HASSAN CARMEL TURNS SILVER!
We thank God for all the blessings he has showered
on the community of OCD Nuns at Hassan Carmel.
Initially the inauguration of the Carmel was fixed
for 8th of December, 1992, but because of the
Ayodhya problem, it had to be shifted to 14th of
December. Fr. Gregory D'Souza OCD (then Provincial)
and Fr. Joe Tauro (then First Prov. Councillor)
braved the hostile and tensed situation prevailing
around and made it in time for the Eucharistic
Now 25 years later, the thanksgiving Mass was
celebrated on 14th of December, 2017, presided over
by Most Rev. Thomasappa Anthony Swamy, the Bishop of
Chickmagalur. There were 22 priests who
concelebrated. At the beginning the following
lighted the Jubilee lamp: The Bishop, Fr Charles
Serrao (Provincial), Fr. Ronald Cardoza (Parish
Priest of Hassan), Fr. Dominic Savio SDB (Superior
of the Salesians, who are their regular chaplains),
Fr. James Gonsalves SJ (Confessor), Sr. Jacintha OCD
(representing the Mother Carmel of Mangalore), Sr.
Cynthia (Sisters of Charity, representing the
religious) and Mrs. Zita Sham (representing the
benefactors and friends).
The four inmates of the Carmel (Srs. Anne Therese,
Mary Josepha, Mary Paul and Mary Naomi) who were
pioneers of the foundation had a very prominent role
in the Liturgy. While Sr. Anne Therese read a brief
history of the Carmel at the beginning of the
Eucharst, all the four presented symbolic gifts at
the offertory. Fr. Charles Serrao, Provincial
Superior, preached a homily in which he highlighted
the example of St John of the Cross. At the end of
the Solemn Eucharist, Fr. Silvestre D'Souza OCD
thanked all on behalf of the community. This was
followed by a fellowship meal.
A BRIEF HISTORY: It was the desire of the first
Bishop of Chickmagalur, Most Rev. Alphonse Mathias
to have a Carmel in his Diocese from the beginning
(1963) but it got realized only after he was
transferred to Bangalore, and was succeeded by Most
Rev. J. B. Seuqeira. We have to recall some nuns who
rendered their service to the Carmel at different
periods of time: Srs. Lilia (Mangalore Carmel) and
Josephine (Trichy Carmel). Later there was Sr.
Rosemira who expired in 2003. At present there are
12 members. Besides the four pioneers the others
are: Srs. Mercy, Mary Emmanuel, Maria Jyothi, Mary
Theresia, Caroline, Nina (from Chicalim Carmel),
Reena (from Mangalore Carmel) and Marie Elizabeth,
the present Prioress (from Baroda Carmel).
We gratefully acknowledge the role of Mangalore
Carmel, from where this foundation was planned and
then formed. While Mangalore is the oldest Carmel in
the Province (est. in 1870), Hassan is the youngest
(est. in 1992).
Our felicitations to the community on crossing this
milestone. May God bless you all and grant you good