God's amazing blessings to see, in Fr Jignesh, Gujarat Carmelite Priest Number Three!
The number three has great significance in Christianity! The Trinity, the three Magi, the Three beloved apostles, three days of Lord's passion and resurrection and so on! The number became even more significant in our Province especially through Fr. Jignesh, the Third Carmelite Priest from the ‘Jewel of Western India’ - rich land of Gujarat!

February 19, 2022 was a day of great jubilation and celebration as the K.G. Province had the joy of receiving the third Carmelite priest from the land of Gujarat. Fr Jigneshkumar Solanki having completed his seminary formation was raised to the Order of Priesthood on this day by His Grace Most Rev. Stanislaus Fernandes, S.J., Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Baroda. The Ordination rite was attended by 47 priests with the majority of them being Carmelites and the rest were religious and the diocesan clergy from the diocese of Baroda. Apart from this, religious nuns, family members, relatives and friends took great joy in witnessing this blessed day.

The Ordination was held at the Infant Jesus Church, Gorwa, Vadodara at 3:30 pm. The archbishop in his homily instructed the Deacon to be a priest after the heart of Jesus and to walk in the footsteps of Christ the good shepherd and to love him with sincere and pure heart. Rev. Fr George Santhumayor, OCD Provincial presented Jignesh to the archbishop to be ordained as Priest. After the solemn mass, Fr Jignesh expressed the sentiments of gratitude to all and felicitated the bishop, provincial and his formators. Fr Provincial on behalf of the Province thanked the Bishop and the parents of Fr. Jignesh for the gift they have presented to Carmel in the life of Fr. Jignesh. Fr Kaushik Parmar, the Parish Priest and Superior proposed the vote of thanks on behalf of the community and the parish.

It was really a joyful and gracious celebration and a beautiful sight to have more than 25 Carmelite priests from all over the Province in the celebration. Fr Jignesh is the third priest to be ordained from Gujarat and we pray and hope that many more will join the garden of Carmel to share the fragrance of Jesus to all. The entire K.G. Province congratulates and felicitates Fr Jignesh and wishes him in his priestly ministry and accompanies him through their prayerful and fraternal support.

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