The golden friar: Fr. Cyril Menezes

11th of February,2018 will remain a memorable day for the Karnataka-Goa Province of Discalced Carmelites, as Fr. Cyril Menezes completed 50 years in the garden of Carmel. There was a solemn Eucharistic celebration at the Infant Jesus presided over by Fr. Cyril, along with Carmelite friars from all around the province and a few diocesan priests. In his homily, Fr. Alfred Menezes explained the significance of the jubilee in the life of the religious. The meaningful liturgy and the soul-uplifting choir was animated by the theology brothers.

A short felicitation programme was organized in the courtyard of the monastery. After a prayer song by the theology brothers, the cake was cut. Fr. Archibald Gonsalves raised the toast and highligted some unique facets of the life of the jubilarian, who was then honoured by the Provincial and his councillors with a Mysore peta, shawl and fruits. Fr. Anthony Kanapilly the batchmate of Fr. Cyril, who belongs to the Manjummel province and was present on the occasion was also felicitated. From the part of the family his sister, Mrs. Janet shared how Fr. Cyril has been a mentor and guide to all of them. His nephew and niece rendered a wishing song composed specially for the occasion. Towards the end, the Provincial, Fr. Charles Serrao, acknowledge the magnanimous role played by Fr Cyril in the Province, as vocation promoter, formator, local superior and provincial councillor, especially in the initial years. 50 golden balloons were released in the air and at last Fr. Cyril expressed his sentiments of gratitude. The whole programme was compered by Fr. Prakash D'Cunha.

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