood material and can look as it were nothing is damaged. These walls are 5- 6 inch thick and strong. In other words these wooden walls are called CLT wooden blocks imported from Germany. Once the walls come to the site it will take the contractors to fix them in 3-4 weeks and then to the fix the roof will take another 2 weeks. Hence, by the end of July this year the structure should be ready and then the work of fixing the doors and windows and other finishing job will begin.

Sincerely

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
www.carmelhill.ca

   
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LITTLE FLOWER FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION WORK PROGRESS PHOTOS - 10
Dear Friends,
Here you have the 10th Photo Album of our Formation House Construction Work Progress. You can see the work progressing steadily and material is arriving on site practically everyday. Bro. Joseph is taking good care of the property and is very keen on locking the gates and opening the gates for the workers. He must also keep vigil at night because of the heavy machinery that is there in the campus. You will see a big boulder which will be moved to the centre of the lawn in front of the monastery and a brass plaque will be placed in honour of the parents of Helen.

Enjoy the Photos:

Sincerely
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
Canada
   
LITTLE FLOWER FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS PHOTOS - 10

FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS PHOTOS - 9
Dear Friends,
Here is the latest update on the construction work of Formation House at North Deroche Road, Fraser Valley District - British Columbia (Canada). A lot of cable laying work is going on. The toughest job so far has been the landscaping and removing huge boulders from the campus area. Hereafter beautifying work will begin. You can see the fire hydrant is already in place and water pipes are laid from the District Municipality water supply unit. After they give cable connections from the bottom of the foundation upwards as the floor heating system is to be set concreting task will take place as a portion of the foundation is already laid with concrete.

Hope you will enjoy these photos.

Sincerely
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
Canada
   
FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS PHOTOS - 9

FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS PHOTOS - 8
Dear Friends,
Here are the latest construction progress photos of the Formation House in Canada. The foundation work along with heating piping system and sewer piping work is almost completes. We are expecting a whole load of wood from Germany at the end of this month, which is called CLT 5 layered wood that would constitute the walls of the house. Other works in the campus such as water supply, electricity supply and landscaping is going on. Hope you will enjoy these photos

With best regards
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
Canada
   
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FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS PHOTOS - 8

FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS PHOTOS - 7
Dear Friends,
As you can see through this album the work is progressing well. The water connection and sewer connections are done. You will find a green and a red coloured huge tanks; they are meant for purifying the sewer water and will lead to a flat area where it is neutralized electrically and that water is used for gardening or for irrigating plants. Besides we also got the electrical connection what we call in India - Three Phased connection - for our Monastery. Moreover, we have completed the work of the water and heating connections beneath the foundation and you will find all those black pipes protruding upwards which will be connected to 20 self contained rooms, halls and the chapel. We hope and pray that this task will be accomplished on time. The ready-made walls of the formation house are imported from Germany and as per the information we have gathered they should reach the site in the first week of June this year. We continue to pray for the successful completion of this project.
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Regional Superior - Canada
   

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FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS PHOTOS - 7

CONSTRUCTION SITE PROGRESS PHOTOS (6) April 1st to 8th, 2015
Dear Friends,
Here are the latest photos of our construction in Canada. The work progress is rapid and looks like an hectic zone. The plumbing work has begun and also the water line progress is on from the municipality. The huge pipes at the site gives an impression of the quickness of the work taking place. We request your continued prayers for the successful completion of the work.
 
FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION SITE PROGRESS PHOTOS (6)

CONSTRUCTION SITE PROGRESS PHOTOS (5) March 26th to 30th, 2015
Here are the latest photos of the Construction site at Carmel Hill, Canada. The foundation work is on and the concrete is being poured. The bulldozers ate at work digging a trench for the water supply from the municipality tank to the construction site. The rapid progress will transform the site into an active zone for the ongoing work of the Formation House.
Wishing you all a JOYOUS EASTER AND THE PEACE OF THE RISEN CHRIST.
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
 
CONSTRUCTION SITE PROGRESS PHOTOS (5)

CONSTRUCTION SITE REPORT PHOTOS 4 (MARCH 23RD TO 26TH, 2015)

Dear Friends,
Here are the progress photos of the Construction of the Formation House in Canada (construction site progress photos 4). These photos will let you know exactly in one month duration the foundation for the construction is being laid in a place where it was thick forest and approximately 3 metres hill and mud has been brought down to the level of the existing house nearby. If you see the site blessing photos on February 24th (Construction site progress photos 1) and now (March 26th) you will notice the rapid progress of the work and the amount of soil moved to another location nearby.

Wishes and Prayers
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
 

CONSTRUCTION SITE PROGRESS PHOTOS (4) MARCH 23-26, 2015

CARMEL HILL REPORT from Canada (19-03-2015)
Dear Friends, here are the latest photos of the construction site at Carmel Hill. This is the fourth album (CARMEL HILL PHOTO REPORT 4). When you see the photos, at the right side you will find a caption on some photos explaining the right angle of the monastery. You will find in some photos the entire mountain at the background and the levelled area in front of it. That is the place where we build our monastery. In fact the mountain will be the real background of our monastery practically at the centre. Hence, Carmel Hill name very well suits this landscape. Next week we will see some activity of the real foundation being laid. Partial material has been arriving at the site. We also found some huge boulders in the foundation area which will be blasted shortly. Enjoy the photos.
 
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CARMEL HILL REPORT from Canada (12-03-2015)
Here are the photos of the work progress at Carmel Hill (Canada). We obtained the official building permit today, which you will find on the yellow sheet. The work is on full swing and workers enthusiastic. Bro. Josef OCD at the site can be contacted through the following numbers: Carmel Hill (604 820 2400) and Josef's personal number: 604 500 9659).
 
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Well Begun Half Done!!!
The Construction work is begun in Canada for the Little Flower Formation House cum Spirituality Centre. We wish all the very best for this project.
 
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BREAKING NEWS FROM CANADA:
The Blessing ceremony of the construction site of the Little Flower Formation House cum Spirituality Centre was solemnly conducted by Rev. Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza on his 28th Priestly Ordination Anniversary on February 24th at 11.30 am. Alfred Horie Construction Company had its equipment at site, and Mr. Steve Paone the chief Managing Director directed the cranes to uproot approximately 100 mighty trees symbolically to begin the construction work at the site immediately. Members from Guardian Angels Parish, Secretary Riz Geronimo, Oscar and Heidi; members from St. Edmond's Parish and Secular Carmelites Molly Dias, Marylynn, and Susan - Larry were present.
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The Project Title: Formation House of the Discalced Carmelites.
20 rooms self contained, suite size (350 sqft); with the intention of multi purpose
Dining hall, chapel, library, lobby, laundry, meeting rooms etc.
Time line- completion: 2015 June-July
Permission Granted from Fraser Valley Development Authority
Architect: John Clarke
Executive body: Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza, Mr. Francis Wong, Darrell Wickstrom (Helen's lawyer); Helen C. Tiampo
Start date: End of February 2014.
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